DIY Large Planters for the Front Door - Engineer Mommy
Jun 172016
 

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I’ve always loved the look of having a nice set of big planters flanking the front door. You may have seen some planters in the pictures I recently shared of our front door. After we painted the front door, I placed two large planters on either side of the door! See?…

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door


You will not believe what those planters are made from! Check out this next picture!
DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door


Yep, a pair of Sterilite trash cans! If you price out large planters, they can be north of $25, EACH! My version? Only $5 each! I love that! And you can make these planters, too! I love that these trash cans planters have a tapered shape to them- it adds so much visual interest! To create the paint on these planters, I mixed up my favorite recipe for homemade chalk paint (I used it here and here). You can purchase similar trash cans here and here (love this one). If you don’t want to mix up your own chalk paint, you can use this one instead- there are many beautiful colors to choose from!
DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door


Next, if these planters are going to be placed outdoors, we need some drainage holes! Of course, trash cans are not sold with drainage holes in place- for obvious reasons! :) That’s nothing that a hammer and some nails can’t solve!
DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door


The last step is to grab some sandpaper and give these planters a bit of a distressed finish! I also sprayed on some clear finish to keep these babies looking good for a long time. It adds some charm to these guys and makes them look a bit more antique-y! Yes, that’s totally a real word.
DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door


I love the way these came out.
DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

To save this post for later, here’s a Pinterest-worthy image!

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

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 June 17, 2016  Posted by

10 Responses to “DIY Large Planters for the Front Door”

  1. I want the chalk paint recipe. I could not find it.

  2. Love this idea! I’ve not painted plastic with chalk paint before. Any idea how well the painted plastic will hold up when left exposed outside?

    • EngineerMommy

      Mine have been left outside for about 3 months now and they still look like they did on the day I made them!

  3. Did you prime before you painted?

    • EngineerMommy

      Hi, Lisa! No, I didn’t prime at all, and the paint has been holding up fine for me! Thanks for your comment!

  4. Thank you for your chalky paint recipe. I was wondering, if it sticks to plastic will it stick to stained and sealed pine wainscoting? Thank you for your help.

    • EngineerMommy

      I don’t have any firsthand experience on whether this recipe will stick to a sealed surface. Maybe you can try to grab a spare piece of pine board and stain & seal it. Then try this paint recipe on that test piece of wood! If it sticks and you’re happy with the result, you’re good to go!

      Thanks for your comment, Lynn! Good luck!

  5. Does it make any difference what kind of paint you mix with the grout?

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