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Painted Garden Pots

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Painted Garden Pots - The PaletteRestor’d, our stockist in New South Wales, Australia, set us a lovely outdoor project all the way from down under!  Like most people, stockist Shani Smith loves the look of antique garden pots that look like they “have been aging gracefully in European gardens over hundreds of years.”  She wanted to get a similar look in her own garden, but was on a budget.  Using her creativity, Shani transformed simple, budget-friendly plastic pots from a local gardening store to authentic English garden pieces!  You can read more about how she did it on her own blog, and be sure to check out her beautiful store on Facebook here.

Painted Garden Pots - The PaletteShe created a base coat for her pots with Country Grey Chalk Paint®.

Painted Garden Pots - The PaletteA mixture of Olive, Florence, and some sand and dirt made for the rustic, worn English country look!

Painted Garden Pots - The PaletteThe next step was to add washes of Olive, Primer Red, and Provence in a “drip”-like pattern.

Painted Garden Pots - The PaletteThe final before and after! What a great transformation.  Remember, for outdoor pieces, Annie Sloan Soft Wax is not required.

Painted Garden Pots - The Palette

What do you think of Shani’s pieces? Would you try this in your own garden? Let us know below!

 

 

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  • Lin

    I wonder if this technique would work with plastic rain barrels… how does the chalk paint hold up outdoors in all weather?

    • http://blog.unfolded.com Jamie Bertel

      Hi Lin. While there will be some natural wear over time, Chalk Paint® holds up quite well outside. We recommend if painting outdoors that you don’t seal the paint with anything, and that you give the paint a few days to cure before placing it outside. I hope this helps!

  • Denise Van Gelder Samuel

    In a heartbeat…I was mulling over different ideas, and I hadn’t thought chalk paint would hold up. Adding sand for texture is also perfect. Thanks for posting…LOVE what you did with ordinary old plastic pots!

    • http://blog.unfolded.com Jamie Bertel

      Thanks Denise!

  • Patricia Merrett Purselley

    love this, can’t lift heavy pots anymore, this is great thanks so much. do like yard to look great

  • Houdini’s Human

    They look great. How does this paint stand up to rain, and freezing and thawing?

    • http://blog.unfolded.com Jamie Bertel

      Thanks! While there will be some natural wear over time, Chalk Paint® holds up quite well outside. We recommend if painting outdoors that you don’t seal the paint with anything, and that you give the paint a few days to cure before placing it outside.