How to Paint a Faux Zinc Planter

This stylish zinc planter looks haute but stays cool in the sun. And no one will ever know it’s faux.

Final Shot Of Planter, Beauty, In Scene

Faux Zinc Planter

Final Shot Of Planter, Beauty, In Scene

Photo by: Johnson Giles, Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles, Loch & Key Productions

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Tools and Materials

  • wooden planter with drainage holes
  • sand paper
  • thin and wide paint brushes
  • hammered black exterior spray paint
  • black, gray, silver and white acrylic paint
  • metallic lustre wax
  • brown, gold and orange acrylic paint
  • cheesecloth for wiping
Using Sand Paper To Smooth Wooden Planter

Faux Zinc Planter, Step 4.3

Using Sand Paper To Smooth Wooden Planter

Photo by: Johnson Giles, Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles, Loch & Key Productions

Sand a wooden planter until smooth.

Paint the planter black and let dry. Using a dry brush, apply gray and black paint in a random horizontal pattern. Then dot, or stipple, white and silver paint in a random pattern over the gray and black, and wipe lightly to blend.

Planter Looking Like Metal

Faux Zinc Planter

Planter Looking Like Metal

Photo by: Johnson Giles, Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles, Loch & Key Productions

Continue brushing, stippling and wiping silver and white paint until you get a faux metal look you like. Let dry between coats. Apply metallic lustre wax for an even more authentic metal look.

Use a mix of brown, orange and gold paint to mimic rust around nails and the top and sides of the planter. Let dry.

Plant your faux zinc container and proudly display.

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