Thursday, March 22, 2012

Refinishing Plastic Urns for Indoor Use

The weather is so nice out today, that I thought I would work on a small project. While I hate large paint projects, I love nothing more than to wield a paintbrush and put a new finish on things. I found these great classic urns that I thought would look nice flanking the kitchen sink. In my previous kitchen post, I had one plant in an urn, with a cherub on the other side. I couldn't find a matching urn for the other plant; and I really wanted a symmetrical look. So, I remembered that awhile back, I had grabbed two of these plastic urns, at the thrift store, for a few cents. I had stashed them away to spray paint and use on the covered patio.



The urns have great lines; but, a previous paint finish was evident and was starting to fade. And, they still "looked" so plastic. Well, I thought I had just the solution to my problem.  I reached into my trusty arsenal of metallic glazes and started swiping! This time, I found a jar of Elegant Finish Metallic Glaze in Renaissance Brown. It appears that I got it at Hobby Lobby.




I poured some onto a paper plate; and I used a large stipple brush to get into all of the crevices.




I love the final result and the bronze finish complements the other finishes in my home perfectly! All I had to do was drop the plants in and...Voila!...perfect!


I can't wait for the ivy to fill in and really trail over the urns!!


On another note...Last week, I noticed that my Christmas Cactus had buds. It is now blooming...in March!





37 comments:

  1. Love it, great job, Shenita! Love the ivy! xo ~Liz
    P.S. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog post....made my day! *smile*

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  2. Very pretty Shenita! :) Tami

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  3. So lovely!!! Turned out gorgeous and such a great idea, I keep checking in on you but haven't stopped by in a while, been very busy in and out of Dr.s but love watching you!!!! P.S. I have always wondered how does 1 keep such beautiful ivy plants alive in doors?!!

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  4. Shenita, the urns looks great and the plants you have added are beautiful! I have some urns that are in need of something! Not sure what I am going to do with them yet. Hope you're having a wonderful day, Gail

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  5. They look great, Shenita! You'd never know they were plastic now.

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  6. You made those urns look so nice! I've seen that stuff at Hobby Lobby before, but never tried it. I'll have to keep that in mind if ever I have a project that it would work with. I need to work on plants for my front porch soon. It's looking a bit anemic. Ha! I need some pretty plants like you have in your urns!

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  7. Hi Shenita! It is SO funny that you posted about this! I purchased two plastic urns, very similar to yours, this past weekend to put by my front door. I have them waiting to be spray painted ORB, but had moved them around in the house to see if I could use them indoors, too (they were only 7.99 each - not bad). Yours look great. Motivating me to get that spray paint out and get it going! Have a great rest of the day. Nicole

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  8. Thanks for that great tutorial, Shenita. I have two urns similar to those that I brought home from church to give them a facelift 'cause they were looking pitiful. I wasn't sure what to do with them exactly until now! I think they will look really great back in service at the church.

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  9. Don't you just love when you can glam up something that was so cheap? Very pretty and a lot easier to move around! ~ Maureen

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  10. Hi Shenita! Long time no see! Your urns look fabulous. What a great idea. I am over at word press now and my new URL is http://debbie-debbiedoos.com/

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  11. Those look great, Shenita! Have you seen that spray paint that looks like stone when you spray it on? I had some, but it seems to have disappeared! I had planned to treat a couple of plastic urns with it to give them that stone look (not stoneD!!!) before painting. I think my husband is hiding it from me! :-) The treatment you did on these looks great! No plastic look about them at all!!!

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  12. They look great, just like everything else that you do, Shenita!

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  13. Gorgeous. Your Christmas cactus looks amazing. What is the upright plant in the middle of your "new" urns?

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  14. My cactus is blooming too. We'll just call them Easter cacti!

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  15. Your planters look fabulous after your paint job! Great idea.
    I'm a new follower and would love for you to stop by and follow back.
    Mary Alice

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  16. Urns look great!...I have never used that paint..

    I have used the "stone look" spray on some plastic urns but like your look much better...The cactus are blooming?..They are beautiful...

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  17. Those turn doug great Shenita! Thanx for linking p to THT!

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  18. Magnifico! They turned out great and look so much better! I have three exterior urns that the finish has been peeling off of. I can't decide out to finish them. They are some kind of plastic or resin. I need to get serious about them before the weather is right for planting.

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  19. Oh crap! I just put one on the side of the road for how pick up! I am headed outside to putin garage and try this. I love how yours turned out. :)

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  20. They turned out beautiful. I have got to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Love your idea, looks great! Thank you for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment! Can't wait to see what you create next!

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  22. Sounds like you had better have a little Christmas celebration! The blooms are gorgeous.

    I just love your urn transformations and talk about simple. How pretty they already are, but when they become even more lush- wow! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  23. Your urns look great. I love how paint can transform the simplest things and make them spectacular.

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  24. Shenita, the look so nice! What a difference! They sure don't look like plastic!
    I have never used a metallic glaze, but I think I will it a try! Love your plants!

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  25. I love how how that glaze make the urns look. I wonder if it would hold up outdoors. I got 2 Large ones on sale probably because they were brown:( lol... I want to do arrangments like you did and put them beside the front door but I dont have a closed in porch..

    also would you mind looking at the bed I ordered and then over at that secretary I posted 2 weeks ago and see if you think those would look OK together in the same room, cause if not I'll just leave it oak and in the guest room where it is now.. I value your decor opinion so thanks in advance.

    xoxo
    Sonny

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  26. Lookin good! Don't ya love it when you can reuse something you already have?
    Your Christmas catus sure did bring back memories..my mawmaw had a huge one on her back porch. That is strange that it is just now blooming, but the weather has been a bit crazy.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Melissa

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  27. Shenita, they look wonderful. Love the color, too. Thanks, Helen

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  28. Gorgeous as always, Shenita!

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  29. Hi Shenita, Great transformation of the urns! xo, Sherry

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  30. Those turned out great! I love the transformation. Thank you for joining TTF and I hope you are having a great day!

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  31. What a transformation! I have to look around I know I've missed some of your awesome projects while I've been gone!! :) Thanks again so much for checking up on me! You rock!!

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  32. Hi,
    Where did you purchase your plastic urns?

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