"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Vintage Halloween Planter Redo

Found this old Halloween
planter in the basement of
an old school house-turned antique
shop.  Even though most of
the paint was chipped away, 
the condition of the planter
is in great condition.
 How do you like the new
look?  Instead of gold scrolling,
I painted it a deep dark green
to complement the
orange.  After repainting the
little pumpkins lining the bottom,
I converted them into
 Jack O'Lanterns.

 I painted a band around the hat,
which apparently, the original didn't have.
Strange, the mold had a band, but
the hat was painted pure black with
just the buckle. 
 Finally, I painted a little
mask on the witch's face, as if
she's going trick-or-treating or
off to a masquerade.
Repainting old planters isn't easy because
the paint doesn't adhere well, often smearing.
If you try this, I highly suggest using
Martha Stewart paints.  (It was one of those
unexpected happy discoveries!)  This paint
is much thicker than typical acrylics and I've
found that it sticks much better to smooth,
shiny surfaces. 


  1. It is so adorable ~ you have just a great vision for the color changes! The little pumpkins around the base are just sooo cute!! Nice job, as always! Judi