The ‘Do It Yourself’ Project all about Spring! Using pink spray paint, geometric design, granite stone spray and potted plants!
Most of my DIY projects are spurred out of creatively repurposing something I’ve found or something I’ve been gifted. With Spring in full swing my green thumb was itching to get started on a plant project and I recently received some tiny greenery so I decided to design some planters of my own and display them in my home.
Like most modern home styling, I’ve always loved geometric designs and I wanted to incorporate that with these plants by putting my own distinct touch/individuality on the pots. I chose to display these pots on a tiered plate stand, more details on that later. I wanted my color pallet to be simple yet eye-catching. Metallic gold is insanely popular right now but I wanted to go with a different pairing than white and gold; instead I went for a white/pink/gray combo. Even with my ceramic pots having a uniformed feel, I’m all about texture and wanted them to have the sense of a rough durability to them. I managed this by using stone spray paint rather than the satin one I chose for the pink color.
In order to achieve all these colors together you must practice some patience, careful planning, and maintain your vision for the finished product so you plan each step correctly. I intentionally started with bare white pieces for uniformity and because I wanted the white coloring to be a part of the finished product.
So first step, using painter’s tape, tape off the areas you wish to paint. Using plastic wrap, cover any other areas you wish not to be exposed to your first color of paint, pink in this case. In a well ventilated area, evenly spray light coats of paint until you’ve reached a smooth uniformed color. The paint will be dry to the touch in as little as 10 minutes. At this time, you can remove the plastic wrap and painter’s tape. If you applied your tape correctly with firm contact, you will have nice clean lines. Seeing as it is ceramic with no risk of pulling up anything by applying too tight, you should be good to go. However, if any color bled through, my tip is to take some toothpicks and scratch away any excess to ensure impeccable lines. Now even though this paint is technically ‘dry’, I waited a full 24+ hours before moving on to the next step since I would be firmly applying tape over portions of the painted pink areas and did not want to inadvertently pull up any pink paint.
Next comes the stone layer! Just like the step before, we need to create crisp lines with the painter’s tape while using the plastic wrap to cover up the areas to remain untouched. This is where hopefully your concept for the final product comes through and you were able to correctly visualize the layers of the 3 colors you were creating. I’m sure most everyone has used spray paint at some point in their lives but for me this was a first time using the stone spray. I’ve always thought it looked so interesting and is a very creative way in replicating the real thing. I’ve seen people use it on their kitchen countertops to simulate expensive stone, it really is quite versatile in its usage and application. It’s a little different than traditional spray paint because of the sand and gritty materials in the paint, but other than that it applies the same. Spray on a nice even coat and let dry. Then remove both the painter’s tape and plastic. Again if any paint bled through, use a toothpick to clean it up. In this case I actually had the opposite problem.
Being a little pressed for time, I began handling the pieces before they were fully dry. I thought perhaps the paint had bled through and I wanted to get to it before it was completely dry and I wouldn’t be able to easily fix it. In handling the pots too soon, I bumped some painted areas and messed up the coat, but by this time had removed the plastic and painter’s tape so had to act quickly and apply the paint manually. I took a scrap piece of cardboard from a box and sprayed the stone spray on it to get a pool of paint to dab from. I then used a toothpick to manually dab or ‘paint’ the areas I had smudged. If this had been traditional spray paint like the pink this process would not have worked to produce an even layer of paint, but in this case the process actually worked flawlessly. I can’t even show you where the spots are now because I’ve already forgotten and you can’t tell the difference between the sprayed directly and my toothpick application!
Now this is where I advise you to stop on the painting process. Allow the pots to sufficiently dry before moving on to planting. I however took the process a step further, an action I would not do again, but in the end turned out okay. So here’s the situation. I wanted to put a clear coat over all of the pot to prevent the paint from being chipped, scratched, or in any way damaged. I did not do a test but assumed that the clear coat would not react well to the stone spray and I also wanted to maintain the rough texture; spraying a clear coat across the stone areas would have removed that specific feel and make them smooth. So after allowing 24+ hours to dry, I taped off all the gray stone painted areas using blue painter’s tape leaving the white/pink areas exposed for the clear coat.
I sprayed one pot with the clear coat and it immediately had a reaction I had not expected. It caused the pink paint, which had been dry for 3 days or so, to buckle creating a weird parched desert earth texture as if drawing out the moisture. At first I was mortified that I had started with my favorite pot and had now ruined it. But knowing I’d never be able to fix it I just went for it and kept applying the clear coat in order to spread the buckled pattern across the whole pink area. I couldn’t get it to spread completely but got it for the most part. After getting over my initial reaction I have come to really like how that pot turned out. It makes it distinctive. I didn’t do this to any of the others because I wanted the juxtaposition between the smooth pink paint and the stone gray paint to stay the same. If you like it though, now you know how to do it!
With the pots dry, get planting! I think y’all know how to successfully plant in a pot so I’m not going to go over that, but don’t forget to use the right type of soil and use perlite for proper drainage!
Oh! And a note on why I chose to use three little pots displayed on a tiered plate! I knew I’d be setting these plants on my desk and seeing as desk space is a prime commodity, I wanted a way to display them using as little desk space as possible, and elevating them seemed the best way to do that! Plus, I figured this way I can use the plate as a serving/display tray while entertaining. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat cookies or crackers off of that cute plate?! And the tier I’m using to display the plate and pots is detachable; it uses a suction cup to attach to the plate. Anyone guess why I did that?? You got it, versatility people! Now I can attach that tier to any plate I own while entertaining guests. It might be a small touch, but varied height makes a big difference in food displays!
And there you have it! That is my ‘how to’ on the making of these Geometric Spray Paint Planters! I hope you enjoyed my process, feel confident you can do it yourself, or that perhaps I’ve inspired you to create something else all your own! Get the creativity flowing!
Let me know what you think in the comments below and share with your friends! Happy Spring!