Easy Chalk Painted Planter

Here's an easy way to brighten up a boring corner in your home! I found this planter at a local thrift store for just 50 cents and in under 30 minutes, had a cute new place to pot a pretty succulent. The trick is using matte-finish paint (or "chalk paint") which sticks to virtually any surface without any fussy prep. That's right, no priming! Here's what you'll need to make your own:


Planter with textured details
Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Aged Gray
Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White
Rust-Oleum Matte Clear (to seal the paint)
Paper towel or soft cloth
Sanding sponge

*Here's a great tutorial on creating your own macrame-style plant hanger for your planter. This one was made with inexpensive gray and navy yarn.

Picture 1. Wash the planter with mild soap and water to remove any dust or dirt. If your planter is very textured like mine, you may need a bristle brush.

2. Dip your brush in the gray chalk paint and begin painting the planter. I found that one light coat gave me a pretty aged-look. Allow this coat to dry.

3. Once the gray coat is dry, make a wash using one part paint to two parts water. Dip your brush into the wash and lightly go over the planter with the watery mixture. Use your cloth to wipe away the wash. You want the white to accent the textured details.

4. Once the wash is dry, use the sanding sponge to lightly distress the textured areas. Go over areas that would see natural wear over the years like the top and bottom rim.

5. Seal the paint with a coat of Matte Clear to protect the finish.

This was so easy that I plan on watching for planters at yard sales so my five-year-old daughter, Ada, can help me create some more.

We'll be making chalk-painted vases using a variety of techniques at my upcoming girl's night out and workshop at Oser Paint & Flooring. We'll also have a flower bar so you can pick your own flowers for a make-and-take arrangement. Reserve your seat here!