Easy Chalk Paint (R) and Stencil Idea for Your Garden Pots

Is your summer heating up like ours here in North Carolina? It's just like a sauna, often made worse by a five o'clock thunderstorm, so Steve and I retreat to our shaded deck as often as possible. Recently I decided to add some pattern out there, but I had nothing handy to paint, so I took a metal planter from a set on our front porch to reuse.
I had painted and stenciled these planters using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan more than two years ago. They have weathered thunderstorms, heat, ice, and snow beautifully, so repeating the process was a no-brainer. Just paint and a stencil! Chalk Paint® sticks like glue on metal plus it requires NO topcoat for outdoor use, so this is a quick, very simple project that you can enjoy with the kids. I remember those years of attempting to entertain our girls all summer long - quite a challenge.
SUPPLIES:


Royal Design Studio's Moroccan Sun Flower stencil and stencil brushes, Motsenbackers Lift-Off #5 to clean the stencil


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint(R): Versailles, Provence, Old Violet, Aubusson, Duck Egg Blue, Louis Blue and Chalk Paint paint brush


Paint roller and tray, tape, tin foil or palette of some kind, paper towels like Bounty, stir sticks, rags, paint can opener
STEP ONE


With the Versailles Chalk Paint(R) brush one coat over the raised areas and use a roller to paint the flat surfaces. Let dry.
STEP TWO


Place the stencil in random positions and use different colors. I chose this stencil for a couple of reasons: I like the scale and simplicity of the pattern relative to the size of the planter and it doesn't require any measuring or precision. It's especially easy to use for children.
STEP THREE


Using a dry brush, brush some Duck Egg on the top edges of the planter. Lightly sand all over and wipe off the residue. Let dry.


STEP FOUR


Fill with a large plant like this shade-loving Hosta, an evergreen plant or a mass of bright-blooming beauties and enjoy your beautifully patterned patio!


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