Sunday, September 25, 2011

Painted Planters and a Fall-ish Front Porch


I have been looking for urns like these below for our front porch for a long time now. I wanted the lightweight urns that look like concrete. Everywhere I looked had them for at least $40 each! That was way more than I wanted to spend on front porch decor, even if they would last me a long time. That kind of money is just not in the budget right now.


Enter these cream, plastic urns.

I look at the planter section every time I'm in Home Depot or Lowes (or anywhere that has planters) hoping that they will have my dream urns on clearance. I walked right past these urns in Lowes because they were turned upside down and not put together like the one on the right. The urn base caught my eye, so I went back to take a closer look. I knew right away that I could spray the urns black and have them look much more "Ballard". So, at $12 each, I grabbed two!

Here's my partner in crime again...black spray paint made specifically for plastic.


I had to get a shot of the sign that hangs over my husband's work bench. It says "fishermen, hunters, and other liars...Gather Here!" It cracks me up! I'm actually the one that "gathers" there the most!


In process


All sprayed and looking festive with some pumpkins!


I took the middle size pumpkin and stuck some round stickers on it, and sprayed it black to break up all the orange. I love the polka dots! Also, the pumpkins were having a little trouble standing up straight, so I  drilled some holes into the tops and bottoms and inserted a wooden dowel...everyone has wooden dowels lying around their house, right? I live on a busy street, and I know I got some funny looks from drivers by as I took a drill to my pumpkins right there on the front porch!


The urns and pumpkins were missing something...a little hay! Looks much better and more festive. You can't have a fall porch without a little hay!


Looking much more fall-ish around here! The pumpkins go quite nicely with my fall wreath and Goodwill monogrammed pumpkin!


I think those holly shrubs need a little trim so you can see the urns a little better!


These $12 urns make me so happy!


On a side note, yesterday a neighbor down the street stopped by while I was outside to tell me that she loved my urns and pumpkins! She made my day! She said she loves to drive by our house to see what I'm doing to the front porch. She said she noticed I had moved my ferns from the front porch and told her husband she couldn't wait to see what I was doing next! So sweet!

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21 comments:

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love these! I found some urns on clearance at Kmart so my porch will be pumpkin and urn central this year. The polka dots make me smile.

Mary-Kate said...

Adorable! Great idea too on the urns! I saw a cool thing with pumpkins last year...a friend covered an entire pumpkin in glue and then glittered it! It was really cool seeing pumpkins with cool new sparkly colors!

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I just love your fall decor! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

Happy Monday!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Love! I would be thrilled if you linked up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/09/wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas-linky.html

Mandy said...

Such a great and clever idea!!

Mandy
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Amy said...

My friend and I have been looking for the same thing. I have been looking online at those exact ones at Lowes but didn't know if they would work. Thank you now I know they will. I LOVE everything you did !

Heather said...

They do look fantastic! Great job! :)

gotjoy3 said...

Amazing. You are very creative. I would have never thought of spray painting plastic. I love it. It looks wonderful.

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

great job! You beat me to it! newest follower! following from
http://imnotatrophywife.com

laura

Shona said...

These are super cute! Great idea to paint the plastic urns.....I'll have to look into that. Thanks for sharing!

Debra said...

These are amazing. I really love them!

Carol said...

I love the polka dots! Your urns look great painted black!

Smiles,
Carol

Molly said...

Those are fantastic! I'm going to have to give that project a try. Thanks for posting!

Giggles said...

Adorable and whimsical!! Good job.. Love the idea of plastic paint...didn't know about that!! Thanks for sharing!!

Hugs Giggles

laurmela said...

I have to tell you I went to Lowes to get the urns and all they had were the bases! 10 of them! I couldn't understand hos that could happen. Finally found a guy to check stock and they are avail at another store across town. My urns will have to wait :(

Amy said...

So festive! The polka dotted pumpkin is my favorite part. I wish our porch were big enough to do something like that. I'd be so thrilled if you would link this to my pumpkin craft challenge...

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-craft-challenge-4-pumpkins.html

Karima said...

What a lovely porch display - you are so creative! saw you on linky party and now gfc following you, Karima :) www.karimascrafts.com

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

The urns turned out great! And I love the pumpkin topiaries. The polka dot pumpkin if my favorite. So cute!

I'd love for you to link this up to my Monster Mash Bash Halloween link party! http://afishwholikesflowers.blogspot.com/2011/10/lets-do-monster-mash.html

Hope to see you there!

Mandy said...

I'm a new follower! I'd love it if you shared a project at my Link party that started today. Love your blog!
www.projectqueen.org

Johnnie said...

This is great! I will be heading to Lowes today to try and score an couple of urns!

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Cherilyn said...

I've been looking for an idea for these urns. I picked up 2 at Dollar General's summer clearance sale this week for 10 cents each!