Painted Window Boxes


Painted Window Boxes

I actually have two painted window boxes to share with you.

One is a simple tape and paint method and the other is a faux galvanized metal look.   I did this paint and tape method awhile back, and I actually don't even have these plastic planters anymore.  Over time they get brittle and break.

Here is the paint and tape method.  It came out pretty good!

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Tape & Paint window box

Here I did a black and white mock up, that I thought would look more modern for today...


The paint and tape method is so easy!  Simply tape off the area you don't want painted then spray paint and take off the tape right away.  Some plastic window boxes have a removable bottom, which makes it easier to add another color block.

Taped window box

The second method I'm going to show you is a faux galvanized metal look.  I was surprised at how easy this was!

It's basically the same kind of plastic window box.  Mine was pretty dirty, so I cleaned it up first.

Clean window box

Next, I spray painted the whole thing with my favorite spray paint... Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover in Stone Gray.  I used that same brand of paint for the color block method, it's just the best.

Spray paint for plastic window boxes

After the paint dried, I then spray painted the entire thing with Rust-Oleum Hammered Finish paint.  That really gave the surface texture and depth.

If you look closely, you can see black specs.  I used the Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Primer in black to achieve that look.  Basically, you spray the planter at a distance, at least a 12-18".  Just in light bursts.

Painted plastic window box close up

This next part is where the magic happens!  I still can't believe it worked.  I was pretty skeptical, but I figured, I had nothing to lose.

faux galvanized texture on plastic window box

All I did was, spray the same Rust-Oleum 2X in Stone Gray paint onto a paper towel and swipe here and there.  I did it in different directions.  After that, instead of swiping, I dabbed the paint on here and there.  Seriously... that's it!

dabbing on faux galvanized texture on plastic window box

Look at that texture!!

Faux galvanized look on plastic window box

I really like the way it came out!

Faux metal painted window boxes

faux galvanized texture on plastic window boxes

Blessings,

35 comments

  1. Lori - these look so cute! So colorful! :)
    I love those colors together, too - it's just a happy combination.
    fingers crossed that they don't scratch or chip much over the summer!

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    1. Thanks, Ash! They make me happy! So, far so good with the paint. I even painted a couple of other plastic pots and everything seems to be holding up! Yay!

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  2. These are sooo cute! I've decided to paint mine but haven't decided on colors yet? Any ideas? They are the 2 that are on the front of the house, second level.

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    1. Hi Trace!! Hmmm... Isn't your house cream colored? Maybe some bright yellow and green?

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  3. New follower from lines across hop. Cute flower boxes. Love for you to follow back ;)

    http://naptimeshopper.blogspot.com

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  4. Just found your site! Love the window boxes! Have been wanting to do something like this for quite some time! :)

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! It's so easy, hope yours comes out even better!!

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  5. Love the colors! They are perfect for summer. They really brighten up your shed beautifully.

    Isn't spray paint the best?

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    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for the sweet comment! I LOVE spray paint!! It's transforming!

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  6. Very cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Rachel! Thanks! I love joining a great party!!

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  7. Wow! Love this, please share it! Link it up with me on my Wow Us Wednesday, ok? Over at www.familyhomeandlife.com

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    1. Hi Connie! I will link up! Thanks for the invite and for stopping by!!

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    2. Thanks for linking up with me on Wow Us Wednesday!

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  8. I've been thinking about puting a pop of color on my window boxes and now that I have seen these cuties I will have to for sure. Great restyle! I'm your newest follower.

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    1. Thanks for following!! It's soo easy! Just do it!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. These are very cute! I found your blog through Ginger Snap Crafts and would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts, at my Creative Thursday link party (open thru Monday each week) at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend.
    Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle! I'm so glad you stopped by! Thanks for the invite! I will definitely check it out!!

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  10. I love the window boxes! What a great idea! I wanted to let you know that you were featured @The Gunny Sack today! http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/06/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-40.html

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    1. Thanks, Tonia!! I'm honored!! I love being featured! Thanks again!

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  11. Looks Super Cute!!! I really like your veggie plans.

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  12. Lori,
    I love these planters. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.
    Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle! Thanks so much! I probably wouldn't have many readers, if it weren't for your awesome parties!! So glad you stopped by!!

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  13. Such a great idea, thanks for the tutorial! Am pinning it now so I don't lose it . . .

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    1. Thank you! For Reading!! Don't ya just LOVE Pinterest!!!???

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  14. This is amazing! I love the colors you have chosen., thanks for linking up at Friday fun party.. :)

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    1. Thanks, Hani!! I was so pleased with the way they came out!

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  15. Such a fun pop of color! Beautiful!

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    1. They really do cheer me up! I need to get them ready for this spring! :)

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