Freshen Up Your Fiberglass
June 9, 2009
We have a lovely little front porch, with white columns and benches, divided pane windows, and hydrangea bushes that thrive nearby in their happy spot, but the porch was still lacking a bit of greenery, so I began the process of sprucing it up with some new fiberglass urns spotted at Home Dept for $39 each. I love bronze, but up close, these had an orangey coppery detail that did not complement my decor, so I decided to give them a more formal and elegant look with the use of (non other than) spray paint.
Before and After:
I’ve painted plastic planters before with good results, and realized that the same product can be used to paint fiberglass. Rustoleum makes this paint product in a ‘Shell White’ color that is not too bright of a white
First, I drilled holes on the bottom to allow for drainage.
Next I coated the planter with two coats of spray paint designed for plastic and fiberglass. I used one can of spray paint for each medium sized planter. Allow to dry for one hour.
Look at how different they look side by side after just one had been painted:
I planted the urns with a few botanicals. I chose a gardenia tree because it’s an evergreen and gardenias are one of my favorite flowers. All it takes is one bloom to fill a room with nature’s perfume! I also added some white and blue verbena for added color, texture, and variety.
I’m feeling pretty good about the cost savings here, given that this ceramic planter from Simply Planters costs $500
And this cast iron urn without the base from Horchow costs $550
This cast iron version from Well Adorned Garden costs $1,400. huh? .
Adding the urns, trees, and decorative pillows adds exactly what I wanted, a bit of extra greenery in an affordable pair of painted urns!