How To Imitation Complete A Plastic Flower Pot

 What looks similar a cast concrete or rock planter is really but a plastic blossom pot painted to 
resemble something much more hefty and pricey. A planter similar this 1 will expect 
great inwards a staged abode , either indoors or out , belongings real plants or silks.

Take one cheapo plastic blossom pot and turn it into a classy cement planter. Magic? No , it's simply pigment , in addition to you lot tin can make it yourself , even if you lot've never done fake finishes earlier. Don't allow the French discussion scare you.

Here'second my Step-past-Step for creating the bloom pot pictured in a higher place. It'second a quick together with slowly DIY project.

Gather material

Doing this projection exterior is best. The pigment volition dry out more than apace amongst meliorate air circulation , as well as y'all'll accept fewer surfaces to protect. However , if it'sec in a higher place 70 degrees , detect a shady place or look for a cooler time because the paint tin dry out also fast. Here'second what y'all require.
  • Work surface too driblet cloth
  • Plastic or resin blossom pot , preferably 1 with a thick meridian edge
  • Gloves
  • Two rags
  • Medium grade sandpaper
  • Paint stick to stir pigment
  • Paintbrush , not an expensive i
  • Plastic bucket , 1-quart to i-gallon
  • Screwdriver or painter's v-in-one tool
  • Latex primer like Zinser or Kilz
  • Natural sponge
  • Cardboard , or 3 disposable newspaper or foam plates , or pieces of aluminum foil
  • Three latex semi-gloss or satin housepaints or craft paints (medium or light grey , white , and black)
  • Optional: clear sealer (either spray paint or liquid)

Prepare the container

Cover your run surface with a dropcloth to protect it. Using a dry rag , wipe the container to take any loose dirt , including the inside. Put on your gloves. Sand the container'sec exterior surface.
 
Sanding volition hand the surface "tooth" to aid paint adhere ameliorate. As yous tin can see , I am recycling an former container. The container yous false complete needn't live novel , simply it needs to be make clean.

Paint alongside primer

Invert the planter together with showtime at the bottom. Brush on pigment. It will dry chop-chop , specially if y'all are working outside as well as it is warm or windy.
 
  If the planter has feet , pigment all sides to live certain none of the erstwhile colour shows when you lot are done.
Paint the bottom half , as well as the underside of the tiptop lip before yous prepare the planter correct side upward.
Next , paint the sides with the planter inwards an upright place. Use your gloved hands to 
rotate the box from the peak lip.

 Paint inside the summit border , which will be visible even later on the planter is filled.
 Your primed planter volition expect similar this. Don't worry virtually coverage. You're just making certain the next coat sticks. Check for drips in addition to runs before the prime number coat dries.

Apply a base of operations coat of grey

Follow the same steps equally the prime coat , starting at the bottom when the planter is inverted.
Your planter should expect something similar this when it has an fifty-fifty coat of grayness every bit a background.  

Sponge on white paint

Dampen the sponge. Pour a small total of white paint into the plastic bucket. Add an equal amount of water together with stir. For my planter , which measured 15 inches tall , I used less than i/iv cup of white pigment for sponging. Dab the sponge into the pigment as well as then dab nigh of the paint off onto a slice of cardboard , disposable plate , or aluminum foil. Practice on the interior of the planter until you become the experience of sponging to imitate texture.
 
  Lightly dab pigment onto surface , moving the sponge about to create a random design. I used a slice of aluminum foil to take away excess pigment from the sponge.
Overlap the sponging blueprint , together with leave some areequally grey.

Apply dark wash

After the entire surface is randomly sponged with white , wash your sponge well too lay it away. Wash the plastic bucket , too role it to mix a small sum of dark paint alongside an equal sum of H2O , nigh the same amount equally you mixed of white paint.  Brush the entire painted surface amongst the diluted black pigment. It should settle into any groves in addition to crevices. Lightly wipe the surface to withdraw virtually of the black wash. It should hand the planter a slightly aged look. 
 Have a rag fix to wipe off the diluted dark pigment. 
 
 The wash will expect like this when you brush it on. 
Don't worry near coverage , simply brand certain black paint gets into crevices. 
After the dark launder is wiped off , your planter will have a softer expect.  The pigment should dry apace.

Add splatter

This tin become messy , then protect whatsoever side by side surfaces. Using the same dark launder , load your brush amongst it , in addition to then take away near of the pigment. Rap the brush sharply against a screwdriver or 5-inward-ane tool to make a splatter design of dark pigment on the planter. Rotate the planter to do all sides , including inside the elevation edge. You may pick out to place the planter on a cardboard box and walk about it rather than rotate it. Aim for a random only all-over splatter pattern. If around drops are besides big or wait more than like streaks than dots , use a rag to dab them away while they are withal moisture.
Practice your splattering technique on the inside of the planter before you lot do the exterior. 
Keep the brush at to the lowest degree a foot away from the surface. 
Your planter should look evenly splattered when yous are done. You tin can make a lot of
splattering or a footling. I tin imagine two of these , each with a topiary on either side of a forepart door.

It's optional to encompass your run alongside a coat of clear sealer. It tin can pass the pigment an extra layer of protection if used exterior , as well as it tin add a subtle sheen to the finish. I sprayed a coat of clear satin finish on this planter to go far expect more granite-like. 

This is a resin pot that I faux finished alongside pinkish undertones. 
You tin take natural stone colors that function amongst the colors of your staged habitation.

Ordinary plastic flower pots for indoors are perfect for simulated stone finishes.
Just prime , sponge together with glaze.
 Even glass vases can live converted to rock planters. Look for classic shapes like this 1.

I paid but $8 each for these planters at Big Lots. They were manifestly brown plastic. One bang-up affair most plastic pots is that when yous move , they're lightweight and so they're slowly to have with y'all.


 
This is why I advise using an quondam or cheap paint brush. The splattering will destroy it. The side of my brush is all banged inward too the bristles are splayed. Save your Purdy.

You're but a few steps away from creating an impressive but thrifty staging prop for your dwelling house. And help yourself to more ideas together with instructions for DIY projects inward my $4.99 eBooksec. Surprise yourself with what you lot're able to do to phase and decorate your ain dwelling house!

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