June 18, 2012

A Garden Revival {DIY}

I’ve been late in getting my patio planters going this year – it seems every weekend has been filled with one thing or another … sigh …  But this past weekend I finally got around to tackling a simple DIY that has been on my list!

I’ve looked longingly at those nice heavy stone or cast iron planters,


but couldn’t bring myself to spend upwards of $100 each, so I thought I would improvise and revive a couple of old green planters I’ve been using for the last several years.


The sun has done a number on their finish, and to tell you the truth I wasn’t loving the patina anymore.  To top it all off I have a pink patio – yes …. PINK!  I also have a PINK driveway … don’t judge … was here when we bought and I cannot for the life of me convince hubby to spend $$ on something that “works just fine” … sigh

I’ve been attempting to keep the furniture and accessories as neutral as possible – sticking to the grays and blacks.  So that meant only one thing – the green had to go!



I stopped by my local RONA store and picked up a can of Rust-o-Leum Universal spray paint in Black Satin.  While there I picked up the new plants that would adorn the revived garden planters – and a few other goodies – who can shop at RONA and not pick up “a few other goodies” – NOT me! 






Using my makeshift painters platform (2 workbenches covered with an old tarp, I covered them with 2 coats of the spray paint. Here they are in the drying stage.  Big difference!









And after letting them dry for the required 24 hours (this had to be the hardest part … sigh… not a patient woman, am I), I filled them up with some grasses, flowers and succulents… and voila … a revived garden planter! 

Yikes after looking at that pink patio in pictures – I think there is an outdoor area carpet in the works!


And here are some shots of the pretty plants … I can’t resist taking pictures of flowers …




I’m linking up to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.  Head on over to see what other cool revivals DIY bloggers are undertaking – you won’t be sorry!


  1. Lovely transformation Donna! It's amazing what a can of spray paint can do!

  2. Wow, great idea! I've moved my blogging to Styling w/ Children, FYI

  3. I have too been on a kick painting pots... still have more to do....this turned out great!

  4. An easy & inexpensive way to totally change up your planters :-) They look great in black, and love those purple flowers :-)

    This may be a crazy idea, but I wonder if you could paint your pink stone? There's that paint that has texture that you can use on stairs and pool decks, and I found this one on the Home Hardware web site: http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Paint-D%C3%A9cor/Paint/National-Interior/Latex/PAINT-LTX-CNCRT-FLR-GULL-3-78L/_/N-ntlqd/R-I1855914


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