I have a good one for you today! I turned a thrifted retro magazine holder into a planter. In fact, this particular magazine holder could have been turned into almost anything. I had so many ideas while working on this project. It was crazy. In the end, I chose to transform this magazine holder into a planter to get my porch ready for a garden tour that I will be participating in later this month.
This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.
Last month, I shared with you my summer eclectic home tour. Today, I’m sharing with you a project that I completed for the upcoming garden tour. I also have guests that will be stopping by for a few days, so I thought this project would make a great addition to help spruce up my bland porch. As you may know, I have been working with Ace Hardware on most of my recent indoor rental transformation projects, and I thought that it would be fun to work with them on an outdoor project. This is the next area of my rental that I plan to spruce up and turn from bland to grand. My porch is small, so I plan to use items I already own to help with the transformation of this space.
Before and After of Retro Magazine
Before I spray-painted my piece, I prepped my project by sanding it down a little bit because it had some minor rusting due to its age. (You do not need to sand your project down when using this spray paint. A simple wipe down will do just fine.) Then I went to my local Ace Hardware with all three kids in tow and picked up Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover spray paint in Hunter Green. While at Ace, I was addressed by my name and greeted with a smile. It truly warmed my heart. To top it off, they were so nice to my kids. My kids were not misbehaving, but they were kind of excited and a bit loud. But the gentleman checking us out spoke kindly to them and praised them for being joyous, while I, on the other hand, was being the nagging mom that I always am. It was just nice to see someone treat my kids with respect instead of treating them like they are a nuisance. That gesture made me smile and put things in perspective for me. I really enjoy the Ace Hardware atmosphere. It is very family-oriented. I thought I would share that, in the hope that it would brighten someone’s day, or maybe just to put some positivity out there.
Anyhow, I spray-painted this piece like I do all my others. The cool thing about Rust-Oleum 2x spray paint is that it doubles as a paint and primer. Yay!!! They also have a plethora of colors to choose from, along with different sheens, so you can get your desired look. I chose Hunter Green because I thought it would complement my mint and terra cotta planters nicely. My home is painted a muddy grey color, so natural-looking colors look better up against it than bright, vibrant colors. This project was a breeze from start to finish, especially since the paint dries fast. I was able to complete the paint job and add the plants in just a couple of hours. Rust-Oleum 2x works great on wood, craft projects, furniture, and plastics, which is great because not all spray paints (in my experience) adhere to plastic.
Here is the finished product. Isn’t she gorgeous? I used one of those reusable bags that you can put groceries in to house the soil and petunias. I really like the look of this planter, and I hope I inspired you to create something for your garden. The possibilities are endless.