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RE: Painting pots, containers? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: lindasewandsew on 03.24.2009 at 01:27 am in Garden Junk Forum

Hello, my name is Linda and I'm addicted to painting pots red, lol. Wash the pots with soap and water (or vinegar or bleach), then let them dry completely. Sand ceramic and smooth plastic pots just to sand the shine off so the paint will stick better (wipe the dust off with a slightly damp rag). Zinsser Bullseye latex primer works nice, and can be painted over in less than an hour. Any decent brand exterior paint will work fine over it. Interior products don't hold up outside. I never paint in the hot sun. Being a midnight gardener helps, but in the daytime they're painted and dried in the shade. They can be tucked under a table or anything that will shade them. Latex dries fast. The inside top, rim, and most of the outside can be painted. Let dry, then turn it upside down and paint what's left. Sometimes, they get 2 coats.

When I paint porous pots, like terra cotta, I seal them inside with car undercoating spray (Pep Boys has it). Black roof patch that is brushed on also works, but is probably messier. Use this a day before painting. This should keep the water from seeping through and lifting the paint off the outside of the pot. Prime and paint just like the plastic pots. I paint the top few inches of the inside of the pot. The car undercoating can be painted over (not sure about the roof patch). I use paint brushes or sponge rollers, depending on the pot. If the pot has a raised design, use a contrasting color and brush it lightly with a somewhat dry paintbrush. If it's not dark enough, go over it a few more times to make the color deeper so the pattern shows more.

I also like oil base (alkyd) industrial paint. It stinks, and takes about 18 hours to dry, but looks nice and is very tough. Metal pots can be painted with this without primer.

I usually don't let pots sit in water, but have painted some pot saucers with the same paints, which have had water in them for at least a few weeks and the paint held up just fine.

The weather here is mild, so most of mine get planted on the same day, but don't get watered for a day. Linda

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Newly made Spindle Stuff (pics)

posted by: mzclassic on 02.11.2008 at 06:01 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Well I have been hard at it since I hit the "mother lode". Here are two of my birdhouses and a candle holder. The birdhouses are quite tall as they are on (3) spindles screwed/glued together. The candle holder I just had to put some glass on. *grin*
Donna

Here is a link that might be useful: My Stuff

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Obelisk birdfeeder

posted by: luvs2click on 01.02.2008 at 05:28 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Some might remember the obelisk my DH made me out of old decking boards and branches. We used it to grow cukes in my small garden. I found this large birdfeeder at a garage sale for $1, and it fits nicely on top. So now it does double duty. The feeder has a screen bottom and is quite large. We had several inches of snow today again.....I like the first picture better!

Arlene

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden photos

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clipped on: 01.04.2008 at 02:19 am    last updated on: 01.04.2008 at 02:19 am

Little Table Done

posted by: squirrellycanadian on 12.28.2007 at 10:33 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I'll be giving this to my friend today, hope she likes it! I probably should have mosaiced the globe underneath that holds the light, but I ran out of time and matching glass. Does anyone else go thru "withdrawl" after finishing a project? I have the time off for holidays, planned to play,play,play, and just can't seem to get inspired to do a darn thing. I keep going into my craft room, looking at my stuff, waiting for inspiration........I'm sure it will come to me the day before I go back to work!!##??!!

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RE: Forks??? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: luvs2click on 06.22.2007 at 10:10 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Here's mine - made by a friend. She uses old kitchen items like sifters, cookie cutters, graters, etc. for the top. She uses stainless and/or silver, preferably a silver one for the middle. The silver ones, make better sound, she says. She also flattens them.

Arlene

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What's your opinion on this table for my black DR?

posted by: texashottie on 12.15.2007 at 09:40 pm in Home Decorating Forum

You guys remember my black dining room:

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Well, I've been eyeing this EJ Victor table for the last few months. It's come down in price at my local store and I'm tempted to pick it up.

My room is small---I really don't have the room to put in anything but a table and chairs. I like the fact that it's round and that the leaves can be removed---it's very well constructed. When the leaves are in, I have about 32-36" to the wall, which is a little tight. But I haven't found much else that will fit in this room without being too large that it invades my foyer.

This pic doesn't do it justice--it has a formal, polished and glossy top, and the wood grains really make a statement. There is a small inlay in the center. I really only want a round table. Also I like that it's cleaner-lined for my dining room.

What do you think?

It doesn't have chairs.... that will probably be next year's big purchase.

Am I headed in the right direction? What are your opinions?

Here is a link that might be useful: Round Table

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My trellis ladder

posted by: lady_alicia on 12.10.2007 at 09:49 am in Trash To Treasure Forum

I had these spindles and didn't know what to do with them and I needed a trellis for my Morning Glory's to trail up. My husband had two pieces of wood that were the same size, no cutting needed, so I made a ladder. I'm going to make another one in the spring, but it will be much nicer. This one I threw together in a pinch. Unfortunately, baby bunnies in my yard nibbled my Morning Glories away, so they didn't do much trailing this summer. Next year I'll be more prepared for them! :))

Hope these pics work....

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Just finished this order .............

posted by: silvamae on 11.13.2007 at 07:49 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

My mother's nurse asked for a "Tiffany" type photo frame (about nine months ago) and I finally and suddenly did it!

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Help Me Decide, Wouldya!? (Photo)

posted by: des_arc_ya_ya on 07.14.2007 at 10:06 pm in Trash To Treasure Forum

Bought a bunch of old gold colored tarnished flatware. Had decided to take an old flywheel from a tractor (or very old car!) and turn it into a windchime. Even if the sound wasn't very melodic, thought it would be a neat idea. As I was laying it out to see how it was gonna look, Twinkie (my DH) and I both thought that it looked pretty cool just as it was. What about it? Would you mount it on something and use it as is, or would you make a windchime?

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Another Bowling Ball Project (pic)

posted by: lydia1959 on 05.29.2006 at 01:33 pm in Trash To Treasure Forum

Here it is in the earlier stages:

And when finished:

I used the silvery colored Hammered Paint, then patted on and wiped off watered down black paint. The stand is a candle holder? I picked up at a yard sale.

This one is a little different from the copper colored lizard one I did last year. The frogs don't stick as well, but I wanted to use them as they were some my DD collected when she was smaller. I'm giving this one away to my Mom for her birthday next week. I thought it looked kind of neat before painting too!

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What I did With my Old Window (Pic)

posted by: lydia1959 on 10.07.2006 at 05:05 pm in Trash To Treasure Forum

Hopefully it will trick my guests into thinking I painted it. Actually I used transparencies and my Print Shop software to do the lettering and graphics. Stuck them to the backside of my glass with Fiskars clear mounting stickers. Hung it with ring hangers on screws in the wall studs.

If you get close or use a flash on your camera you can see the transparencies and the little mounting stickers. So if you do this project - try hanging it in a area higher up and not in a sunny or well lit area.


With flash.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out!

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Just wanted to share some of my window paintings

posted by: mojojojogrlnj on 08.30.2006 at 06:52 am in Trash To Treasure Forum

so many people are so talented here I just wanted to share some of my work....
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this one was my favorite but it broke:( didnt have the heart to toss it yet...it said in french welcome to my garden
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would also like more ideas on colors for the sils on windows....im stuck on distressed ivory lol

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Post Planter (Pic)

posted by: lydia1959 on 06.25.2006 at 02:37 pm in Trash To Treasure Forum

Planter I made from an old post I painted, used a metal grate as the base and added the plastic pot hangers. A easy and cheap (about $6.00) project to add some color to my patio.

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clipped on: 09.29.2007 at 10:04 am    last updated on: 09.29.2007 at 10:04 am

Little Memorial Garden

posted by: countrygrl on 08.04.2007 at 08:28 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I finally thought of a way to have a remembrance of my grandparents in my garden. They passed away back in the 90's, but I still think of them just about every day. Seeing their cups and dishes makes me smile every time I'm out watering! The picture is kind of blurry, but the cups say Grandma and Grandpa.



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Glass plant stands

posted by: nmgirl on 08.30.2007 at 09:38 am in Garden Junk Forum

Here some photos of some of the glass plant stands I've made. I usually make fairy houses and glass topiaries over the winter when it's too cold or wet to be outside. I hope you like them. And I hope the pictures post correctly!

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Another pot

posted by: lyndalu on 09.01.2007 at 12:53 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Just finished another terracotta pot - same dishes I used on the last one (the Lynn's Savannah), different design. I so love these colors, and feel so lucky in finding a whole set of them at a good price.



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WIP - Terracotta pot

posted by: lyndalu on 07.23.2007 at 01:25 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I did something a little different on this terracotta pot. On the standard terracotta pots that have the "lip" at the top did ya ever wish it was just smooth all the way down and you didnt have to deal with the 2 different levels? Ive seen some very pretty ways to deal with it and they even look great with the lip painted instead of mosaicd (just recently Bama and Rosie did beautiful painting techniques on the tops of their pots) but I bought some bigger pots recently (during a great sale) and I came up with something to resolve this.I put a coating of concrete starting just under the lip, and then smoothing it out towards the middle of the pot. Like this:




Im using these dishes. I absolutely love these colors, and the design on the plates, and have been so anxious to use them. Oh, and BEST PART they are a dream to cut!! The breaks are clean, very little chipage. They are just great. They are LYNNS china I have found some other beautiful patterns by Lynns, and they have always been easy to nip.




As I cut the pieces, I kept them "together" because I wanted at least part of it to keep the design from the plates, mugs, etc. I used the mugs at the top. And the rest so far are the big plates. Ive got some solid blues, greens, yellow and some coordinating glass globs as well. This is what it looks like so far. Its 14 inches tall, and 18 inches wide at the top.






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Fairy garden totem

posted by: craftyjanjan on 05.15.2007 at 05:15 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Well here's is my second totem. It is much smaller than the first because my granddaughter decided I needed to make one for the fairies. These are the smallest glassware I had, so I went for it. When I was finished she said, nana, thats exactly what the fairies wanted. Lol.

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Latest Totem

posted by: mylalaland on 07.05.2007 at 10:25 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I made another on today, got lucky and hit a yard sale on a Thursday. I was thinking this one would be good indoors as well. Maybe for a center piece. Put a candle in the top or fresh flowers and cookies or fruit on the plates.
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You've created a monster....

posted by: gotonenerveleft on 04.27.2007 at 02:15 pm in Garden Junk Forum

.....with these totem things. I've seen them for awhile now but just started making them and now I'm hooked. They are so easy to make and cost so little. I've made about 7 so far with many more to go. Here are pictures of the ones I've done so far. Thanks for all the inspiration...this place is so great!!!

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clipped on: 09.22.2007 at 11:44 pm    last updated on: 09.22.2007 at 11:44 pm

two tea kettle birdhouses thanks flagtruck!

posted by: cindee11461 on 04.27.2007 at 12:21 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Thanks flagtruck for the inspiration to do these. I used old teakettles for my project. I left them as is because I love how rustic they both were(-: The copper kettle has some frogs that have decided that it might make a good place to live....the other one is mounted on my door

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Pansy painted child's chairs

posted by: nancelee on 04.23.2007 at 12:23 am in Garden Junk Forum

These chairs were being thrown away and I rescued them and painted them, added a pansy design, cut out a circle for a pot of pansies and have a great plant holder.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Old Rake Head

posted by: kudzukween on 02.28.2007 at 06:48 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I hung it near the front door,with some garden tools I made from old porch spindles,and a few I dug up out of the yard,and a few bunches of dried flowers. I think it might need a straw hat....

Here is a link that might be useful: old rake head decor

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Magnolia Ball

posted by: shysue on 08.19.2007 at 06:32 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I finally made a flower ball thanks to Loriey's inspiration. I didn't have any Wallies so I used wallpaper. I have sprayed about six coats of spar polyurethane on it, so if it ever rains here again (I've almost forgotten what rain looks like), I will see if it holds up. I think I am going to use this stand for it, but I can't decide which way to display it. Which way do you prefer?

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New BB

posted by: loriey on 07.30.2007 at 09:37 am in Garden Junk Forum

This is my first bowling ball done in decoupage.

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