Perked Up Pots and Planters

A red planter adds a bit of color, even before the plants are in full bloom.
A red planter adds a bit of color, even before the plants are in full bloom.

A few weeks ago when Mike and I brought the annuals out of storage and put them in the back for the summer, we noticed how worn out the planters looked.  These are plastic planters, not the ones like Tonka toys plastic (those never seem to age), but the single wall kind.  They were sun bleached, cracked, and splotchy.

Mike decided to try spray paint the planters to refresh them.  He did a really good paint job, and they looked new when he finished.  I plan to go back with a bit of brown paint on the trim, to give them some dimension.  So far, the paint has held up really well in the Texas heat.

A faded gray pot is refreshed with a coat of spray paint.
A faded gray pot is refreshed with a coat of spray paint.

If you want to try this at home, you will need:

Spray paint in the color of your choice.  We used two types of Valspar Brand.  See the photo below.

A drop cloth to protect your decking.

A piece of cardboard or plastic sheeting to protect your plant.

A freshly painted planter is left to dry.
A freshly painted planter is left to dry.

Make sure it is not too windy of a day and that any overspray won’t get on your car or your house.  Put the pot on the drop cloth.  Mike used a piece of cardboard to protect the plant, moving the cardboard as he went around the pot (see photo of Mike painting above).  You could cover the plant in plastic or an old sheet, just don’t leave it like that too long.

Spray paint offers numerous options for quickly refreshing pots and planters!
Spray paint offers numerous options for quickly refreshing pots and planters!

Voilà, you now have a perked up pot that will liven up your garden area.  Mike painted two of ours in a terra cotta color, and he painted one as a pop of color in red.

Much better!
Much better!

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