Wicker Plant Stand Makeover
with Amy Howard Spray Paint
The weather here in coastal Georgia is gorgeous, and Easter is only 4 days away. It’s time to spruce up the porches for outdoor living. This week, I did a plant stand makeover for the front porch.
If you’ve read my blog recently, you’re going to think that all of my furniture is made of wicker. I recently did a post on How to Update a Wicker Table . But, I promise, this is the last wicker post you’ll see for a while. (maybe)
Today, I’m sharing how I refurbished the wicker plant stand and selected plants for my very shady front porch.
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- HomeRight spray paint shelter from Home Depot. I have the small shelter, but Home Depot also sells a larger spray paint shelter for painting furniture.
- Amy Howard at Home spray paint in Vendome Grey
- Vintage Wood Mercantile wax with Beeswax by Amy Howard
(Amy Howard products are available online or at Ace Hardware Stores).
First, I cleaned the plant stand with a solution of vinegar and water and let it dry in the sun.
Next, I turned the plant stand upside down and placed it in my HomeRight spray paint shelter to keep overspray from covering my grass and shrubbery. I gave the piece a light first coat of paint by moving the can in a “dusting” motion as I sprayed.
After letting the paint dry for about 1 hour, I applied a second coat.
I found that the Amy Howard spray paint goes on very evenly, and I had no problems with drips.
Flipping the plant stand right-side-up and repeating the steps above, I sprayed two coats on the topside of the piece. I allowed about 1 hour drying time between coats.
“Vendome Grey” is a soft, pale gray, and I really like the smooth finish provided by two coats of this spray paint.
I let my plant stand sit overnight and then applied Amy Howard Vintage Wood Mercantile “Mind Your Own Beeswax.” After applying the wax with a soft, lint-free cloth, I waited about an hour and came back with a clean cloth for buffing.
Buffing the wax brought out a nice, subtle shine on the wicker piece. Although I’ll be using the plant stand on a covered, screened porch, I know that it will need to stand up to temperature and humidity changes. Here in coastal Georgia, we have high humidity, so anything on the porch is often exposed to dampness. I wanted to make sure that the wicker is protected by wax.
In the past, my front porch has been a place where plants go to die. It is quite shady, and I have a tendency to forget that I need to water the plants on the porch.
With these facts in mind, I visited a local nursery and explained my needs to the sales associate. She directed me to two plants that can thrive in a shady spot and revive after drying out if I forget to water them.
- ZZ Plant – The initials stand for: Zamioculcas Zamifolia. (That’s a mouthful). The ZZ plant is easy to care for and tolerates a careless owner who forgets to water it. Click the link to find out about the ZZ plant.
- Pothos Plant – This plant is known for tolerating low light conditions, so it will be ideal for my shady front porch. Click the link for more information about the pothos plant.
Takeaways from this Project
- This post is not sponsored by Amy Howard at Home paints, and I am not an affiliate. So, my opinions are not swayed by any monetary gain. I just wanted to try out these products that I’d heard about.
- I really do like the Amy Howard spray paint and beeswax finish. They made my plant stand look much better. It now has renewed life.
- Living plants on the front porch offer such relaxing ambience. They make the porch function as a bridge between the outdoors and indoors.
- Because I can't seem to keep plants alive on the porch (due to my own negligence), I was glad to receive guidance from an expert at my local nursery.
- Now, I’m just hoping to keep my ZZ plant and my pothos plant alive, at least through the summer.
How about you? Have you been sprucing up your porches for spring and summer?
Let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Enjoy Life Creatively!
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