Get this look for lots less...

                       I love these planters from Restoration Hardware, but the smallest runs $129.
They come in two finishes, weathered cast stone and sand.
 I was very pleases to come across the Mandel Planter at IKEA on my last trip.

While they aren't as massive as the R.H. ones, they range in size from 4 1/4"- 9 1/2" diameter, they still can work as porch planters and accent pieces for your outside table. They also only cost $1.99- 12.99.
Their finish is also very close to the "sand" finish above. I actually like it better because it  is a touch browner and looks like dried mud. (Never thought I'd think dried mud was pretty.)

Here are two of the small sizes I picked up, the first image is "as is", the second painted with a gray wash...

 
In case your wondering "Whats up with all the oatmeal Danika?", we eat a freakish amount in our house, and I have a kid with food allergies and gluten issues so I have to have a gluten-free version as well.
Fun stuff.
Here is how to paint your planter to look like weathered stone...

Mix some primer with a few drops of black and thin with a bit of water.
Paint one coat one and an inch or two inside the rim.  Let dry. Re coat if necessary. This planter is treated on the inside so its waterproof, no need to seal the inside.

Once dry add a few drops more white primer to your mix to lighten (you can also do the reverse and add black is you want a darker look).  Brush a thin coat over the pot. 
 Quickly sponge most of it off with a clean damp sponge. Let dry.

You can seal with a flat varnish for added protection if it will be exposed to the elements, but mine is staying indoors.


6 comments:

things that sparkle said...

They turned out great. Thanks for sharing this tip!

K. Keller said...

Those turned out great! I love ikea and wish we had one closer...

Amber Interiors said...

GO on Martha.....I mean Danika!

Lily said...

Those look great ! Ive seen the ikea ones before and I love the color.

xxLily
goldandgray.blogspot.com

jandjhome said...

Amazing! You are one creative lady. I love all your projects. Thanks for always inspiring.

casey at loft and cottage said...

How much do we love Ikea? The stone treatment you did looks great.

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