How to Transform Plastic Plant Pots | Clever Faux Concrete Technique

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Do you have a plastic dollar store planter that looks plain and unattractive? Don't worry; I've got you covered! In this step-by-step guide, I'll show you how to give your planter a stunning makeover using simple materials and a little creativity.

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Get ready to transform your dull planter into a beautiful piece of decor that will impress everyone who sees it.

Concrete-inspired planter transformation

1. Gather Your Materials

To begin this weathered concrete planter you'll need to gather all the necessary materials for this project:

Concrete mixture: mix the fine sand with gray paint

2. Make the concrete mixture

Mix together your fine sand and gray paint to form a textured paste that resembles concrete.

Roughen up the plastic planter by sanding it

3. Prep the Planter

Now that you have your paint and sand, it's time to get the planter ready for its makeover. Grab a sanding block and give the surface of the planter a quick sanding. This will roughen up the plastic and create a better surface for the paint to adhere to.

Plastic planter painting: Faux concrete look

4. Apply the Base Coat

With the planter prepped, it's time to apply the gray chalk paint and sand mixture. Cover the entire planter, including the edges and inside lip, to ensure a realistic and authentic appearance. Make sure no plastic is visible; this step is crucial for achieving a high-quality look.

DIY concrete planter

5. Add Dimension with Dark Gray Paint

Once the base coat is dry, take your dark gray paint and apply it to the planter's surface. Don't worry about covering the entire surface; instead, brush the paint on randomly to create depth and texture.

Add white highlights

6. Highlight with White Paint

To add a touch of elegance, use white paint to highlight the edges and high points of the planter. Start by adding white paint to these areas, and then blend it with a little gray using your brush. This technique will give your planter a beautifully weathered and aged look.

Seal the planter for protection from the outdoor elements

7. Seal the Planter

Since your planter will be displayed outside, it's essential to protect the paint and sand mixture from the elements. Seal the planter with a clear coat to ensure its longevity and preserve its newfound beauty.

Add potting soil to your faux aged concrete plant pot

8. Add soil and Plants

Now, it's time to fill your planter with potting soil and

Plant your favorite flower

And add a beautiful plant to complete the look.

Outdoor planter DIY

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Congratulations! You've successfully transformed your plastic dollar store planter into a magnificent piece of decor that will elevate the look of any space. The texture and paint have given it a brand-new identity, and nobody would guess it was from the dollar store.

How to Transform Plastic plant pots into faux concrete planter

I hope this DIY makeover has inspired you to give your own planters a makeover. It's incredible what a little paint and creativity can do! If you decide to try this project or have any questions, I'd love to hear from you.

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