Shabby Planter Box How-to

Shabby Planter Box How-to
I had sooo much fun with this planter box redo this weekend! I found it a few weeks ago at a local thrift store for less than two dollars (originally $3.49, but I found it on the half off sale day woot woot!) I knew I wanted to start out with painting it black, but I had to figure out if I wanted it to have a more modern look or shabby. 
I used black spray paint, allowing it to dry for about 30 minutes between coats.  It took three coats to cover the green plastic well.  I did not use any primer or sand it at all, just used the type of spray-paint that works on plastic too.
I used a little bit of acrylic paint and a sponge-tipped brush to dab the green paint on (I used a light olive green) and allowed the stenciled areas to dry.
The planter box was coming together, and I usually like to sand the edges down a bit on a piece, but this is plastic.  So, I used white acrylic paint to distress the planter by blotting the foam-tipped brush after loading with some white paint, and lightly brushed the edges and random areas to age the planter.
I used a coat of sealant so it would be safe to use outside and not lose it’s shabby fabulousness.  And here is how it turned out.  I really like the colors, and since my patio furniture is black, with black and white pillows, I think it will look really pretty. Now I just need to get to the nursery and begin planting!
Hope this brings some inspiration to you as you spruce up your nest on a dime!

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  1. Looks great!

  2. Thank you Kristin! I can't wait to fill it with flowers, have a wonderful day 🙂

  3. This is really cute! Also LOVE your blog background! Thank you for following me, I am following you back on GFC and Pinterest! Blessings!
    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  4. Wow! It's amazing how you were able to take a drab plastic container and transform it into something awesome. I love the technique you used with the white paint. Wonderful job!

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  5. This is great! I always see these planter boxes at thrift stores and now I may try to make them a bit more fun! I have a linky party that starts Friday night and goes through Monday. I would love for you to start sharing your great projects with us!

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  6. @ Barbara-Chase The Star: Thank you so much for the comment and follow back! I am having a blast and really enjoying getting to know so many creative women(that's ALL if you!) out there

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  7. That turned out great, Tanya! I love the color and the stencil you chose.

  8. Kathy, thank you for your comment! It was a really fun project and came together fast (impatient, that is why I don't quilt!) Hugs, Tanya 🙂

  9. I am so impressed with what you did to that box. It looks amazing.

  10. Jenn, thank you very much for stopping by and I'm glad you like the planter box. I FINALLY made it to the store and have the flowers to fill it 🙂 Tanya

  11. Wonderful idea!! Great techniques. Thanks for sharing the how to!!

  12. Dang! What a bargain! And you made it so beautiful. I love it!!

  13. Jennifer, thank you for coming on by and the follow back, loving your blog lady! 🙂 Tanya

  14. This looks great! You would never know it was a plastic planter 🙂 Great tip for 'distressing' plastic by adding colour instead of removing it.

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  15. Clarie, Thank you for the follow back and the comment! I am enjoying going thru your blog, have a wonderful day – Tanya 🙂

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