I love simple makeovers and this DIY outdoor planter box one was just that – simple. I’d been looking for a couple of planters for my deck and I lucked out on a Facebook auction and picked these two up for $20. They were sturdy, but ugly. Thankfully there is an easy fix for ugly. Spray paint is your friend when it comes to simple DIY makeovers because it can change the whole look of an item. You do have to apply a little elbow grease first, because all paint jobs need a decent surface to stick to, but in this case it was fairly easy.
First I took a small hand broom and brushed the entire surface off, getting rid of loose dirt and spider webs in the process.
Then I got out the hose and gave it a good wash, using my little broom to scrub the surface. After that I let it dry in the sun for a few hours.
Once it was completely dry and I’d given it a little extra time to ensure the wood wasn’t damp inside, out came the spray paint – a nice red to match my deck colours – and I got busy. Because the wood was worn and the old stain was pretty much gone in many places it was fairly porous, so this took 3 coats to cover it all over. I made sure to lay a tarp down to protect the little back deck we have, and you should also put on a mask as spray paint isn’t healthy to breathe in.
The end product was worth the time it took to complete, don’t you think?
Do you have an older planter box that could use a little bit of a revival?