Plastic Flower Pot revamp …

01/03/2015 § 11 Comments

I know – you hate them too – large plastic planters in orange or green tones.  I needed some very large pots and took a jaunt off to a wonderful nursery near Stockbridge the other day.  There they have an amazing array of planters but the ones I wanted were stone and cost way, way over my budget.  Later that day I took a trip to our local household recycling centre and was amazed to find a whole stack of 5 pots which were just the right size but unfortunately all plastic!  After a swift negotiation though, they came home with me – all for well under a tenner!

BEFORE …

there were 2 of these

there were 2 of these

and two of these

and two of these

and one of these enormous ones

and one of these enormous ones

I had an audience whilst I prepared my paints – yes, I decided to paint them and see what I could achieve …

Fluff - my very tame garden robin.  There are 2 of them and Fluff has fluffy wings!

Fluff – my very tame garden robin. There are 2 of them and Fluff has fluffy wings!

"What are you up to?"

“What are you up to?”

Not just any paint - chalk paints - a cheaper option than the famous one, from Homebase

Not just any paint – chalk paints, a cheaper option than the famous one – from Homebase

After …

it took under an hour to coat them all in 'Cocoa'

it took under an hour to coat them all in ‘Cocoa’ and on the bottom left is a finished one – stone effect

next to an original zinc tub, it looks good with the old lead horse that came with me years ago from Wales

next to an original zinc tub, it looks good with the old lead horse that came with me years ago from Wales

what do you think?

what do you think?

Belle thought she'd get in on the act

Belle thought she’d get in on the act

and Flora wasn't very interested

and Flora wasn’t very interested

Latest news … Fluff has been chased off the window feeder by Mrs Blackbird who is stocking up for night-time.  She just loves mealworms!  The tiny tomtits are really noisy and land on the feeder with such a wallop – as though they have their wellies on!  I have an amazing number of birds visiting the kitchen feeders – long tailed tits the other day.  It was such a treat to see their beautiful blush colours.

What have you been up to this weekend?

Adaliza x

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§ 11 Responses to Plastic Flower Pot revamp …

  • chopkins2011 says:

    Brilliant transformation. Your efforts have made me rethink my dislike of plastic. Perhaps you will have to repaint every so often but that is a lot cheaper than stone. Years ago in the Majorelle gardens in Marrakech, where every pot is either blue green or yellow, we saw the pots getting a new coat of paint, apparently this happens every year

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  • kaydeerouge says:

    Your pot painting is just brilliant! Any tips on how you achieved the “weathered” effect, please!

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  • adaliza says:

    I’ll do a tutorial in a few days – weather willing!

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  • rusty duck says:

    It looks like it’s been there for years!

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  • adaliza says:

    What a perfect thought – thank you!

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  • Roxanne Smart says:

    Love your new/old flower pots. Recycling/upcycling is the best, especially with an artist’s touch!
    Here in the northwestern USA it’s looking like spring. Bulbs are popping up and the warm weather birds are appearing.
    Your garden is delightful – a lovely spot to sit and do handwork!

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  • adaliza says:

    We have bulbs appearing too and the early flowering cherry has fat buds appearing – much to the delight of the fat pigeons!

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  • downbytheseadorset.blogspot,co,uk says:

    Those flower pots look so different you did a great job on them! Sorry I somehow lost the comment you sent me about Flora eating your plants. I hope she will continue not to take much interest in the new ones! Hope you trip to Cornwall goes ok, I know how much you both enjoyed being down there. Sarah x

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  • Angel Jem says:

    Those flowerpots look tonnes better! Well done for such a good, effective and frugal revamp!

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  • Debbie says:

    Great idea with the plastic pots
    Did you put the chalk paint straight on to the pots
    Please let me know because I want to get on with mine this week

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  • adaliza says:

    Hi – yes, straight onto the pots. Just make sure they’re clean first.

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