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How To Paint a Small Planter if the Colours don’t Suit Your Decor Style

You can quickly transform a small planter into a pretty décor item with just paint.

What do you do when you see the cutest mini planter in your favourite homeware store’s budget isle – but the colours don’t match your décor?  You paint it, of course. 

I came across this cutie on a shopping trip the other day.  It was marked down, and although the yellow did not call out to me, I loved the texture.  I knew that I could paint it while still keeping that lovely texture.  This DIY is so easy, and mine even looks perfect for fall décor (even though we have spring right now).

How to Paint a Small Planter - Before |
Small Planter before |

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Step 1:  Gather your supplies for painting your small planter

For this project, you will need the following:

  • A planter of your choice
  • Sanding Paper (I used 220 grit)
  • Spray Primer
  • Paint colours of your choice and paint brushes

Step 2:  Sand and Prime your planter

I’ve seen this over and over again.  When painting décor items or furniture, you can sometimes get away without using a primer, but sanding is a must.  In this case, I decided to do both.  I did not want any of the yellow paint to bleed through.  So I opted for a spray primer with a stain blocker.  I only sprayed one thin coat after sanding and cleaning the small planter. 

How to Paint a Small Planter - Sanded |
How to Paint a Small Planter - Primed |

Step 3:  Paint your base colours

I wanted my planter to have an ombre effect rather than the sharp colour blocks it had before.  I started by painting the top half a light grey and added a soft gold colour to the bottom half.  At this stage, I decided that I did not like the colour contrast and painted the top half in a coral instead.  This is the colour I used for my mini boho succulent planter

Top half painted light grey |
Bottom half painted gold |
Top Half painted coral |

Step 4: Add detail and depth

For the final step, I used gold spray paint.  I sprayed in small bursts, focussing on the centre line that I wanted to soften.  Finally, I also dry brushed some of the gold and then some of the coral paint, concentrating on the diagonal lines of the weave pattern. 

How to Paint a Small Planter - adding gold spray paint |
How to Paint a Small Planter - adding depth with dry brush |

And that is really how easy it is to paint a planter.  This project takes minimal effort, and if you have paint in your stock-pile, it is almost free.  Maybe shop your home first and see if there are any planters or ceramic items you can paint.

How to Paint a Small Planter - after |
How to Paint a Small Planter |
How to Paint a Small Planter |

So don’t pass those budget-isle décor items up

I learned from this not to judge a book/planter/vase by its cover.  It is so easy to transform any of these décor accessory items with paint.  Either to give them more character or just to update the colours to suit your home and décor style.

How to Paint a Small Planter |

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We are going away for a quick family trip, and I’m looking forward to it so much!  I’ll be back for another post on October the 8th with my Home office Design Plan.  Until then, take care!

Junette |

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  • Sara

    It’s cute! I love the subtle two-tone look! Paint really is magical.

    September 26, 2020 at 5:25 am Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Sara. I love how we mostly do similar projects!

      October 11, 2020 at 7:39 pm Reply
  • Martina

    I love the colors you chose for this! Such a gorgeous ombre effect!

    September 29, 2020 at 1:35 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Martina. I know you have a soft sport for ombré! 🙂

      October 11, 2020 at 7:38 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    I love how you use paint to transform items into what you love. Love the planter too!

    October 3, 2020 at 5:09 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thanks, Elizabeth. I’ll paint anything if it stands still long enough. 😉

      October 11, 2020 at 7:38 pm Reply
  • Erin

    This turned out so nice. I definitely like it a lot better now that it is not quite so in your face yellow. Great job!

    October 14, 2020 at 10:57 pm Reply
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