DIY Large Planters for the Front Door

June 17, 2016 14 By EngineerMommy

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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! ūüôā 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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