resemble something much more hefty and pricey. A planter like this one will look
great in a staged home, either indoors or out, holding real plants or silks.
Take one cheapo plastic flower pot and turn it into a classy cement planter. Magic? No, it's just paint, and you can do it yourself, even if you've never done faux finishes before. Don't let the French word scare you.
Here's my Step-by-Step for creating the flower pot pictured above. It's a quick and easy DIY project.
1. Gather materials. Doing this project outside is best. The paint will dry more quickly with better air circulation, and you'll have fewer surfaces to protect. However, if it's above 70 degrees, find a shady place or wait for a cooler time because the paint can dry too fast. Here's what you need.
- Work surface and drop cloth.
- Plastic or resin flower pot, preferably one with a thick top edge.
- Two rags.
- Medium grade sandpaper.
- Paint stick to stir paint.
- Paint brush, not an expensive one.
- Plastic bucket, 1-quart to 1-gallon.
- Screwdriver or painter's 5-in-1 tool.
- Latex primer like Zinser or Kilz.
- Natural sponge.
- Cardboard, or 3 disposable paper or foam plates, or pieces of aluminum foil.
- Three latex semi gloss or satin housepaints or craft paints (medium or light grey, white, and black).
- Optional: clear sealer (either spray paint or liquid).
3. Paint with primer. Invert the planter and start at the bottom. Brush on paint. It will dry quickly, especially if you are working outside and it is warm or windy.
4. Apply a base coat of grey paint. Follow the same steps as the prime coat, starting at the bottom when the planter is inverted.
6. Apply black wash. After the entire surface is randomly sponged with white, wash your sponge well and put it away. Wash the plastic bucket, and use it to mix a small amount of black paint with an equal amount of water, about the same amount as you mixed of white paint. Brush the entire painted surface with the diluted black paint. It should settle into any groves and crevices. Lightly wipe the surface to remove most of the black wash. It should give the planter a slightly aged look.
And help yourself to more ideas and instructions for DIY projects in my eBook, DIY Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast and for Top Dollar. Surprise yourself with what you're able to do to stage your own home!