Find out how to create designer search for much less DIY concrete planters with a pretend end utilizing leftover impartial cans of spray paint.
This mission positively began out as a whim kind of factor.
Robert will inform you I’ve a leftover spray paint hoarding drawback. I imply if you happen to have been to stroll into our storage on any given day, you’d discover a cupboard chock filled with half used cans of spray paint as a result of ya know… #DIYerProblems
Why throw out completely good spray paint if you may use it at some point on some random object?
Effectively, enter stated random object: a few resin Walmart planters.
Since I did this rustic desk lamp makeover just a few weeks in the past, I had some textured spray paint nonetheless in my stash.
So creating fake DIY concrete planters with the leftover paint appeared like the right resolution to make use of it up whereas reaching a designer search for our entrance porch.
Fluted Concrete Planters Designer Inspiration
I don’t know if you happen to’ve mosied round planters on the excessive finish retailers’ websites recently, however Pottery Barn, Rejuvenation, Terrain, and West Elm all have these beautiful fluted concrete planters that go for roughly $100-$300 every.
Then, I noticed these DIY fake stone planters Jenna Sue Design made which are completely beautiful if you happen to needed to try a extra genuine model. She made these hypertufa stone planters which are wonderful too.
Fake DIY Concrete Planters Utilizing Spray Paint
However for mine, I needed to try to make use of what I had within the spray paint stash.
Robert is so happy with me for dwindling my hoarding pile, by the way in which. (I did it, babe! Solely like 40 half used spray paint cans to go! Haha! Okay, I’m exaggerating perhaps a little bit.)
TIP 1: You’ll be able to adapt a wide selection of impartial paint colours you might have in your stash to suit this mission. Don’t really feel the necessity to purchase precisely what I used. Quite a lot of grey, beige, black, and tan spray paints (ideally flat sheen) in numerous quantities can do the job.
TIP 2: This mission works greatest with textured spray paint. Nonetheless, if you happen to solely have flat paint, sprinkle sand onto the nonetheless moist freshly spray painted floor proper after the primary coat. Then, cowl the sand layer with a second coat of spray paint to attain the same texture of concrete.
Step 1 – Prime
I did this mission on a heat, sunny day on some scrap cardboard as a drop fabric in our yard. Undoubtedly don’t try this one when it’s chilly or very humid outdoors as the feel most definitely received’t arrange appropriately.
Spray one mild even coat of primer everywhere in the exterior of the planter and let dry for correct paint adhesion.
Step 2 – Apply 1 Skinny Even Coat of Textured Mild Grey Spray Paint
Sluggish and regular wins the race with spray paint. Apply spray paint in a sweeping movement, all the time transferring, barely overlapping your earlier move to create a skinny, even coat. Keep away from a thick coat to forestall dripping.
In case you’re not utilizing textured spray paint: Whereas your first coat of flat paint continues to be moist, mud the planter’s floor with silica sand till lined in a skinny layer. The primary coat of moist paint acts because the sand’s “glue”. Apply one other mild coat of sunshine grey spray paint to the sandy floor to cowl the sand with coloration.
Step 3 – Apply Sporadic Uneven Coats of All Spray Paint Colours
Right here’s the place you will get a little bit “inventive” along with your look. There may be actually no proper or fallacious means to do that step.
You don’t need to paint your planters all one even coloration as a result of that’s not the character of concrete. Actual concrete planters are splotchy with variations of sunshine grey, darkish grey, beige, tan, and black, and also you need to mimic that pure look.
So begin by spraying a really mild, uneven, haphazard coat (nonetheless avoiding drips) of the second paint coloration everywhere in the planter, permitting a few of the first paint coloration to peek by way of beneath. Repeat that very same uneven, haphazard portray course of with the third coloration, the fourth coloration, and so forth if you happen to’re including extra.
The extra imperfect it’s, the higher as a result of concrete itself is imperfect.
Step 4 – Seal with Spar Urethane
As soon as the spray painted floor is 100% dry after a few hours, apply 2-3 mild, even coats of spray clear oil based mostly spar urethane to guard the paint from any moisture outside. You should definitely permit every coat to utterly dry earlier than making use of a further coat of sealer.
The Completed Fake Concrete Planters
Not unhealthy for utilizing up a bunch of paint leftovers, huh? (By the way in which, don’t neglect to come out the drainage holes on your flowers.)
If it’s important to exit and purchase all of those supplies to make your DIY concrete planters from scratch, I don’t suppose this mission can be extraordinarily price efficient.
But it surely’s nice if you solely want to purchase 2-3 mission provides to complement alongside supplies you have already got in your stash contemplating the worth of the actual model.
Plus, it’s comparatively quick since mixing baggage of concrete, working with concrete round molds, and permitting correct dry time is a prolonged course of when doing the actual factor.
You’ll be able to see extra small porch concepts on a funds right here to get warm-weather-ready. You’ll be able to see methods to misery painted outside planters and construct a window planter field right here too.