Patio Decorating Progress

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Our new patio is looking good, but it needs a bit of “green”, as my husband said.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive pots but I had something in mind.  I love aged copper pots on patios — but I couldn’t spend $30++ each on pots (especially when I wanted four of them) — solution . . . spray paint some plastic ones!

I found these inexpensive green pots at a hardware store for $2.50 each.  I purchased four along with a $9 can of Rust-oleum aged copper spray paint!

spray painting plastic

I’ve never spray painted plastic before, although I knew it could be done.  When picking your paint, make sure it’s designed to go directly onto plastic — it’s no fun if you have to prime it first.

I did it outside, of course, and tried to protect the grass by using old boxes to spray on.  Make sure you read through the instructions carefully on the can, shake really, really well and when you’re spraying, make sure that you’re continuously moving the can at a nice even rate.  If you stop moving in one spot you’ll get an icky looking blob of paint — go too quickly and you’ll get it on too thin.

spray painting plastic

Because of the shape of the pots (with the lip at the top), I had to paint it in two different coats.  One to get the top lip, inside and around exterior.  Then when it was completely dry, I flipped it over and got the bottom of the pot and under the lip and touched up any spots I missed.

spray painting plastic

These pots will hold only flowers, so I don’t have to worry about any contaminants from the paint into the plants as we won’t be eating them.

I got the plant stands from my mother-in-law’s basement (they weren’t being used right now) and I think they look great.  Just imagine them with flowers flowing out of them!

spray painting plastic

There was one more borrowed plant stand (for one more pot) and then my big purchase of the large patio pot I really liked ($40).

spray painting plastic

I think it’s starting to look great — now I just need some plants for the pots!

spray painting plastic
spray painting plastic

Notice my melting candles — aren’t they funny!  My outdoor candle holder (from Ikea) and the candles sold next to them.  Too hot for them here I guess.  They just couldn’t handle the heat!

spray painting plastic
12 Comments

12 Comments on Patio Decorating Progress

  1. ThreeOldKeys
    July 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM (5 years ago)

    those copper pots look great !!! you were extra-smart to choose some with textured designs.

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  2. Anonymous
    February 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM (5 years ago)

    Spray the stands all the same color…perhaps black or match the bronze!

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  3. Cristina Mcvay
    December 3, 2014 at 3:05 AM (3 years ago)

    Really, Your new patio is looking good.Thanks for sharing with us.

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  4. Maynard Pearson
    October 28, 2015 at 11:42 AM (2 years ago)

    Those pots look fantastic in your garden, love it.

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    • Vanessa@PunkinPatterns
      October 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks!

      Reply
  5. Alicia J. McCormick
    December 17, 2015 at 9:53 PM (2 years ago)

    Congratulations! You did a really good job. Your PATIO are very beautiful now. I’m doing some research on painting, too. I have an old coffee table and I want to paint it. But I have no idea.

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  6. Richard Leverette
    April 26, 2016 at 12:59 PM (1 year ago)

    So love your blog! Just caught up on some amazing posts!

    Reply
  7. Richard Leverette
    April 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM (1 year ago)

    That great ! I like the color, they look so cute. Do you use Paint Sprayer?

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  8. Adriana Wilford
    June 17, 2017 at 6:32 AM (4 months ago)

    They’re looking very real Vanessa. Of course, you can’t beat the real deal but for 2.50$ – fantastic! I’ve used Rust oleum before to refurbish old cabinets so i know they’re quality. Thanks for sharing!

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