Pretty Garden

Bronze Pot Flowers 1

Haiku 255

A fun art project

Passing the time in Lockdown

Brighten up the stoep


In my recent post A Little Potty, I describe how I decided to brighten up my garden pots. The two plant pots shown below were the first to get a make-over.

Bronze Pots Before Prep 2

I’d bought them many years ago from a supermarket and originally they were painted a lovely blue-green. You can still see some of the colour.

One pot still had a plant in, a Japanese Sacred Palm, as I was busy preparing a place in the garden to transplant it.

To clean the pots, I scrubbed them with sugar soap, rinsed and left them to dry in the sun.

Bronze Pots Primer 3

The paint has been chipping off these pots for a long time. I could see that underneath they had not been primed, but simply painted directly on to the clay. I bought a spray can of primer and applied two coats.

Even with just the primer, the pots were already looking better.

Bronze Pots Second Coat 4

This was my fun project, and I was using spray paint for the first time. I chose a metallic bronze for these pots. Not really sure what I was doing, I just sprayed on a thin coat, deciding that it would be better to build up the layers rather than spray on too thickly.

I applied three coats over a few days and was really happy with the result. They now looked like brand new pots.

Bronze Pots Final Coat 5

Time to plant something in them!

I transplanted out the Japanese Scared Palm from the one pot, and chose orange pansies to complement the bronze. Eventually I planned to plant daffodils bulbs too, but that is another story.

After a week or two, the pansies grew nicely and spread over the pots.

Bronze Pots Flowers 6

Here is the finished result, with the blue pots full of violas and freesias in the background.

Now I have a pretty garden!


27 thoughts on “Pretty Garden

    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much 😀
      I was pleased with the metallic finish. 🙂
      I did spray a few other things – well I had some paint left! 😀

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  1. ladysighs

    I have never read a HOW TO and been able to know HOW TO do it.

    I once took a sewing class and bought all the needles, thread, scissors, patterns, cutting boards etc etc. Threw it all out. 😦 True story!

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Your “renovated” garden is looking mighty pretty Sci. I love that you’re having so much fun spray painting!! It can become quite addictive! You’d be surprised what a difference it can make by combining natural rocks with some that are spray painted in bright colors in and around your plants. It enhances the natural beauty of the flowers.

    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you 😀
      Good idea with the rocks. Sadly, there aren’t any natural rocks around us, but I did have some white ones bought from the local garden nursery. They do brighten up the place. 🙂


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