Fall Mums and Garden Plastic Pot Refresh and Easy Makeover with Paint

Give your plastic garden pots a refresh and makeover with chalk paint. An easy and affordable facelift, that you can do in an afternoon.

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Happy Friday!

Raise your hand if you have plastic garden pots that aren’t too pretty.

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I usually recycle my pots at Lowe’s but I hung on to this pair to reuse

that came with last year’s fall mums. They were pretty sturdy so

I saved them, thinking I could give them a makeover and refresh!

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They have a faux whiskey barrel finish and are shinier

and more plastic looking in person than they photographed.

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I don’t go crazy with mums in the fall but I like to add a few pots to mix in with pumpkins.

The price of mums like a lot of things is crazy high these days and I was

shocked at the price this year at the garden center.

The ‘ready refill’ pots of large size mums were way more affordable

than those mums that were already potted up.

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To paint my pots, I needed a paint that would adhere to plastic,

but didn’t want to go to all the effort of priming or sanding.

I’ve used Krylon Fusion spray paint in the past which adheres well to plastic,

but the day I decided to paint, it was extremely windy and would have been impossible

without paint drift everywhere.

Chalk paint to the rescue!

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If you’re not familiar with chalk paint, it adheres to almost anything without primer.

It has a matte finish and is designed for layering and distressing if you’re so inclined.

It’s waterbased, nontoxic and dries quickly so you can reapply a second coat in an hour or two.

I had some FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint in Tuscan Red

that I picked up for another project I had in mind for the Potting Shed.

It’s designed for indoor use, but I decided I could use it as long as I sealed my pots

so the paint would hold up to watering and the elements.

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You want to start with a clean dry surface before painting so

I cleaned my pots and let them dry before beginning.

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I applied two coats of chalk paint, allowing the first coat to dry, about 1 1/2 hours,

before applying the second coat.

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To give the pots a little texture, I dry brushed some some

FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint in Java over the red,

paying attention to the raised bands on the pots to give them a little dimension.

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If you’re not familiar with ‘dry brushing’, it’s a paint technique using an almost dry brush.

Dip the ends of your brush in the paint, then blot your brush on a some paper towels or newspaper

(I used a piece of cardboard), wiping most of the paint off,

before lightly dragging your brush over the surface.

Practice first on a piece of cardboard or scrap piece of wood

to get the hang of it or start on an inconspicuous place first.

You can apply light multiple coats, building your layers until you achieve the look you want.

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I let the pots dry overnight.

I wanted a matte / wood-like finish rather than shiny, so I gave them several protective coats

using a matte clear spray sealer.

Follow the manufacturer’s directions of your sealer for applying and recoating.

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Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover Matte Clear Spray Paint

is recommended for use on interior/exterior surfaces including wood,

plastic, plaster, metal, masonry and unglazed ceramic.

It’s an oil-based sealer that’s low odor; dries to touch in 20 minutes, to handle in 1 hour,

and fully dry in 24 hours.

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Once the pots were dry, they were ready to drop in my mums.

The ‘ready refill’ pots were half the price of the mums in garden pots.

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Ta da. .  . the wonders of paint and an

 easy makeover for plastic garden pots!

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It only took about a fourth of my 8 oz. container of paint for both pots,

so I have plenty left over for another project.

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I hope you’re inspired to makeover a tired garden planter with paint!

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  19 comments for “Fall Mums and Garden Plastic Pot Refresh and Easy Makeover with Paint

  1. Peggy Ott
    October 13, 2023 at 7:18 am

    GM Mary, great inspiration!! My garden pots look sad…need a little help to look pretty again. Thanks for the tips on paints. Love the look. And I hear you about the prices. I drive by a beautiful garden center and the pots are lovely with large prices…Terrible. But today…need to get out on this pretty day and just get some of the garden picked up and cleaned up. Happy gardening!

  2. Leslie
    October 13, 2023 at 7:36 am

    Thank you,Mary, I love your posts on “how-to” projects. You have a wonderful way of teaching and laying out the steps in a clear, concise way. Thank you, again. Fall is my favorite season and we are enjoying beautiful days here in Tennessee. I look forward to more ideas from your creative mind . . . blessings on all your days.

  3. Clara
    October 13, 2023 at 8:17 am

    Thanks Mary! Your pot refresh is beautiful. Love the colors. Flower prices are ridiculous these days. Your mums are so colorful and look so good in the red pots. Happy Friday the 13th! Clara❤️

  4. October 13, 2023 at 8:43 am

    They look great Mary, chalk paint is amazing stuff!

  5. Mary Anne
    October 13, 2023 at 9:44 am

    you bring so much joy and inspiration to my life….thanks for all you do…keep the amazing ideas coming…..you make old look new again…can you work your Mary Magic on me???? Ha! I just can’t get enough of you or halloween or fall!

  6. October 13, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Wonderful make over!

  7. Babs
    October 13, 2023 at 11:28 am

    You always inspire. Thank you for bringing beauty to our lives

  8. Linda Stolk
    October 13, 2023 at 11:31 am

    My neighbor had a vinyl privacy fence installed and gave me a left over section to play with for my garden. This is a great idea!! I want to hang a barbed wire wreath on it and add some old garden tools like a pitchfork, rake, etc. Excited to see how it all works out for Spring.

  9. October 13, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    So pretty Mary. I often paint my pots. In fact, some of my pots are the same color you used. Such a difference.
    Your mums look so pretty. Happy weekend. Sunday Paul and I are off to have brunch with Jain and Scott.

  10. Kay Grogg
    October 13, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    Great idea and good to know it has been tested for wear!

  11. Ellen
    October 13, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    Love the paint job! I redid all mine last year!! Can’t beat Rust-Oleum for a great finish! Thanks Mary!

  12. October 13, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    How pretty your updated plastic pots look, Mary! They look great with your colorful mums! Happy weekend to you!

  13. Rita C.
    October 13, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    Those look great! Just as I read dry brush i was wondering what exactly that technique was – thank you for answering.
    I pitched my one mum yesterday, it was a month old and very dull. Rain comes tomorrow, but I have another idea for some porch fun.

    Have a good weekend!

  14. October 13, 2023 at 9:31 pm

    Well those just look amazing now!

  15. Pam
    October 13, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    I have used this technique for painting plastic pots. Your looks great, Mary! I love having mums in the fall, but the prices were ridiculous and I only purchased two. Happy Weekend 🧡🍂🎃

  16. Myrna
    October 14, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    They look great. Love the color. Speaking of high prices, I bought some plastic pots at Dollar Tree awhile back because they were larger, but I forgot to put a drain hole in them. Don’t know why I didn’t check. Rather than punch a hole and the plastic cracking, I use my hot glue gun to make holes. It’s not as easy as it sounds, so you can soften the plastic, then use an awl to make a hole.
    Thanks for another inspiration. Great instructions as always.

  17. Ann Woleben
    October 15, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for the paint lesson! This is a great way to use chalk paint for the beginner. The pots look wonderful.

  18. October 16, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    Mary, your pots look fabulous! Thank you for sharing this wonderful technique – I’ve never used chalk paint before so I am excited to try it. You have such a green thumb and your mums look so pretty in the “new” pots. I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  19. October 19, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    We are so fortunate that we live close to several Amish Farms that seel pumpkins, gourds and all things Fall for GREAT prices!!! This was a great idea. I usually throw away plastic pots that I am not using, now I wish I had a couple to paint! Thanks, mary.

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