Plastic Watering Can Gets A Metallic Paint Finish

4 Materials
4 Hours

I painted a plastic thrift store watering can with metallic copper color paint and aged it a little bit. Next I decoupaged something cute on the side. You would never know the watering can was plastic.

See how cute it is. The decoupaged flowers were part of an old party invitation. Never throw anything away!

This is the watering can. I purchased it at the thrift store on half-price day. It was $1.00 plus tax.

First thing I did was give it an all over spray paint job in tan ( the color I had on hand ). A nice base coat makes it easier to brush on the metallic paint. The paint is Modern Masters Metallic Copper paint.

I gave the metallic paint an aged look using Caromal Colours toner. The toner is so easy to use. I rubbed the toner on the watering can using a lint free rag then wiped off the toner with a damp rag leaving behind enough toner to darker the metallic paint and give it an aged look.

Next I decoupage the flowers onto the can using Mod Podge. Find more of my metallic paint projects here.... Metallic Spray Paint Projects.

Suggested materials:
  • Plastic Can   (Thrift Store)
  • Metallic Paint   (Modern Masters)
  • Mod Podge   (Walmart)
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  • Bry Bry on Nov 28, 2021

    I used to collect watering cans but sold most when I moved cross country. Your idea is terrific to make a plain watering can something very special. Does the paint scratch off easily though? I've never had good luck painting plastic.

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