Monday

New Planters with Added Design




planters bought at Amazon.com are giving some stylish lines.


My front porch had hosted the same terracotta pots for a very long time, very chunky and heavy terracotta pots they are!   I grew tired of them since I saw the ones Ann has in her front porch.  As soon as I saw Ann's beautiful planters I knew I wanted to have the same,  I immediately pinned them and each time Ann posted something about her porch I was there drooling over her beautiful planters.

The only problem was the price, they were not that cheap :(  I thought about building them, but heck! Those angles were out of my league.  Even, buying the materials and going through the trouble of making them, it was not cheap!


Then, looking through Amazon I found some with the same tapered shape I liked. The antique zinc-finish look OK in the pictures and the price for two of them (different size though), was GOOD.   I ordered two sets. Oh, and no, this is NOT a sponsored post.


But still thinking about Ann's planters and how plain the sides of mine looked, I began to create a stencil to give them a bit of charm.

One side of each planter was traced on grid paper.


Two designs were traced, of course, one that looked like the ones Ann's have, but since my planters are shorter than hers, I drew another design without center lines.


On the latter design the detail was given to the corners.

With both designs on hand I went around the house collecting votes, the one with the rounded corners was the winner.


So, using an X-acto knife the design was cut out.

On the big planter, the design was traced and cutout again, 1/2" all around.  Only 1/4" for the small planter.

Ending up with these three pieces for each planter.


The stencil was place on each side of the planters, below picture.

Using a silver Sharpie the space was filled in.
Black Sharpie lines were traced on each side of the openings.

And using the same black Sharpie a center line was also traced.

The planters came with no drainage holes, so that was the next step.  Five holes were drilled on each planter.


Since they are metal, a coat of Rust Reformer was applied to seal those edges on the drilled holes.

For more stability and to help with drainage, a big layer of small rocks was the first to go in.


Again, these are metal planters, I guess they will hold heat badly, in order to help them keep those roots moist, pieces of poster board were place on each side of the planters.


After adding the soil and planting some flowers, this is how they look.

The begonias were planted during Spring time.  This year I was super excited because instead of spending a full morning planting all of them, I only spent less than an hour using a little trick my blogging friend Debbie talked about right here.


The two big planters are now on the porch, the two small ones on each side of the garage.

I still love Ann's planters but I'm really happy at how mine turned out!  The big terracotta ones are now in the backyard.






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36 comments :

  1. You did a fabulous job on those planters, they really look perfect at your beautiful house!

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  2. Beautiful! I love the black and red look with the flowers! I never would have thought about sealing the holes or putting the poster board in for heat. Thanks!

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  3. Cristina hola!! que lindos quedaron tus maceteros, y buenísima la explicación de personalizar el diseño con stencil! con las begonias, se ven hermosos!
    Victoria

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  4. Cristina- I love Ann's planters but I really love YOURS, too. They turned out great-especially after you dressed them up. xo Diana

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  5. I love the detail you added to each planter. The look so nice on your porch.

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  6. Hola Cristina ,, no se que profesión tienes tu pero puedo ver que eres muy matemática para tus cosas ,, me encanta como explicas tus trabajos y siempre usando el verdadero calculo

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  7. I love how yours turned out too Cristina!! Fantastic! Although, I would put the small ones with the big ones as well for more impact. Just a thought, it looks good this way anyhow!

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  8. Oh my, these look so nice. You did a beautiful job and they add so much to the curb appeal. Hugs, Marty

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  9. They look beautiful and I am impressed with your creativity!
    -Shelley

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  10. Wow, they look great! I love how you always find a way to make something your own. You are so creative and all your projects turn out so well!

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  11. They look great and fit your front door perfectly!

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  12. Your creations are always awesome and amazing, my friend! How very talented you are and you have such a way to make it look so easy, but I doubt it, it takes a very skillful girl like you! Your entrance looks so elegant with the gorgeous planters, they sure make a statement! I love the both sizes, too. Have a nice week.
    FABBY

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  13. Love how you create and your tutorials-you always amaze me!
    Beautiful addition to your lovely home
    Happy Hugs,
    Jemma

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  14. Wow! What such pretty detail and such a dramatic difference. They turned out so nice.

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  15. Your planters are gorgeous!! I'm not that talented so could you share with me where Ann's came from. I like hers too but I may not like the price LOL Thanks, Cheryl

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  16. They look beautiful, Cristina. I love how you added the stenciled design for a personal touch.

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  17. These turned out really nice, Cristina! Love the black with the red begonias!~~Angela

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  18. I love coming to your blog because you are so dang creative!!! You have a problem, you find a way to solve it and make it work! These look amazing! I love the design...love how you modified them, everything! Great job Cristina!

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  19. Love the details Cristina, you did a great job with them! your planters look very pretty, they look beautiful in your front porch! and thanks for the tip of adding pieces of poster board inside of them! :-)

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  20. Thanks everyone! Cheryl, here is the link where Ann answers your question: http://www.onsuttonplace.com/2012/10/frequently-asked-questions

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  21. I love what you did with your planters. They look so good with the exterior of your beautiful home. Thanks for the poster board tip - must remember that one.
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  22. These looks are a fabulous addition to your beautiful home. You have an amazing ability to see the potential to bring all of your projects to life and kick them up a notch or two :)

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  23. I love your planters and especially love the design you added to the sides. The red begonias really add a pop of color that looks great.

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  24. What a grand entrance you have. The planters are simply stunning. Another project well done :)

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  25. The detail you added to the planters really make a difference! Dropping by from Met Monday.
    Allison
    Atticmag

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  26. I really enjoyed your post. I just found you over at The Scoop and would love for you to come share at my From the Farm Blog Hop! It's a fun party that's just getting started for this week.
    http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2013/08/from-farm-blog-hop.html

    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily
    www.fresh-eggs-daily.com

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  27. Great job customizing them. I love it! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-3.html

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  28. The stencil adds such a nice touch! I'm visiting from the Share Your Creativity link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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  29. I can't believe you did that with sharpie!! It looks amazing! Now people are going to start writing posts about how envious they are of your planters! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  30. Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

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  31. Christina, don't know if I've already responded to this post. I love the planters. The curb appeal is perfect! Great job!

    Hugs,

    Betty

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  32. wow Cristina, you did such an amazing job on transforming these into real beauties with so much character!

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  33. I love your entrance! The red really jumps with the soothing gray tones.

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  34. Well! Aren't those fabulous!! Really! And you even made your own stencil--very creative. And sharpies--genious!! Really really clever and pretty! Cheers, Catherine

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  35. Love the shape of your new planters. You definitely added a lot of personality to them!
    Mary Alice

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  36. Really great lines to the new planters, a very nice upgrade! I'm going to check out how your friend planted her begonias. We can have them year round and they seem to be the one plant I can grow.

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