Well over a month ago I bought 3 large plastic planters into which to transplant our olive trees.
Naturally I adore this ochre planter from Provence, the color I’m going for.
I decided to paint them yellow ochre.
I began with some Hubbell House Golden Maize which I had on hand.
Almost every nice day since them I’ve given them a coat of spray paint.
Gloss Sun Yellow by Rustoleum was a bit bright.
I started with some cheap cans ($1.50 each at WalMart) of yellow just to get started.
L to R: Gloss Sun Yellow, Gold Rush, Gold Abundance, Outdoor Bright Yellow.
The second color was a gloss Sun Yellow and while the gloss looked great the color was a bit too bright.
The toned-down color on the left.
I mottled the color with a satin (only choice) Outdoor Bright Yellow. That did tone them down a bit.
These polycrylic and oil stain don NOT mix until you add some acrylic paint, then it all smooths out.
Then I mixed up some latex polyurethane, brown oil stain (which didn’t mix), yellow and tan acrylic.
I used an old brush to paint on the concoction of polyurethane, stain and paint.
I gave the planters a drippy coat of this to tone down the color even more.
The light blotch at the foot of the sawhorse is my entire first batch of special mix.
Unfortunately I dipped about one brush worth and then the entire container fell on the ground.
We are getting closer to the color of the Anduze traditional planters in the top photo.
I mixed it again and applied the tinted polyurethane to the planters.
Our hardwood floors are finished with SamSeal urethane.
After this layer dried I found some of the golden oil based polyurethane we used on the new hardwood floors.
I like the casual drippiness — I did that on purpose.
I was again hoping for some drips and that the color might add the honey tone found in real Anduze planters.
Honey in back, green in front.
The planters are painted yellow ochre.
It wasn’t totally successful but a month later I’ve had enough.
Time to transplant.
We’re ready to plant. Oh, Charlie!
Do you start easy projects only to have them turn into an epic?