For this project I used a pair of plastic textured planters that started with a salt and pepper finish. If you want a textured finish, using planters or vases that already have texture makes it easier to achieve the look. However, the mud will add some texture, and if needed, you can use Plaster of Paris to create the texture you desire.
Use Mud and Paint to Update Boring Planters
Easily give boring or old planters or vases a sophisticated facelift by painting them and smearing them with mud.
I searched for two years for planters that were a modern shape, large in size, and a sophisticated color that would go well on our front porch. After not having any luck I decided to DIY a pair to fit our needs.
I used a black spray paint to fully cover the old finish on the planters. Hand painting will also work. The type of paint you use should be determined by where you plan to place your finished planters. I have found spray paint to be the easiest and quickest way to cover the planters or vases, it's quick drying, and it holds up well to the elements indoors and out.
STEP 2: Mix Your Mud
I used mud front our flower beds. Any mud will work, just be cognizant of the color of the mud because that is the color it will dry on your planters and vases.
The goal is to create a brownie batter consistency that is as free of rocks as possible.
STEP 3: Apply the Mud
Use your fingers to apply the mud in the pattern you like. I went with sweeping side to side motions to create more of a pottery-like look.
STEP 4: Let the Mud Dry
Let your mud dry fully.
STEP 5: Wipe Off Excess Mud
Typically the last step would be to use a dry or damp cloth to remove any excess mud and knock off any large clumps. For these planters, the texture on them caused them to hold more mud than I wanted, so after wiping a few sections with a damp cloth, I went back over some areas with the spray paint until I achieved the look I wanted.