Disclosure: Ace Hardware has provided free paint samples. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions, photos, and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.
The Pacific Northwest has been so blessed with spring-like weather for the past month. Sunshine and highs in the mid-60’s to low-70’s? Yes, please. We’ll soak it up while we can! While our daffodils and lilacs are already in full bloom, I know full well that much of the rest of the country is seemingly immersed in eternal winter. I feel a little guilty… so this post is a DIY tutorial to help bring some spring inside!
Regardless of what the weather is like outside of your window, I’ve teamed up with ACE Hardware and Clark+Kensington paint on an easy DIY project to help bring some cheer and sparkle indoors.
31 DAYS OF COLOR
DAY 11: ENCHANTED EVENING
Throughout the month of March, ACE Hardware is celebrating 31 Days of Color with The Paint Studio. Each day on the site at noon EST, a new paint color is revealed, along with tips on how to use that color in your home. So helpful for busy homeowners! Also each day, a new blogger DIY project using that paint color is revealed, for further inspiration. I am the lucky blogger who got to work with Day 11: Enchanted Evening, an indoor/outdoor paint + primer in one by Clark + Kensington. It’s a gorgeous, elegant blue with rich undertones. Y’all know how much I LOVE blues, and this color is perfect for so many different home projects!
DIY Painted Glitter Indoor Flower Pots
With a name like Enchanted Evening, and a color that really could go warm or cool depending on the light, I decided to pair this rich blue with some glittery gold. With the paint sample I was provided, I made these cheerful glittery flower pots and filled them with flowering indoor plants to help brighten up my home office.
The whole project took about 5 hours from start to finish, and most of that was just drying time. Active time of priming, taping, painting, glittering (yes, I declare that is a word!) was probably just about one hour.
DIY PAINTED GLITTERY FLOWER POTS TUTORIAL
* Plastic flower pots
* Plastic primer
* Sponge paint brushes
* Painter’s tape
* Mod Podge
* Gold glitter
* Non-toxic sealant
STEP ONE: I started by going to my neighborhood ACE Hardware, where three of the most friendliest staffers helped me find everything I needed. Seriously. They were all so incredibly welcoming and answered all of my silly project questions.
I found these three small plastic pots for just $1.49 each. A bargain! I went with plastic versus clay because I wanted to be able to move them around easily in my house as needed. Plus, with two kids and a dog, the less breakables in the house, the better!
STEP TWO: Since plastic tends to repel paint, I also purchased a primer at ACE Hardware, which one of their friendly staff helped me pick out to ensure I got the right one for the job. NOTE: If you are painting clay pots or glass, you likely will not need a primer, since the Clark + Kensington paint is a paint + primer all in one.
STEP THREE: Dry time #1. After priming the three pots, it only took about 30 minutes for the primer to dry.
STEP FOUR: I then used painter’s tape to tape off random line geometric patterns and then painted over them with the Enchanted Evening paint.
STEP FIVE: Dry time #2. The blue paint took about an hour to dry in between each coat, and I used two coats.
STEP SIX: Once dry, I then used Mod Podge (a water-based sealer/glue/finish) over the blank primed spots and immediately sprinkled gold glitter over the adhesive.
STEP SEVEN: I sprayed an adhesive sealant over the entire pots to help set the paint and the glitter. We all know how fun it can be to find glitter all over the house, right? (Not!) The sealant helps keep all that glittery gold in its place, and it added a nice sheen to the Enchanted Evening paint.
STEP EIGHT: After allowing one final drying period, the pots were painted, glittered, and ready to place the indoor flowering plants and succulent into the pots.
I love how the elegant blue helps the green stems and the colorful flowers stand out, and the gold glitter adds an element of sophisticated fun.
Don’t they add a colorful, cheerful bit of spring to my desk?
I chose one large succulent and two pink flowering indoor plants to help bring some color to my windowsill. They make me so happy just looking at them!
31 Days of Color
Going to The Paint Studio at Ace is like going to your neighbor. Truly, it is. I love our neighborhood Ace Hardware!
You can check out the Ace Paint Studio 31 Days of Color at noon EST every day in March to uncover new colors, inspiration and expert tips. Be one of the first 1,000 to get a free sample of the color of the day! PLUS: you can also enter the 31 Days of Color Sweepstakes daily for a chance to win a $10,000 paint makeover and daily $50 Ace gift cards. How cool is that?! No purchase necessary. Follow #31DaysOfColor on Instagram for more DIY inspiration!