It is truly amazing how transformative paint can be. Do you remember the easy DIY side tables or this DIY ottoman, all accomplished with a small amount of paint! When prepping to makeover our front stoop, I knew paint would be an easy way to keep the costs down. When I have a budget of $50 I need to be really conscientious of what I upcyle and what I choose to purchase new. Paint is great for outdoor decor like plant pots and lanterns, but also larger projects like dining tables, chairs and outdoor furniture.
Let’s take a look at how I quickly and easily updated two pieces of outdoor decor for my front stoop makeover.
OUTDOOR DECOR: LANTERNS
These lanterns had some rust and were sun faded after being outside for a couple seasons. Using Rust-Oleum paint I was able to give them new life!
STEP 1: Remove the glass. (This takes a bit of time, but saves even more not having to tape off all the glass.) Wipe down any dirt or debris.
STEP 2: Spray 3 light coats of paint. You don’t need to wait for each coat to dry. You want to simply go over the lantern lightly with each coat.
STEP 3: Let it dry. Once it dries you may need a final coat.
STEP 4: Add glass back in
OUTDOOR DECOR: TERRACOTTA POTS
I don’t know why I ever bought terracotta pots, I don’t really like the colour, they must have been really cheap. They’ve been sitting in my yard, so when I wanted to makeover the front stoop, I knew I had to find a way to use them. This DIY took all of 5 minutes!
STEP 1: Wipe dirt off pots
STEP 2: Mix water and old white paint (I used what I had on hand). You want the mixture to be thin.
STEP 3: Paint the pots. You can use a paint brush or sponge.
STEP 4: Wipe off paint with a cloth.
STEP 5: Repeat, steps 3 and 4. I kept doing layers to get a good texture.
One thing to note with this project, if it’s hot outside, the paint will dry really fast so you might want to work in sections.
There we go! Two budget friendly options for outdoor decor on a budget. I don’t know about you but I keep all my leftover paint and spray cans, even if there is only a small amount left, you never know when they might come in handy! All the materials I used were from other projects, so these upcycles didn’t cost anything