DIY: New Life for Old Plastic Planters

DSCN4161 PinReadyHere is a quick and easy DIY project I did recently that brought new life into some old plastic planters.  These planters came from a home shopping channel a few years ago, and used to be dark green.

DSCN4144After a few years in the sun, they had become more of a faded, splotchy, greenish color.  They are really great planters, though, and I wanted to be able to use them.  Look at how they are made.

DSCN4145The bottom is molded so that they fit over a porch or deck railing.  It just sits right on the railing – no mounting hardware required!

DSCN4150Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy.  But sad-looking.  I kept thinking, if I could only paint these things, they would look new again, and we would be all set.  But I really didn’t think paint would stick!  However, I looked around at the home improvement store, and guess what I found?

spray paintRust-oleum spray paint that is made specifically for outdoor plastic!  Whodathunk?!  Many of you may have know that they make this stuff, but in case some of you didn’t, and you have faded, sad-looking plastic chairs, flower pots, or even bird houses in your yard, I wanted to pass this on!  It really works!  Look at the results.

DSCN4158Now, tell me that doesn’t look like a brand-new planter box.  Here are the steps you need to take:

  • Thoroughly clean the item with a scrub brush, water, & soap.
  • Let dry completely.
  • Spread a drop cloth or tarp over your grass or driveway.
  • Prop the item up on small pieces of scrap wood to avoid sticking to the drop cloth.
  • Spray the paint as directed, using short bursts and a light spray.  Apply 2 or 3 light coats to avoid drips.  Let dry completely between coats.


I hope you enjoyed this mini-tutorial on reviving faded outdoor plastic.  You can  pick up old planters at yard sales and thrift stores for very low prices, especially if they look rough, and now you know how to make them look new again!

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9 thoughts on “DIY: New Life for Old Plastic Planters

  1. How wonderful this looks, and how easy. Wish I had some to use as window boxes. Who knew you could pain plastic? Thanks for sharing,
    Vicki in KY

  2. It’s all about a fresh coat of paint isn’t it. Everywhere you look here today someone is doing something wonderful and paint is involved! Nice job!

  3. These planters are so neat, I’ve never seen any to fit over the railing like these! It is amazing what a little paint can do, they look GREAT!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

  4. Wow… I can take the big 5 gallon plastic buckets I plant my tomatoes in and spray paint them to look nice and eliminate the logo for one of the big box home improvement stores! Thanks for the info!

  5. I found Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch. Ultra
    Cover 2X which also states on the label “ALSO BONDS TO PLASTIC”. Haven’t tried it yet

    1. I did give it a light coating just around the top inside part that might show. Still holding up great after 2 years. 🙂

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