$10 DIY Plant Urn Refresh

The Texas weather can wreak havoc on outdoor decor and furniture but that doesn’t mean that it is headed for the trash. Sharing my easy and affordable $10 DIY Plant Urn Refresh.

Years ago, I purchased these cement plant urns flanking my front porch. After being out in the elements – namely sun and rain for 10+ years – they have aged and eroded. As you can see they have dulled and just look dirty, which is not the kind of impression you want visitors at your porch to see.

As you can imagine, there are varying styles of planter urns that range from cement to plastic. These are cement and were definitely an investment. Cement planters have better longevity than their plastic counterparts and can run from $80 to more than $400. These urns are such great quality so I really wanted to find a way to refresh and revive them.

This is where the best DIY tool ever, spray paint, comes into play. Seriously though, for less than $10 per urn I was able to revitalize these planters for the new season and makeover the vibe of my front porch.

First thing’s, first – I used a pressure washer to thoroughly clean the planters. Once they were free of old debris I used a wire brush to remove any of the chipping concrete or paint to create a clean surface for the paint. I used Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch 2x Ultra Cover Paint + Primer in Semi-Gloss Black.

The real star of the show here is the spray grip. If you don’t have one of these at home – you definitely need one. It attaches to the nozzle of any spray can and helps depress the paint can so you can use a trigger instead of your finger to spray the paint! I can’t really say whether this is a lifesaver but it’s definitely a finger saver! 🙂

After the urns fully dried in the sun for 24 hours I generously coated them in black paint. I wasn’t focused on getting every little imperfection covered up because I still wanted to have a rustic look.

My $10 DIY plant urn refresh was officially complete! I loaded them onto my dolly because these babies weigh about 60-ish pounds each and dropped them back off at their home on the front porch. Added back in my year-round topiaries and some seasonal flowers for a punch of pink for Spring.

p.s. Take a peek in the window at my project manager. Stevie is definitely a project girl and makes it a point to oversee all activities around the house.

I love projects like this! Paint is such an affordable DIY project that has a big bang for your buck. These urns turned out great and will hopefully last a few seasons before they need to be touched up.

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