Home improvements: Chapter 1 – Planters

Home improvements: Chapter 1 – Planters

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Adding greenery whether indoors or outdoors, is an excellent way to liven things up. But too many times, plain planters are simply too plain — indifferent. So a good and inexpensive way to give new life to plain planters is to paint them!

Two metal buckets with flower arrangements.

Image by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Painting them over with a “twist” will definitely give your planters a whole new look and add a dosage of personality. It also happens to be a fairly easy yet, creative home improvement project. Personally, I tried it last weekend with two of mine just for fun.

Now, the key to make this work is to keep it cohesive. Therefore, try to carry out a theme that will fuse in with any other planters you may already own, but not planning to update. With this in mind, I painted a black stripe around each planter’s perimeter (using masking tape to keep that stripe in place) and added the word “basil” in white. Although, the word “basil” was a bit too obvious, it felt right for I have basil planted in them. Of course you could use any other keyword or phrase that suits you best i.e. “summer buzz,” “nostalgia” and “awesome.”

Similarly, you could add a touch of gold or copper to your planters, especially if you plan to use them indoors to fuse in with any brassy or copper metallic decor you may have. In that case, you don’t need to add any typography. However, the thicker the stripe the more modern the look. Thinner stripes tend to have a more classic appeal.

An old planter of mine with basil

An old planter of mine with basil


Two old gray planters being prepared with masking tape, paint and brushes for a makeover.

Two old planters getting ready for a “little” makeover 

Planters with a black stripe on top part and the word "basil" resting upon my kitchen window's ledge.

My kitchen window with the gray planters after the makeover.

Looking out of my kitchen window I can see my planters and vertical fencing made of greenery.

My view from my kitchen!

Needless to say that, the cost of such a makeover is less than 10 Euros and about half an hour of your spare time (including preparation setup, painting and cleaning up). Maybe if any of you enjoy painting then here’s an idea for you: why not draw pictures or figure lines of your favorite plants on your planters instead. If an ethnic style works for you, go for some geometrical shapes in a pattern. Anything goes!

Have fun,