Updating your Garden with Benjamin Moore


Designer Dreams on a Shoe String Budget

(This is a sponsored post. Some materials for this project were provided by Benjamin Moore, Tri City Paint & Decorating. All opinions are my own.)

Ahh the life of the fiberglass planter. Once all the rage, they now seem to collect in the back of garage sales or on Craiglist listings. You know the ones, we’ve all had a few. They’re faded now, with chips all over them, but oh boy, did they ever look amazing in their day. Their size impressed, the black modern lines thrilled, and you loved those little architectural details!  They were bursting with summer flowers that drew all your friends envy and captured your kids attention. The last thing you saw as you left home and the first thing to greet you upon arrival.  They were part of your home, a reflection of your personality & style….. So, what happened?

Weather worn and faded, the elements are not kind to planters. Styles have changed too. Bright white’s & citrus colours make up the new modern garden. With bold planters gracing the covers of magazines and garden designs across North America. Luckily those dusty black relics can be saved with a modern makeover. A fresh coat of paint is just the kind refresh your entryway needs. It’s easy!

DIY Planter Makeover Project

Tools required

  • Mask
  • Work gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • Palm sander
  • Wet cloth
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint
  • Paint brush


Out with the old…

First the old paint had to come off! Originally I tried to sand these pots down by hand using sandpaper. It took a really long time, zapped my enthusiasm & left the surface scratchy rather than smooth. It was not going to fly. I needed a better solution.

It came to me in a face palm moment. We had a palm sander, of course! After re equipping I got back to work. Things picked up from there. the palm sander made quick work of the rest of the planters. Leaving a smooth surface clean of the previous chippy paint. The sand paper came in handy on the corners & detailing of the planters.

This is where the mask & gloves come in handy. Sanding is a dusty, dusty job!

Watremark_IMG00345-20130321-1402Ready to Paint!

With the sanding finished I needed paint. With my inspiration colour in mind (Tender Shoots via: Trend Spotting at the NWFGS) I headed down to my local paint shop.

logo web At Benjamin Moore, Tri City Paint & Decorating on the Oxford Connector, I found helpful staff ready to assist me with everything I needed to get my project completed. I love this place! Upon entering the shop my 8 year old, the fashonista was off & flipping through paint swatches like a pro while my younger two needed no assistance finding the play table. Everyone was happy & occupied leaving me free to speak with the sales staff. They helped me match up my colour inspiration to Limelight 2025-40. Perfect!

We talked about my project and the application. The Aura Waterborne Exterior Semi Gloss was recommended for my needs. This  paint hides imperfections with extreme coverage and drys to a smooth finish. Perfect for my planters. The built in primer was going to save me a couple of steps too.

I told you this project would be easy.
Watremark_DSC_2441Back at home, I made sure my pots were clean after their sanding by using the damp cloth to wipe all of their surfaces. When they were dry, I laid out my drop cloth and got to work. I used a three inch brush and was impressed how easily my strokes disappeared into the paint. I did three coats on each pot, leaving time to dry between each. The finish was smooth and glossy.

I loved how they turned out!

Watremark_DSC_4878A Beautiful Planter Deserves Beautiful Plants

In no time flat these planters went from drab to fab! The colour is so bold, so fresh… so modern. I filled them with a mix of high quality potting soil, Seasoil & a few of my favorite plants for high impact at the front door.

So what made it in each planter? Here’s the List:

  • Daphne
  • Deep purple double primroses
  • Hebe ‘Variegata’ with its showy purple flowers in early summer
  • Miniature climbing rose ‘Golden Century’
  • The heavenly fragrant Lilium ‘Montego Bay’
  • sempervivum ‘Blue’
  • Variegated sedge
  • Fall blooming heather
  • Superbena Violet Ice (from my Proven Winners trial garden)

Watremark_mosaic1You too can get that Modern look without the costly price tag.


Share the Love

From August 15- September 30th 2013 Benjamin Moore, Tri City Paint & Decorating will donate $1 from every gallon of premium paint (Aura, Regal & Arborcoat) to Share Family & Community Services.

On October 5th from 11-4pm Benjamin Moore will be hosting Fall into Colour, a Community BBQ & 2nd Annual Share Fundraiser. There will be games for the kids, food, and fabulous sales in store. Mention that you heard about the event through the Dandelion Wrangler for a free hot dog for you kids!

Contest Alert

Do you have a project that needs to be ticked off your list? Well good, because we’re having a contest! To share the love we’ve partnered up with Benjamin Moore Tri City Paint & Decorating to give away a gallon of Aura Interior or Exterior paint to one lucky reader. To be eligible to win you need to be able to pick up your prize from the Port Coquitlam location. Is that you? Great! Then head on over to the Benjamin Moore Tri City Paint & Decorating’s Facebook page & give them a like. Then come back here and let me know you did in the comment section & you’ll be entered to win a gallon of paint! The winner will be chosen by random draw on September 2nd, 2013 at the Benjamin Moore Tri City Paint & Decorating location and will be contacted by email shortly after to arrange pick up of their prize.

Contest is closed. The winner was lucky number 14, Pauline Clare who will be contacted shortly. Thanks to all who participated!


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23 comments on “Updating your Garden with Benjamin Moore

  1. paula madeiros on said:

    planters look fab, love the colour, and have also liked the Facebook page of the Tri cities paint and decorating.

  2. Ashley on said:

    I did!

  3. I did!
    I also love the color you chose, I would have never of picked it.

  4. Done – Liked their fb page & I also like the colour you chose for the planters 🙂

  5. Carmela Frouws on said:

    Done and done 🙂 I really need to finish my daughter’s dresser.

  6. Inspired by your chartreuse planters – so I did!

  7. Sarah Cocking on said:

    Liked the BM tri-cities page!! Love to find a local blog, too!!!!

  8. Stephanie on said:

    I love your paint and design ideas! i liked your fb page 🙂

  9. Love the planters – thanks for the idea!
    Liked the Benjamin Moore page! Thx.

  10. Kelly Hill on said:

    Done 🙂 I love the colours!

  11. Stania on said:

    Thanks for the opportunity, page is “liked”…and by the way, I “like” your page here too 🙂

  12. Tara Stromnes on said:

    Liked your facebook page. I would really appreciate the gallon of paint. We just bought our first home, a fixer upper, and many many gallons of paint are in our future. So any help would be fabulous. Thank you for the chance.

  13. pauline clare on said:

    Great site! Also liked Benjamin Moore on facebook!

  14. Desiree on said:

    Love the yellow! And liked 🙂

  15. Jackie on said:

    I like the FB page. Love BM paint. After using so many others I think it’s the best for coverage. Your planters turned out amazing.

  16. Lesley T on said:

    I liked your facebook page. I also love what you did with the planters.
    I am always buying planters and ornaments for my garden from garage sales
    and second hand stores and they always need touching up. So winning some Benjamin
    Moore paint would be wonderful!

  17. shannon on said:

    I could really use that paint to update my green bedroom that I have grown tired of. I liked the page!

  18. olinga walker on said:

    Am currently looking to update the paint of my apartment and went to look at some colour options, this would be very handy indeed! 🙂

  19. brandon p on said:

    i liked the page!

  20. heather on said:

    I liked the Benjamin Moore fb page and I really wanna win that paint!

  21. OMG Laura, the planters look AMAZING!!!! I’ll have to make note of that Limelight colour!!!

    I went to their page and like them! pick me pick me!!! I love refinishing all sorts of things and would definitely take advantage of the can of paint!

    thanks for the opportunity!

  22. Pam Mayne on said:

    did it! 🙂

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