A Garage Sale Makeover Using RUST-OLEUM

A few years ago, I rescued this fleur-de-lis metal garden planter from winding up in a dumpster. It was one of many items at an off-the-beaten-path garage sale which had not been advertised. It wasn’t sold and I acquired it with few other garden treasures.


It was in need of a makeover. This week I finally got around to giving it a fresh coat of paint.


I lightly sanded the frame with 150-grit fine sandpaper and a foam sanding block.


As I sanded away the top layer of chipped antique white paint I exposed the original color–avocado green. Could this be a vintage wall planter?


I used RUST-OLOEUM Paint + Primer in Satin Heirloom White purchased at Lowes.


It didn’t take long to spray the planter with two nice even coats.


It’s always amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do for almost anything.


I added a window box with low-maintenance Vinca. I love Vinca because it densely fills planters, it doesn’t require deadheading or pinching back and it tolerates extreme heat and humidity. The leaves are glossy green and the flowers always look healthy throughout the entire summer.

I can actually use the same can of RUST-OLEUM to paint the Terra Poly plastic window box as well. I had used it on a terra-cotta pot last month with great results. It can be used on almost any surface.


6 thoughts on “A Garage Sale Makeover Using RUST-OLEUM

  1. Thank you for the comments on vinca…I hope to use that next summer in Alaska. You share so much useful information. and it’s been wonderful to relive our construction years thru your remodeling adventures. Great work and a great partnership between you and your husband ❤️

    1. It’s so pretty en masse in beds. And butterflies love it too! I have annual vinca, also called periwinkle; it is not related to the perennial ground cover with the same name. You’ll love it in Alaska!

  2. I love that stuff.

    I’m using it in white (interior) and black (exterior) to repaint some vintage watercolor palettes I have. They are traditionally a shiny black outside and a matte white inside, so you can tell what colors you are mixing.

    I bought a vintage Winsor and Newton college box that was in pretty good shape (no rust) but had some chips and scratches inside and out. Now it looks like new.

    Did a vintage French watercolor box also.

    Going to tackle another Winsor and Newton after I mask with some painter’s tape.

    I kinda like the terracotta color of the plastic window box. It contrasts nicely with white metal work. But white would be nice too as it would provide a nice contrast to the Vinca and make them pop.

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