Do you have flower containers that need a facelift? I sure do and I’m sharing how to dry brush flower planters it’s an easy and quick way to give these a new look!
How perfect is this?
Well, let me tell you how updating planters began.
Before I plant my summer blooms, I take my flowerpots out to see how many plants I will need. When I took these out of the shed, I quickly realized I haven’t updated the color of two containers I planned on using.
So, I came up with an easy and fast way to give these containers and update.
Let me share how I did this simple painting process.
Dry Brushing and What is it?
What’s Dry Brushing
Dry brush painting is a great technique to try especially if you love the rustic look as I do with most pieces in our home.
It creates a worn appearance to my pieces. This works well for farmhouse, French country or country home decor. Applying your paint with a dry brush technique really shows the brush strokes. This is an example why I enjoy using this process.
What’s the Concept to Dry Brushing?
For the most part, when dry brushing I use two colors. These paint colors may be very similar or different shades.
Normally I paint the base coat as if I am painting the piece, for a smooth paint look. However, because this piece is already covered with a basecoat, I’m moving directly to dry brushing. So, as mentioned below in my supplies list I am using ASCP in Louis Blue and Country Grey paint colors.
Dry brushing gives a piece an uneven look and reveals a bit of the base color as you will see while talking through this planter paint project.
Some may suggest using a good quality brush. However, I have been using this painting technique for years and I use inexpensive chip brushes. Why? Because in my opinion when applying dry brush paint my brushes are often in bade shape. For me this is budget friendly.
Also, using a dry brush technique is simple to apply and is perfect for flower planters. I use a dry brushing idea on accessories to fit in with our home decor often. This gives an old piece new life and is great way to upcycle with paint.
- Chalk Paint – Annie Sloan Louis Blue or color and paint of your choice
- Chalk Paint – Annie Sloan Country Grey or color and paint of your choice
- Chip Brushes
- Painter Stirrers
- Paper to Cover Work Area
How to Dry Brush Flower Planters Using Easy Steps
Step 1: Clean the Containers with Soap and Water
Before beginning the dry brushing of the flower container clean these using a brush and soap and water. Then let it these dry completely.
I recommend adding paper to your workspace to catch any paint. I did this easy painting process outside, so I covered my table.
Step 2: Begin the Painting Technique I’m Sharing
Now dip the tip of your brush in the paint and dab on a rag to remove any excess. Begin adding paint to the plant container project. For the most part when dry brushing I add color in different directions.
For my painting project I begin adding my blue paint. I did this heavier in some sections to give this dry brush floral container a true aging appearance.
Tip: When aging pieces with an easy dry brush idea remember pieces in nature age differently. So, make sure to add this process heavier and lighter in areas.
Tip: Why do I Add Color in Different Directions?
I add paint in various directions to add texture. I also do this to avoid any brushstrokes for my project. This is an example of how to add age to these flower planters.
Adding the Second Layer of Color to the Pot for a Weathered Look
Step 3: Adding the Second Color to Add Texture
Now begin adding the Farmhouse Beige or color of your choice using a new brush. Again, dip lightly in the paint and wipe off any excess.
Here’s a great opportunity to add tons of character and texture to your container project. For instance. when I apply my second layer of dry brushing, I rub the paint in a few areas using more pressure.
Tip: Why apply more pressure with the next layer of dry brushing? Do this to rub a bit of paint off to see the color beneath. Again, the aging process doesn’t look the same on an entire piece.
As an example, in some areas of my planters the old color peaks through. Applying extra pressure while using a dry brush gives a realistic aged look to pieces. So, think about this when using the dry brush process.
Curing and Sealing Your Paint Project
Step 4: Curing and Adding Sealer
When using chalk paint, I find it’s best to let it cure for at least 24 hours. Because these planters will be out in the elements, I highly suggest applying two coats of polyurethane. Let this cure overnight before planting begins.
Incidentally, if you would like to see more ways, I have given furniture pieces an update these are big makeovers on a small glass front cabinet, how to update a dining room table base and making old wood pretty.
Now you know the easy steps on how to dry brush flower planters or any other pieces that need an updated look.
I hope you find this dry brush tutorial helpful. Do you enjoy painting? I’d love to know in the comments section!