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My Goodwill Pot (which is now much more fabulous than it used to be)

I rescued this pot from Goodwill a few months ago. It’s not a supremely fabulous pot…it’s just plastic, I hate the green color, and it was awfully faded and scratched up.

But, it was just a few dollars, it was fairly large, and I knew I could make it look more snazzy.

A green square plant pot.

How? With spray paint, of course.

A square plant pot painted brown.

The plastic wasn’t a smooth, shiny sort, so I didn’t even need to use any primer…I just washed the pot and sprayed the chocolate brown paint right on.

I generally prefer not to put edible plants into plastic pots, so I had hostas in mind for this one.

My neighbor (the same one that gave me the pile of mulch) gave me several hostas, and I know from prior experience that if I plant hostas in the ground, it’s only a matter of time before some pesky voles stop by and eat the roots since they love hostas.

Brown plant pot with a hosta in it.

So, this pot and several others are holding hostas, which are very happy living in the shade on the patio underneath my deck.

Take that, voles!

What’s the takeaway for you?

1. Look past the immediate appearance of used goods. Often a little cleaning, a little painting, a little modifying, or a little mending can make a world of difference.

2. Never underestimate the power of paint.

Have you refreshed something lately by painting it?

Tell me about it! And if you blogged about it, leave a link in your comment because I dearly love to see old stuff made new with a coat of paint.

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Wednesday 7th of March 2012

Did you use an oil base primer on the furniture?


Wednesday 7th of March 2012

Nope-just the Painter's Touch spray primer.


Wednesday 8th of June 2011

Looks very nice. (I like the furniture of Zoe's room). In the Netherlands it's very modern to buy at the Second Hand Store and paint in very fancy collors. Funny to read that people overseas have the same hobby's.

Condo Blues

Wednesday 8th of June 2011

I love the power of paint! I painted my husband's bachelor chairs that were freebies and put them on our front porch. I'm slowly painting the cheapy white switch plate covers when I paint rooms. They are quads and expensive to replace! Paint makes them look better and morebexpensive than they are.


Tuesday 7th of June 2011

My Dad had a nice 2 piece TV cabinet with big doors that got dropped in a move and lost one of it's ball feet. Then the corner got smooshed in another move. It was rubberwood, stained cherry.

I was able to fix the smooshed part with a couple of screws and I repaired the leg. Then I used 4 cans of spray paint and turned it black. The sp hid all the horrible scratches and it looks really good. I still have to finish the doors, but it is amazing what sp can do for a beat up piece of furniture.


Tuesday 7th of June 2011

I'm getting ready to paint a old roller top desk that was given to me by a friend, since it's a desk I was wondering what type of paint you think I should use and do you think I need some type of sealant because it will be written on? I'm a little worried about how the roller part will turn out, I plan on taking it out and re-painting it, then re-installing it. Any advice or helpful hints would be greatly appreciated!

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