i should be mopping the floor: Upcycled Stockpot to Planter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Upcycled Stockpot to Planter

This Upcycled Stockpot to Planter is my contribution for this month's Thrifty Style Team.
It worked out perfectly when I couldn't think of a thang to do for this month's post. I just had to look in the back of my car!

Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
Right now, I'm in trip-prep-mode. We're not leaving for another two and a half weeks, but we're literally going to be gone for well over half of June for 3-4 trips (still haven't completely committed my heart to one!).

Because of the nature of my work (I promise this is work...it's a heap-ton of fun, but still work), I have to just do double duty ahead of time to get everything scheduled and ready to roll out in my absence. I have several posts with sponsors that have required a massive amount of STUFF. Like, I have a total of four dozen (48!) industrial-sized tin cans (that three very kind friends collected for me) that I finally had to take out of the back of my car since I sounded like a freight train rattling through town every time I took a sharp turn. I kept them in there since my office was about to explode at the seams. But, now, it's just allllll hanging out. Everywhere.

When I emptied my car of the tin can craziness, I remembered this cute little vintage stockpot my friend, Susan, had given to me when she was giving me cans she had collected from her school. I was elated. Partly because I was getting desperate for something to do for today's Thrifty Style Team post. Partly because...well, I just love vintage stuff. See how I upcycled this stockpot to a planter below.
Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
All of my friends' thrifty projects are linked up at the bottom of this post!

Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
When Susan gave me this pot, she mentioned her sister had once used this as a planter...I'm not sure I would have ever thought of that on my own! I was delighted to do the same thing with it...but with my own spin.
Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
This was where this began...I see these a lot in junkin' trips! 
I may pick up a few more and make myself a set next time I'm about and about.

Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
We just drilled a few holes for drainage in the bottom.

Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
I used my white chalk-style paint (from Waverly & Plaid) in my sprayer and sprayed the piece. After it was dry, I applied vinyl dots that I cut with my Silhouette. I just placed them on in a random pattern...no rhyme or reason here.

Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
I used my Waverly Maize paint to coat the entire thing (this is the BEST yellow, y'all!).
When it was *almost* dry, I removed the vinyl dots.
I applied a simple clear varnish to the outside to protect it from the elements.

Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
Doesn't she look so cute in my favorite patio spot all planted out?
I'm really hoping I can keep this thing alive, y'all. That brutal Texas heat is coming.

See the tutorial for the Iced Coffee Sign here.
And find the DIY Ring Toss tutorial here.

Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
Funny story. See that pretty, lush vine growing in the background of this photo? When we moved into this house, everyone thought I was so weird to put a privacy fence on one side of the yard and a chain link in this one portion that is behind the garage (my poor mother did not understand my "need" for a chain link fence in this little spot). There was already this thick vine growing in that area and I just knew it would look so pretty growing in and on and over a chain link fence. Fast forward one year and you can barely even see the fence. It looks like it's been there as long as this old house. I'm feeling a lot more justified, y'all...now, if I could just get some honeysuckle growing within this vine, it would be perfect.


Upcycled Stockpot to Planter | Transform an old stockpot into a fun polka dot planter with these simple paint techniques.
Be sure to check out all of my friends' thrifty projects below, too!








10 comments:

  1. I love how you implement such beautiful colors into all of your projects! This planter is so fun and cute and I love the polka dots - my family teases me because I have so many clothes with polka dots on them. I may need to copy this.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh my goodness Kristi that might just be the most darling planter I've ever seen! What a fantastic idea!

    ReplyDelete
  3. OMG...I thought at first that it was a yellow pot and I was thinking what a nice pot how could she fill it with flowers lol! You did such a nice job. I love this idea. I may try it I have an old canning pot that I will never use! Thanks girl! Pinning~

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is just adorable, I love it! Heading to my kitchen now...

    ReplyDelete
  5. what a super cute idea. i never would have thought to use an old stock pot for a planter....but will now.

    ReplyDelete
  6. An excellent sturdy planter, not to mention its darn cute!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I flipping love this so much, super summery! We did something similar with a big enamelled colander (it didn't need painted though as it was lovely and cream already). Lined with moss it made a brill planter for our lettuce x

    ReplyDelete
  8. This pot turned into such a cute planter! I agree -- drilling drainage holes is such a major necessity for keeping plants alive in any container. The polka-dots turned out so cute!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is the cutest thing. Thanks for the idea!

    ReplyDelete
  10. love.. what drill bit did you use for the bottom of the pot? laura

    ReplyDelete