Sunday, June 15, 2014

Giving Old Planters New Life!

I have a covered back porch with a deck attached.  I rarely sit back there.  I think it's because I spend more time on my neighbor's deck.  Fortunately, my deck gets the morning sun so it is shaded in the early evening hours.  A few years ago, I purchased my wicker love seat and two chairs.  And, I decided to paint my former green table dark brown.  I changed out the cushions on the love seat and chairs last summer.  I've had the same flower pots for a while.  I believe I had them at my last house.  I seriously thought about getting rid of them because I haven't had live plants in the planters for quite some time.  I travel a lot and live plants would be dead by the time I returned home at the end of the week.  I've resorted to using silk plants--I know it's cheating, but at least the fake plants put some color on my deck.  I ran across a photo of bright orange and pink planters.  I liked the combination of the pink and orange together, so this was the inspiration I needed to paint the planters on my deck.

For most of the day, I was outside spray painting the six planters on my deck fuchsia and bright orange.  You can really go crazy with color in outdoor spaces.  Here is what my planters looked like before:

They were pretty blah!!

The transformation begins.

I used Rustoleum Painters Touch spray paint with primer.  I originally was going to paint the planters red and yellow.  I purchased the paint but when I saw the inspiration photo, I changed my mind about those colors.

So by 4:00 pm today, I finally completed the last planters and here is the end result:

This is a pot rester.  it keeps the planter from resting on the top of the deck or other hard surface.  It allows the water to drain from the planter.  It was gray and I spray painted them orange and fuchsia.

Oh yeah, Thelma and Louise look great with the planters!

I bought new flowers, the geraniums were starting to look a little faded from the sun.

Here is my "to-do" list for my deck and patio:

  • Purchase a rug for the patio.
  • Paint my table and chairs the color of Thelma and Louise.
  • Pressure wash and stain the deck and fence.
Maybe I'll start spending more time on MY deck instead of my neighbor's!

If you have planters that look a little tired and worn, refresh them by painting them a bright, fun color!


  1. Wow! Honestly, I would have never thought to put those colors together until I saw this post, but they look amazing together. I love it!

    1. Thanks Dee! I love this color combination. My deck is a "happy" space!