Hanging plant container

A few weeks ago I blogged about finding a bunch of random stuff at Goodwill. One of the items I found was this plant container:


I loved the shape of it and I really liked the texture design on the front but I was not loving the color and I definitely was not feeling the little colored rocks glued to it.

(Do you like my cloche in the background?)

I guessed that with a good coating of spray paint this plant holder would look pretty good. If not, well it was only a buck or so anyway!

I washed it up and scrubbed it really good with a toothbrush to get it ready for painting.


First I spray painted it really well with flat black spray paint. Then I added a light layer of ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze) spray paint on the top.


I like to paint it first with either flat or gloss black because I think it does a better coat than the ORB and also the ORB is expensive while the plain ol’ black is fairly cheap.


If I paint it really well with the plain black first then I can get away with a very light dusting of the ORB to give it that sparkly shimmery look.


The ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze) spray paint really just adds that extra little oomph that takes an item from nice looking to “Wow!”

When the plant holder was dry I found a place to hang it and just hung it up with a plain ol’ big nail.


Sometimes those nails and screws show through and they are UGLY! Easiest thing to do is take a sharpie and just color the end of it.


Ah, much better…


Now for the finishing touches. Anyone remember those IKEA plants I love so much? Ya know, the ones I’m totally obsessed with?!


As luck would have it, the IKEA plant fits perfectly inside this Goodwill plant holder.


I’m in lurve… with the plant AND my new (to me) plant container.


I’m telling you, a little spray paint goes a long way!

If I haven’t convinced you yet, do I need to remind you about the gumball machine you see in the picture?

Nuf’ said.

Go to goodwill (or the neighbors trash can. Oops.), find something that looks like trash, and spray paint it. People will think you have such expensive taste when they see all the awesome stuff in your house. (Unless of course they see you digging through their garbage can. ;), and then they’ll just be totally jealous that their trash now looks fab and is in your house).

I know I blab on and on about this, but these projects really are very easy. Most of my projects consist of taking someone else’s trash (either from Goodwill or the dumpster) and adding some spray paint.


Oh, and if you tackle any projects, especially from ideas you got off House of Hepworths, send me an email and show me the pics!! I love seeing them – and I may even post them on my site.

Caio! Aidos! Dasvidanya! Toodles!

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  1. LOVE it! Would have never thought what you started with would turn out so cute – nice makeover!!

  2. Wow, a little paint really does go a long way! Tres chic.

  3. How great is paint? You have given a new life to this little pot. Wonderful job my dear.


  4. I love how that Plant Container turned out.. I’m going to buy some ORB spray paint today. :mrgreen:

  5. Wow! What a difference! It looks great & just makes that space now! What a great idea! 🙂

  6. Love it in ORB! It looks so much better and totally different! The plant is perfect there, too.

  7. Love this! I saw a gumball machine (minus the stand) at the goodwill yesterday and thought of you!

  8. So nice! Everything looks better with ORB and ikea plants. 😉

  9. Whoa, that oil rubbed bronze is really a pretty color. And this looks fantastic!

  10. Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  11. So cute with the plant in it! I discovered a love of spray painting after giving a similar treatment to a now silver mail container in our front foyer.

  12. Love this! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I’ve got prizes 🙂

  13. Thanks for the visit to my blog, it was very encouraging! I LOVE the gumball machine…and the plant hanger…what would we do without ORB? I enjoy your blog and see that we have some similar tastes. :)As for HOmeGoods, their contest/giveaway goes for 6 weeks and the bloggers are doing more than one…so click on the links to stay updated!
    Happy Easter!

  14. That is very cool, love how it turned out!

  15. I love spray paint! It turned out great!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

  16. I am following you super late from Friday Follow! I am already in Lurve with your blog. Lol. I hope you visit/ follow me back when you get a chance: http://www.thriftyandfrugalliving.com/

  17. wowie! I thought it was cute before but the paint made it stunning 🙂 I love your sharpie idea as well 🙂

    ~ Emily N. from “too Blessed to Stress”

  18. I am jealous seeing PALM trees in your pictures…

    I seriously think your blog rocks…I might have to feature you on my website from time to time if you don’t mind. (www.esbechic.com


  19. Love this! Now I want to go looking around my house to see what I can spray paint…

  20. I love what you’ve done…and I love your IKEA plants too, they look great together.

  21. It’s lovely & the ORB looks so great with the splash of green. I need to go to IKEA… those plants are so cute.

  22. Love the final look of the plant holder! I am extremely jealous that you have palm trees outside your window. 😎

    This post makes me miss my days of living in Phoenix. Palm trees and Ikea. *Sigh*

  23. I love spray paint. It looks great.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another wonderful party!!

    Please stop by next week I am having guest over each day and I would love for you to tell them HI!

  24. Looks so much better–would also be a great catchall for mail, keys, etc.

  25. WOW It looks sooo much better…very chic!

  26. so simple,looks great! thank you for the spray paint tips, i will for sure use this technique!

  27. LOVE the new look. The paint made it into something beautiful.

  28. It looks amazing…great job!

  29. Your on a roll…this is SUPER great too!
    I won some of the orb spray paint…and your making me want to paint every thing! haha Thanks for linking this project too!

  30. I so love that plant container after the remake! I am also really into spray paint now myself. A little paint can give a beautiful makeover to almost anything! here from DIY

  31. That turned out so great! I am working on a patio redo here at my house and I can think of a few things that would look cute with a little spray paint!

  32. Too cute! I love how that is transformed! Thanks for sharing at Fun to Craft’s Spring has Sprung Party.

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