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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Project: Spray paint and make it better

Just to get you motivated for Memorial Day weekend projects,  here's a little fun project I did recently...

DIY Spray Paint Planter |

This was something I bought several years ago.  It is supposed to be a centerpiece type of basket for fruit or such.  Well, it doesn't really fit the fruit as well as I expected and I couldn't come up with something I could ever really use it for.  But, I didn't have the heart to get rid of it.  So....

DIY Spray Paint |

I spray painted it with a can of spray paint I had sitting in our shed that I had bought and changed my mind about using.  

DIY Moss Planter |

I took some moss that I had from another project, which is available at Amazon Here and soaked it in a bucket of water...

DIY Moss Planter |

Then, I squeezed out the excess water from the moss and lined the centerpiece on the bottom and sides...

DIY Wire Planter |

Because the wire is a little wide apart, I took some newspaper and laid in on the bottom before filling with dirt..

DIY Wire Planter |

Then, I filled the sides some more with moss and put dirt on top of the newspaper.  I repeated this process for all three tiers.  I took succulents to fill in.  Note, above, the tiny succulent...I was able to pull it apart and use it in four areas.  I did this with several small succulents to save money and spread it out.

DIY Succulent Planter |

The best part of using succulents is that they are heat tolerant (this will go on my HOT deck) and I only have to water them ONCE a week!

Spray Painted Wire Planter |

Once I have all three tiers done, I need to "dress" the soil.  I used to use bark, but I have now started using pebbles and rocks.  They look especially nice with succulents. Don't buy fancy, polished stones - just get the cheap pebbles in the back of the Lowe's or Home Depot gardening area or through Amazon Here. It helps to cover the soil to keep it from splashing when watering and it dresses it up.  It also helps the flowers and plants "pop" and looks great!

DIY Planters |

 Here's the final product:

DIY Spray Painted Planter |

And up close:

DIY Spray Painted Planter |

Here's what my dog, Rusty, does while I'm working on a project:

Lazy Dog |

 He follows me everywhere so he finally got tired of me going back and forth...

Anyway, you can do this with any metal surface and turn just about anything into a container to hold flowers or succulents.  Enjoy!

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  1. Becky, this looks beautiful! I'll definitely be doing this for my patio. :)

  2. I LOVE that! We just put a new deck on the front of our house and I've been trying to figure out what to put on it. Thanks for the idea!

  3. I have this basket too! Wondering if its still in my garage? Think I'm going to have to steal your idea! Thanks!

  4. What a great project! Love the shade of blue.

  5. That fruit stand makes a fabulous planter!

  6. Your new planter is absolutely gorgeous, I love the bright touch of blue. And rusty is precious. I want to reach through the picture and squeeze that animal.

  7. Waaaay cute! A great second life for that and i love the color you picked. (:

  8. This is seriously adorable! I love the transformation!! So creative! I'm visiting from the paint party and wanted to say hello! I'm happy to be your newest follower! Swing by and say hello at FFD..I love new friends!
    All the best!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  9. Thanks for sharing this inspiration. I have a copper 3-tier hanging fruit basket that I've been wanting to transform like this. I never thought to paint it. You did a great job! Rebecca


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