Metal Planter Makeover: spending less than $10 to transform a dollar store item into a pretty spring planter
Today is April 10, but you sure wouldn’t know it by the temperature outside! It’s been too cold here to plant annuals, but I have an inexpensive metal planter makeover to share with you today that can hold some pretty flowers until they can be planted outside.
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It’s all part of Ten on the Tenth where ten bloggers share thrifty ideas that cost under $10.
The shininess shouted cheap to me, but I loved the embossed words.
I knew I could give this planter an upgrade with a little paint.
The planter is fairly small since it is only 10.5 inches long, but it’s the perfect size to place on a table or counter indoors. Or, it’s also a great size for a gift.
When I was out in the storage building looking for paint, I spotted this can of plastic primer. I wasn’t sure it it would help prime a metal surface but I sprayed it anyway. (If you decide to paint one of these planters yourself, you could totally skip this step if you use spray paint that contains primer.)
No problem, though. I used a small piece of sandpaper to remove the paint from the letters. But I couldn’t help getting some sanding marks around the letters. So I took a small brush and touched up the paint around them to remove the marks.
I just love the pretty spring colors of the flowers with the soft blue of the painted metal planter. So much better than the cheap, shiny finish that was on it originally.
So I spent about $7 (not counting the sandpaper, primer, paint, and Spanish moss which I already had on hand) on this dollar store metal planter makeover!
I don’t think anyone would ever know that this planter started out as a cheap, shiny dollar store item!
I’m thinking that these planters make great gifts for teachers, mothers, or for someone who needs a little spring in her life!
Now it’s time to check out the ideas that the other Ten on the Tenth ladies have for us!