Painting Iron Planters for Spring

I'm ready to step outdoors and get ready for Spring! 

Sprucing up the house for the Spring

Our first Spring project this year was replacing our back deck. We used Trex which is a beautiful low maintenance, high performance product for decking that will last longer than we will ever need in this house. The best part for me is it is a 95% recycled product. 

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I'm lucky enough to have a very talented son-in-law at 
RDC Interiors who built the deck. His business is located on Long Island and he does beautiful work if you need any construction work done. 

Unfortunately the work on the deck was a little slow going due to the weather.  

This lovely photo was taken on Sunday...

Trex outdoor decking and our patio set

and this photo was taken the very next day. 

An early Spring snowstorm and our new deck

It's been like this all Spring and it is discouraging to say the least!

But today I'm ignoring the weather and going ahead with more of my plans to spruce up the outside of the house. 

On the front stoop I'm updating 2 of my very favorite iron planters. 

                                     A distressed iron planter gets a makeover for the Spring

These gorgeous iron planters were a gift from my Preschool class several years ago. The children from this class Pre-K class are probably well into their 20's now so it's probably time to repaint these planters. 

I'm painting in the middle of my den today due to the crazy weather conditions outside. 

I put down a plastic drop cloth and got to work. I'm using Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Charcoal.  This color is a dark graphite black.

You can see the planters in this photo from last year's post about  Replacing the Garage Door. If you're thinking of replacing your garage door this is a good read. 
RDC Interiors does that as well!

This matte chalked paint covered the rusty old color in one coat.

Painting Iron Planters for Spring

Painting Iron Planters black for Spring

I'm going to let nature take it's course on these planters. In no time the rust will come through the paint and they will look beautifully distressed. 

Painting heavy Iron Planters black for Spring

As soon as the weather is willing, I will be filling my planters with the same gorgeous plants I used last year. Dipladinia, the flowers bloomed all Spring, Summer, and well into the fall. They were amazing flowering plants from Home Depot and I hope to find them again!

Painting heavy Iron distressed Planters black for Spring

For now I'm getting everything ready for outdoor living 
and hoping that this, the 2nd week of April, 
the snow is finally done for the year!

Update: The flowers from Home Depot are a 
drop in pot called Dipladenia.
They flowered for us from early Spring until late Fall last year.



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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .