Brighten your deck or patio with these spray painted planters in a new, summertime color by Rust-Oleum Stops Rust—Gloss Tuscan Sun. With the help of a few coats of spray paint, we mixed and matched different sizes and shapes of planters to turn them into one vibrant look.
To show you just how easy it is to create, here’s how we transformed one of our planters—a wooden box planter—to get this summer-ready deck.
- Wooden Planter Box & Other Various Planters
- Medium Grit Sanding Sponge
- Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus Primer Spray
- Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Gloss Protective Enamel – Gloss Tuscan Sun
- Rust-Oleum Comfort Grip Spray Accessory
- Drop Cloth
- Latex Gloves
- Respirator Mask
- Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Textured Metallic Spray – Silver (Optional)
Before You Start
Always work in a well-ventilated area, and wear gloves and a mask while spray painting, especially if you’re spraying in a confined space like a garage.
Step 1 – Lay Out a Drop Cloth
Before you start to paint, spread out a drop cloth to protect from paint spray. We recommend working on a table for this project. If you’re spraying multiple planters, space them out on the drop cloth to avoid overspray.
Step 2 – Sand the Wooden Planter Box
Sand the wooden box thoroughly with a medium grit sanding sponge. Be sure to sand in the same direction as the wood grain, and don’t forget about the box’s edges and corners.
Step 3 – Wipe the Box with a Tack Cloth
Once you’ve finished sanding, wipe down the crate with a tack cloth.
Step 4 – Prime the Box for Spray Painting
Because we’re spray painting wood, we used Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus for maximum coverage.
To apply the primer, shake the can for one minute after the mixing ball starts to rattle. Then, spray the primer onto the box in a steady, sweeping motion.
Step 5 – Paint the Planter Box
Next, shake your can of Stops Rust Protective Enamel in Gloss Tuscan Sun for one minute after the mixing ball starts to rattle. Hold the can 10-16 in. away from the surface of the box and spray using the same technique you used to prime. Apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart.
To complement your yellow planter, try spraying another planter with Stops Rust Textured Metallic spray in Silver.
Tip: If you’re spraying multiple planters, consider using the Comfort Grip. This easy-to-use trigger grip will keep your finger from getting tired during continuous spraying.
Step 6 – Let the Paint Dry
Set the planter aside to dry completely for 24 hours. Once it’s dry, add flowers to the planter and place on your deck to enjoy!
And that’s your spray painted planter box.
To get this complete look, spray paint multiple planters, varying between Stops Rust Gloss Tuscan Sun and Stops Rust Textured Metallic Silver. We also used Stops Rust Textured Metallic in Silver to refinish a watering can and updated this deck with Restore 2X One Coat Solid Stain in Cape Cod Gray.