Give Plastic Planters a Patina with Paint

I've been wanting to do this for a long time. 

I saved a few good sized plastic planters from last year that I wanted to give a makeover. 

I'm creating a paint treatment that will make ugly plastic pots look like they have texture and they've been out in the garden for a season. 

Take a look...

Plastic pots with a mossy paint technique

I began with two cheap plastic planters. They were sturdy enough to save and makeover. You can find a good selection of plastic planters at Dollar Tree so you can give this a try.

plastic pot

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First, I painted both planters with a textured mixture I made using baking soda and a light grey paint by Fusion Mineral Paint called Little Lamb. I used just a couple tablespoons of baking soda in about a 1/2 cup of paint. 

textured plastic pots

Next, I added a dark grey paint and a white paint called Casement by Fusion Mineral Paint into the bowl and dabbed a little from both colors onto the pots with a brush. I do each coat while the paint is still wet. 

grey and white mixed colors on pot

grey and white textured effect on pots

And before that coat dried I added a little Spanish moss green paint into the same bowl. 

mossy green paint in grey paint bowl with brush

I dabbed the mossy green color around the bottom and randomly around the pot to give them the look of moss growing on the pot. 

mossy technique on plastic pot

This easy technique for texturizing the pots is so easy and because I used Fusion Mineral Paint, it holds up great in the weather. 

square pot with mossy effect

This sure changed the look of those cheap plastic planters! 


planters with mossy green patina

They look amazing filled with flowers! 

mossy planter with flowers

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textured pot with overlay


This was an easy fix!

flowers on shelf in garden

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plastic mossy planter


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. .