You may have noticed I’m a little garden-ish obsessed right now. In case you didn’t know…it happens every year.
There’s just so much garden goodness to get your hands into this time of year and these days they nearly know me by name at Lowe’s and Home Depot.
But the Thrift Store…
No matter the season, the thrift store always has treasures and on one of my recent trips through, I found this trio. Do you see that planter just begging to be put together?
It’s been a while since I made a plant stand from thrifted pieces, and it was high time to make another one – or at least something similar.
I’ve had my eyes open for a few months now for a colander just like this one, so I grabbed it right up when I finally found it – for just $2. The price was right, with drainage built right in.
I’m pretty sure this was an “after-factory” paint job on the candle holder. It’s not a bad color, but not exactly what I wanted. I’m rarely satisfied to leave a thrifted piece as is. You’ve probably noticed that too.
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Enter one of my fav’s: Gorilla Glue. A good squirt around the top of the candle holder was all it took.
It was almost made for that $1 Pfaltzgraff plate, don’t you think?
A few squirts on the feet of the colander, and it was wait time…
Glue tip: Don’t fret about the glue that squeezes out from under the edges. After letting the glue cure, those extra globs came right off with an Xacto knife.
To Prime or Not to Prime
I rarely prime a piece that I paint, but made an exception this time. With the blue paint to cover and the plate’s slick surface, it just made sense.
Plus, I wanted to use a hammered finish paint, so I needed a good foundation to work on so I could use as little paint as possible. These specialty paints are fabulous, but not necessarily thrifty. I haven’t met a can of Rust-Oleum yet that I didn’t
like love, so I put the bulk of my project budget on paint.
Thank you thrift store! 🙂
And since the planter stays outdoors, a good clear coat is always a smart idea.
Since my budget was spent, I got a little creative with my plants (translation: I grabbed an asparagus fern left over from last week’s Facebook Live show, and gave three of my bedding plants a new address).
I also grabbed a few scrap pieces of coco liner that was left over from a couple of window baskets I put together a few weeks ago. I can’t tell you how close I came to throwing those scrap pieces away. And can you imagine the “YES!” feeling when I realized I’d need those scraps for this project? It gave the colander just the right amount of lining to keep the soil from washing through the holes with waterings.
So here’s the breakdown of my DIY Planter:
- Colander – $2
- Plate – $1
- Candle Stand – $2
- Rust-Oleum Dark Bronze Hammered Spray Paint – $5.68
I slid in a little over budget this time, but only used about 1/3 of the can of paint, so it will be around for another project later.
Let’s see how the other ladies did with their $10 budget: