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Shabby Chic Planter

Good Morning, Everyone!  It's a rainy Monday at the cottage, but I'm not complaining.  We had a beautiful weekend with lots of sun and mild temperatures. Yesterday was spent with friends on their 10 acres - a little slice of heaven - so, a little rain?  All of my plants are smiling!

My latest project was reinventing a planter for the front porch:
Are you ready for the 'before' shot?
I'm sure it came directly from 1970.  It even had a flower decal (that was removed before this pic).  If you look carefully, you can see the outline.  I layed a wet cloth on it for a few minutes and the decal came right off - with the help of my spatula.  Yes, I was too lazy to go downstairs and get a scraper! 

Over the years, this little treasure had some wear & tear.  The legs were loose and the top corner had a chunk missing.  Nothing a screwdriver (with some toothpicks to fill-in the hole that was now too big - my hubby's trick) and some wood putty couldn't fix.
I bought a wood embellishment and gave it some dark stain so it would match when the piece was distressed.  
I did not attach it at this point.  I just rested it there to see how it was going to look.


Since it was going to live on the front porch which is open to the elements, I painted it with 2 coats of exterior house paint.  The wood embellishment was also painted.  Everything dried overnight, and the next day, the sandpaper came out.  I sanded in various spots and when I was happy with the look, the embellishement was glued on with E6000.  
The entire planter was sprayed with 2 coats of Krylon sealer and it was time to plant!

This is the first thing you see as you come up to my front porch.  Isn't it amazing what a little paint and sandpaper can do?

Thank you for stopping by the cottage.  Have a wonderful week and be sure to stop by again soon - I picked up another treasure and I can't wait to get started on it - and share it with you, of course!



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  1. That looks wonderful! I am always so happy to see the transformation that paint can do! The purple is just popping, of course it could also be because purple is my favorite color. LOL

    I would love it if you pop on over and link up at my Table It Link Party. Its for gardeners, decorating enthusiasts and more.

    Have a good day!

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    1. Thank you, Christine - On my way to the party!

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  2. What an adorable planter, you did a great job reviving it!

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  3. This is adorable. I love the little wood element on the front and the distressing. I need to get busy with some planters for my back patio. Something like this would be perfect.

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    1. Start searching your local flea market - that's where this was found! Good luck!

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  4. What an incredible transformation, Ann! You did a lovely job making it pretty with paint, but adding the wood embellishment made it really special. My aunt is considering painting her bedroom furniture and I suggested she add something like that to the plain headboard to dress it up. You've totally convinced me that a simple piece of carved wood can make something beautiful! Jamie | anderson + grant

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    1. Thank you, Jamie. I agree, that one little piece of wood makes a huge difference! Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. How awesome! My name is Nicole, and I'm one of the co-hosts for the Merry Monday linky party. I wanted to stop by and thanks for sharing this at Merry Monday's! Have a great week!

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  6. Your planter is so lovely -- and those deep purple petunias are stunning!! Thanks for sharing at my Grandma Ideas link up.

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    1. Thank you, Nina. I really like the purple too!

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  7. thank you for sharing this beautiful transformation at the Thursday Favorite things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

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    1. Thank you, Katherine. I'm looking forward to seeing the feature!

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  8. Ann - thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! I have featured you on my Tuesday Treasures. Hope you have time to stop by and take a look!

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    1. Thank you, Debi - I'm thrilled to be featured!

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  9. What an absolutely lovley transformation! Love the vibrant purple petunias, my favorite!Thank you for sharing at the #OhMyHeartsieGirlWW!

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    1. Thank you, Christine, I love the petunias too!

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  10. Hi Ann, what a cute little planter and an amazing finish, Im sure you will enjoy for a long time!!!Hope you are doing well!!!
    Have a great week,

    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGWW this week!!

    Hope you have a great week!
    Karren

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    1. Thank you, Karren. Hope you are well, too!

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  11. Great project! Love how it turned out!

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  12. What an amazing transformation, and I love the addition on the front. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  13. Super Cute! Happy to have you sharing over on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday.

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