How to Weather a Plastic Container


Using attractive pots and containers in your garden can make a difference in your home's curb appeal. Instead of leaving pots out to bear the brunt of the elements over a year or more, give your inexpensive plastic garden pots a weathered patina with an aging technique that takes a few hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic garden container
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge
  • Sandpaper
  • White acrylic paint
  • Moss and lime green paint
  • Choose a plastic or resin pot with texture like a basket weave or one with ridges, flowers or swirls. These nooks and crannies will accentuate the patina once you paint the pot.

  • Apply a light wispy wash of white acrylic paint using a semi-dry paintbrush around the top of the pot. Using short, light hand strokes, apply the moss green paint in another band around the bottom of the pot leaving a small space between the two colors.

  • Apply the lime green paint with a dampened craft or sea sponge by dabbing it in the midsection between the white and moss green paint. For a seamless finish, blend softly with the sponge by overlapping the colors.

  • Use a fine grit sandpaper, once the paint has dried, to lightly distress the pot by rubbing away portions of the paint.

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