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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is the finished result, with the blue pots full of violas and freesias in the background.
Now I have a pretty garden!