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For this month’s Thrift Store Upcycle Décor Challenge Project I decided to finally do something with this rusty planter. Even though it is rusty and the paint was chipping off I thought how to make a rusty planter pretty was just the project for the last challenge of the year.
As I was cleaning the planter it occurred to me that we strive to get this chippy, rusty look so I decided to work with it instead of covering it. Now we don’t always feel this way such as the rusty tray but in this case, it works.
The orbital sander was put to good use to remove the loose areas of paint. A final hand sanding and the planter was ready for the next step. After I made sure the loose pieces of paint were chipped away I used Dixie Belle’s Gator Hide to cover the rusty areas, inside and outside.
I felt the neutral color of Dropcloth and some brown paints I mixed up for another project would be the perfect color combo. I had to get rid of that gold color.
The paint was applied and blended for the look I was going for. I am not sure what that was but I knew it when I saw it. And I used a paper towel and my finger to blend it. Of course, I didn’t paint over the rusty areas. And I didn’t paint the inside of the planter.
Now, this is where I ran into trouble. I don’t think I let the paint fully dry and painted the planter with Gator Hide. The gold bled through, I about had a heart attack. Instead, I sanded the piece lightly. Then with a damp brush, I painted on some more paint in the Dropcloth color. That saved the day. Actually, I think it turned out better.
So this time around I waxed the planter with clear wax and then used the dark to go over the details.
What was an old rusty planter is now a pretty rusty planter. Do you agree? Now be sure to visit the rest of my blogging buddy’s and check out all of their great upcycles.
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