Thursday, April 28, 2011

Not Your Typical Flower Pots (3 of 3)

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The Copper Kettle...
This is my last post on the 3 different
Not Your Typical Flower Pots
I wanted to do a very easy and simple painting
on this kettle.
So often I hear "I can't paint like you"
I insure you that anyone can paint a pot like this,
I will be showing you how further down in this post.
But first, to refresh your memories, I was wanting to start some flower seeds in side something different then just plan old flower pots. I found these in my basement and 1 by 1  transformed them in to these. 
 If you would like to see how I took an old dirty burlap and grape vine planter that came from a funeral home, and turned it in to this romantic county summer flower planter you can click here.
If you would like to see the post on transforming a very old carpenters tool box in to one of the prettiest flower boxes I own now, you can clink here.

Now on to the copper kettle.
Some of my favorite colors are red, brown & teal.
That must be why I just love the patina of aged copper.
But the kettle still needs to be brighten up.
Keeping it simple I used only 3 colors of outdoor 
Patio Paint from DecoArt that I got on sale at
JoAnn Fabrics.
Simply took a brush and ran it along the groves that was already in the kettle. 
Now on to making a flower shape sponge from a product called Miracle Sponge.
This is compressed sponge, you can use a ink pin and draw your pattern right on it. Then just cut out your pattern and set it in a dish of water and it will fill right up.
I used the same thee colors again pored a little of each on the plate and dabbed the sponge up and down in it until the sponge is well covered.
Place the sponge on the pot, press down evenly and lift off carefully, just repeat went and where ever needed. Don't forget your rubber gloves for this project. 
  When I was finished with the sponge painting I noticed that some of my centers were no longer brown because I stamped over the stripes. To return the centers to brown I just took  little brown paint and a stiff brush and pounced in the centers.
Now that was the easiest paint job I've ever done
no talent needed.
All done Very Cute,
all that is left to do is plant some seeds but this is a big deep kettle. I need to fill the bottom with something light and just put potting soil in the top.
Embarrassing confession time, I throw nothing out.
These are old ice cream buckets and miracle whip jars,
upside down in the bottom and my problem is solved. :D
After filling it with potting soil I added purple and pink Canterbury Bells to the center and purple and white Alyssum around the sides.
I love this pot now!!!
I can already see the tall Canterbury's just loaded with purple,
pink and white flowers standing tall and strong in the center.
And the purple and white Alyssum making that patch work of color
all around the sides of the pot.
I know I said this is my last post on flower pots and I told Jeanne I wanted to post different things too. But today I was in the garden center and thought to my self I should  build a tipsy, turbie strawberry garden. I have every thing I need at home except for the strawberry plants. Fresh strawberry on the patio might be yummy this year. 
 Keep checking back to see whats next.

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Transformation Thursday

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