Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

Do you have faded faux plants, trees or flowers that you can’t use anymore, but they are just too expensive to toss out?  Give them an instant update with spray paint!  Today I want to show you how to refresh your faded, discolored artificial plants with white spray paint, so you can repurpose them for your Fall, Christmas, or Holiday front porch decor.  Win-Win! So, let’s get to it.  Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas. 

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

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Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

I wanted to begin by strolling down memory lane with some before pictures (for you visual learners out there)!

Do you remember our front door reveal with the summer front porch decor from last year?

  • Here is what it used to look like in the picture below (with the artificial green plants), and before we painted our brick white

Before picture.

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

And here is a closeup of the faux plants (trees) so you can see them better.

Before Picture:

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

I have really loved these fake plants and planters because they are the perfect size to accent our front door and entry dimensions.

But these plants have started to fade since they get about 6 hours of direct sunlight/day and face the west – ugh!

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

They started turning a blue-green kind of color, and I knew it was time to take them to the garage. 

  • So they waited patiently for their turn in the “project line” – plan B – that is.
  • And after 3 months or so, these green faux plants moved to the front of the line for their next calling – getting to become painted white faux plants.  LOL!!

Let’s get to it!  Spray Painting Fake Plants White:  Front Porch Ideas.

 


Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

Here are the supplies I used for spray painting the artificial plants and setting them up into the black planters.

Supplies:

For Spray Painting:

  • faded, old (or new) artificial plants
  • 4 cans of blossom white or (heirloom white spray paint)
  • plastic floor covering
  • wooden blocks 
  • *optional –  1 clear spray paint to seal
  • *optional – rubber gloves

For Black Planters:

  • 2 planters
  • 2 plastic bins
  • 4 pavers (or brick pieces)
  • 4 wood remnants (like 1×4’s, etc)
  • foil
  • potting soil
  • plastic cup
  • scissors

I found a great deal for my artificial plants at Michael’s for 50% off, but they no longer carry them – sorry! 

Here are some similar options:

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 


Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

Step #1:  Protect Floor/Ground With Plastic

The first thing you will want to do is put plastic down to protect your driveway, grass, or ground.

I will say that these were VERY tricky to do on the grass.  

So, I would recommend trying to do this project on solid ground or your driveway – where they don’t tip over easily.

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 


Step #2:  Spray Paint Fake Plants Upright

Once you have your ground protected, it’s time to start spraying your fake plants (trees) in the upright position.

Just use a gentle sweeping back and forth type of movement so that the white paint goes on smoothly for this first coat.

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

You will not cover it completely with the spray paint (unless you want it solid white – and that’s ok too). 

This method will give them a more “white-washed” look, where a little of the veins peek through.

Spray both plants.

This step will take one can of spray paint = 1 can so far.

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

Let them dry for about 5-10 minutes.

 


Step #3:  Spray Paint Fake Plants Lying Flat

Now, you will lie your fake plants flat onto your plastic and spray paint them in this position.

Use that same sweeping motion again.

In the picture below, the right one has been sprayed, and the left one has not.

  • I just wanted to show you why it’s best to lie them flat – so you can spray the under side of the fake leaves.

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

In this picture below, the left side has been sprayed twice and right side still just once.

You will use another can of spray paint for this step = 2 cans so far.

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

TIP:  Make sure to lift some of the leaves up while spraying just to make sure they are not “hiding” underneath another leaf….. because they are 😉

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

Let them dry 15-20 minutes.

Here is what they will look like after using 2 cans.

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

Repeat Steps #2/#3 Again

Now, you will simply repeat the same steps again – spraying them upright, spraying them lying down.

  • (And I mean the plants lying down, not you) Haha!!

Make sure to let them dry between each step.

You will use 2 more cans = ~ 3 cans total.

 


Step #4:  Do Touch-ups

Now it’s time to poke around and do some touch-ups on all of the leaves that you missed.

This will be frustrating – sorry!  

Try to get as many spots as you can, but don’t worry too much.

  • As long as it’s not completely “green” in some spots, you won’t notice.

This will take up your last can = 4 cans total.

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

You Are Done!!  

(What about the planters?  Keep reading…)

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 


FOR PLANTERS:

Step #5: Add Plants to Planters

I used plastic buckets from Michael’s and filled them with 2 leftover pavers from our pool decking. 

  • But you could also fill them with board remnants, bricks, rocks, etc.
  • You just need something to weight down your fake plants so they stay put.

Bucket + Pavers:

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

Then add some flat wood pieces on top of your pavers or rocks.

Bucket, Pavers, & wood (1″x 4″s):

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 


Step #6: Add Foil & Soil

Now, it’s time to add foil and potting mix/plant soil to make your faux plants look real.

You will simply cut a large piece of foil that is a little larger than the size of your planter (see picture below).

  1.  Then cut a line in the front middle
  2.  Wrap your foil piece around your fake plant
  3.  Push foil around flat around sides of the planter
  4.  Cut small piece of foil/cover middle gaps with it

Repeat for second planter.

Adding Foil:

I mean, this is SO fancy – right?  LOL 😉

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

Then, it’s time to add soil/potting mix (see picture below).

  1.  Just use a plastic cup to get soil/potting mix from bag
  2.  Pour soil on top of foil and spread out
  3.  Repeat about 5-6 cups to cover all of the foil

Repeat for second planter.

Adding Soil:

Looks like a real plant – right?Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

You are ALL Done!!

Put your planters on your front porch, driveway, around the pool, or wherever you need a little contrast.

 


So, how did they turn out at our house?

Here is how our front porch looks like now, with our exterior brick house makeover, and the artificial plants spray painted white.

Isn’t paint just so awesome? 

Spray Painting Fake Plants White: Front Porch Ideas

 

And it’s NOT completed yet – stay tuned for our Fall Front Porch Ideas:  White + Black (coming soon) or check out Spray Painting a Wreath White:  DIY Wreath Ideas.

Have a Great Week!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

 

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