Friday, April 13, 2012

Faux Chalk Paint Flower Pot

After weeks of talking about it...... I finally added some yellow to my decor!  Yay!!

I think it looks sunny without being too overpowering.  Just what I wanted.  I started out with just a small, plain clay flower pot.  I kind of wanted a chalk paint look, but I didn't have any chalk paint and I didn't want to go get some, nor did I have the stuff to make some......sooooooo....

First, I painted the pot white.  I didn't try to make it all even or anything.  After 2 coats of white, it looked like this:

Then, I gave it a coat of yellow over the white.  Again, I didn't try to make this look all even and perfect.
I still thought it was a little too yellow, so I cleaned out my brush and decided to try "dry-brushing" some more white over it.  Dry-brushing is really just putting  some paint on your brush and wiping off almost all of the paint onto a paper bag, then lightly brushing it over the surface of whatever you are painting.  A paper bag really does work best.  I have tried using newspaper before, but sometimes the ink comes off onto your brush......not good.

This technique gave me the "chalk paint" look that I wanted.  It's just a light yellow color with a little bit of white striation running through it.  Because I can't leave anything without some embellishment, I took some garden twine and glued it around the pot using Tacky Glue.  I added a couple of buttons with one little sparkle in the center, because just a little bling goes a long way for me. 

Now it sits on my kitchen table and looks all happy.  I would have planted something pretty in it today, but it's rainy and I don't want to go out to the shed for my potting soil.  My "made-from-a-kit" Brown-Eyed Susans will have to do for today!  I learned two things with this project.... 1)  I can add a little sunshine into my decor without going crazy and 2) If you have a small project and don't want to mess with chalk paint....this process works just fine.   Hope the sun's shining where you are today!

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  1. Yellow is one of my favourite color. This pot is cheerful and very spring/summer look. So fresh, so happy have it in the house.

  2. Stopping by from the Anything Goes Linky!

  3. I love the yellow! Bright colors make me smile and I've been sneaking then into my house as much as possible without looking like I live in an Easter egg!

  4. I love color and your pot is perfect! So sweet! I have pots of many colors in our yard, love yours! Thanks, Julie(the letter4's mom)

  5. This is such a cute craft! We're so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back soon. -The Sisters

  6. Very cute idea!! I am loving yellow, too! This is the first season I've actually added yellow instead of just talk about it :)


  7. lovely!! love yellow around spring time!
    Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday