Video of the painting process.

Copper Patina and Rust Container Gardens


What do you do when you love garden fresh tomatoes and herbs but you don't like to weed and you don't want to pull the water hose all through your back 40? You plant a container garden. And not just any container garden. A beautiful metal patina'd container garden.
We started with galvanized tubs from Tractor Supply that we purchased for $99 each. They were 2x4 ft. We installed casters on the bottom and drilled holes for drainage.
copper patina and rust container gardens, container gardening, repurposing upcycling, We started with basic galvanized tubs
We started with basic galvanized tubs.
Next we primed with the Modern Masters Metal Effects primer.
copper patina and rust container gardens, container gardening, repurposing upcycling
copper patina and rust container gardens, container gardening, repurposing upcycling
Then we painted with Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron Paint and let dry overnight.
copper patina and rust container gardens, container gardening, repurposing upcycling
Primed and painted, waiting for paint to dry.
copper patina and rust container gardens, container gardening, repurposing upcycling
Next we sprayed them with the Modern Masters Rust Activator. This is a photo of the finish developing in the sun.
copper patina and rust container gardens, container gardening, repurposing upcycling
Then we brushed on some Modern Masters copper reactive paint and while that was still wet we sprayed on blue and green patina aging solution. Then we planted out container garden with fresh veggies and herbs.
copper patina and rust container gardens, container gardening, repurposing upcycling, Summer container garden with rusted finish
Summer container garden with rusted finish
I decided I wanted more blue and green patina on the containers for fall so we painted on some Modern Masters Permacoat Xtreme and let that dry. Then we brushed on some more copper reactive paint and while that was wet we sprayed it again with the blue and green patina aging solution. This is the final result replanted for fall.
copper patina and rust container gardens, container gardening, repurposing upcycling, Copper Patina and Rust container gardens
Copper Patina and Rust container gardens.
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