Couple of days ago I decided to do some delayed spring cleaning and get rid of things that have been piling up in our house.
If you’ve been following my blog, you already know what cleaning up means for me… For those of you who read this for the first time, this means upcycling projects!
We have so many things in my cupboard that I get a headache only by looking at them.
During the cleanup my mum and I came across so many cloths, cups and glasses, books and shoes. Things that were good as new that nobody ever wondered where these where. And I guess, nobody from my family would ever use them again. Among all those stuff I felt like sitting on a goldmine. Well… sort of…
That was a metal cooking pot! Right before my mum set it aside for recycling, I took it off of her hands and that’s when I came up with today’s project idea.
So today’s project is all about transforming an old cooking pot into your next flower pot for your favorite plants.
Let’s see what we’ve got.
- An old metal cooking pot
- Napkins for Decoupage
- Acrylic paints
- Patina wax, bronze color or gold color
- Texture paste
- Decoupage glue
Similar tools to the ones I use
How to restore an old cooking pot and transform it into a flower pot.
First and foremost, you need to prepare your object for restoration.
And by preparation I mean that I begin scrubbing it with rough sandpaper until the surface looks as clean and smooth as possible. The reason is that the metal surface is too slick and it’s difficult to maintain the color that I want to paint it with. And by rubbing it with sandpaper, I’m able to have apply my colors without any problems.
Once I’m done rubbing it, I apply the primer across the entire surface of the metal pot with a big and wide brush inside out.
I let it dry.
It’s time to decide on the colors I’m going to paint the pot with.
I’m going to go with a light color on the exterior of the pot and a green one for the interior.
The great thing about using a primer is that you don’t have to make a lot of layers with the acrylic colors afterwards. This way you save both money and time.
On this step, we’re going to decoupage. And finding the right napkins is the most important factor.
Personally, I like using napkins that have flower or plant motifs but of course, you can use whatever you feel like.
I cut the napkins with my fingers. If you want to be more precise, do it with scissors.
Next, I apply the decoupage glue on the spot I’m planning to place the napkin on and I stick the napkin. Once the napkin is there, I use a fine brush to apply decoupage glue radially, starting from the middle of the motif and working my way towards the sides.
Now that the decoupage part is finished, how about we make a stencil?
I thought that it’s a great idea to make a stencil on the left and right side of the decoupage.
I use stencil with texture paste. First, I mix the texture paste with a little bit of acrylic beige or light green color.
I place the stencil on the exterior of the metal pot using a pallet knife.
I apply the mix on the stencil. I leave it for a few minutes and I remove the stencil carefully and then I let everything till dry.
When I’m done with one side, I do the same thing for the other side of the pot.
And by the way, If you want more details on how to do this step, make sure you check out my article on how to make a stencil.
Once the stencils are dry, I take an old and hard toothbrush with a bit of brown color on it. I take the toothbrush close to my pot and with my finger, I push the hair of the toothbrush in such way so that I sprinkle the brown color on my pot. I like to use red and brown colors but you can use whatever color you think it’s best for your creation.
For the finishing touch, I apply some bronze patina on a few spots.
Lastly, I want to make the pot water-resistant and there’s only one way to do so. I apply 3-4 layers of water varnish on the entire surface of the pot. Make sure that you apply each layer right only when the previous layer has already dried. This last step might take you one or two days to complete but it’s totally worth it.
My old ugly pot has turned into an marvellous flower pot!
And here’s another pot that I prepared the same way following the same steps