Upcycled Planter – Thrifted Project

Upcycled Planter | Mom 4 Real on @Remodelaholic

 Hey, hey Remodelaholic peeps!  I’m Jessica from Mom 4 Real, an I’m so excited to be back sharing another thrifty project for under $20!  This is the third one I am sharing, so be sure to go check out the DIY Night Light and Thrifted Picture Frame Turned Chalkboard from the past two months!  This month I am sharing an Upcycled Planter…because I am absolutely dying for Spring!!

Upcycled Planter Before

 Here in Kentucky, we have had a brutal winter…tons of snow, below zero temps and too many snow days for this mom. It’s time to add a little color an at least make it feel a little more like spring in here! I bought this rusty planter with geraniums at The Peddler’s Mall quite a while back for around $5, but feel like it needs a makeover.  So, I grabbed some of my favorite chalky paint, my favorite paint brush, a sanding block and some furniture wax and got to work!

Upcycled Planter - Painted With Chalky Finish Paint

 This paint will glide onto anything…for this project, I chose Lace, which is a creamy white.

Upcycled Planter - Paint

 I simply painted two coats onto the planter, allowing them to dry in between coats.

Upcycled Planter - White

 It doesn’t need to be completely covered, I want to rough it up a bit.

Upcycled Planter - Distressing

Just take some sand paper or a sanding block and distress it a bit.

Upcycled Planter - Waxing

 Once you are finished distressing it, take a clean white cloth and apply a little bit of wax.  After about 20 minutes, take another white cloth and wipe any excess wax away.

Upcycled Planter with g

 I wiped the silk geraniums off a bit an placed them back in the planter…I just love the way they look…all springy and french!

The total cost for this project would be around $9.  Don’t want to hit the thrift store?  Grab a terra cotta pot and dry brush some acrylic paint on it for a similar look, then add silk flowers or a live plant!

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Happy thrifting!

Looking for more upcycling ideas?

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  1. This looks so good. I can’t wait for spring to be here full swing. It was 70* yesterday but today is only 43*. I hope your having a great Sunday.

    1. We are having the same kind of weather here, Leslie! Spring is coming eventually! Thanks for the comment!