The Orchid Flower Pot

You know I love hanging around flea markets… there are treasures waiting to be seen and rescued. That is exactly what happened with this flower pot, as soon as I spotted it I thought, baby you’re coming home with me.

Imagine my family faces when they saw me with this

Rusty flower pot makeover using napkin and paint, plus a stencil on top | Via

I know, it was really ugh but it had potential!

It sat for almost a year waiting for the inspiration, until one day I received a present from Marycruz, a friend of mine. There were lots of pretty things and one of them was a lovely napkin. It was green with a beautiful white orchid, which is one of my favorite flowers. And I knew it, it would fit on my flower pot!

The first thing was to clean it. It had rust in most places and I didn’t want to get it again, so I used my white DIY chalk paint for a first layer, then I varnish it to avoid getting more rust and another layer of paint.

Sorry I don’t have pictures of the process but I did it some time ago and didn’t remember to take some of the process.

Once it dried, I took the napkin and removed the two white layers. I keep them, you’ll see soon what for 😉 I teared the printed napkin to fit, instead of cutting it because this makes it integrates best and hardly notice the borders.

I watered down some white glue and brushed it to one side. Then I placed the napkin and with a plastic bag smooth the surface to remove air bubbles.

I did the same on all sides and waited to dry. On the meanwhile, I started (I should say “we” because the girls are always involved in painting) playing with some paint to try to achieve the same color or the napkin, it’s so fun!! I don’t remember which colors I mixed to get it, but I do recommend you to experiment.

When it was all painted I felt it was missing something, and I decided to stencil the words “Le Jardin”. I used my Cameo, but you can use also a blade. If you want the text you can download it from here.

Rusty flower pot makeover using napkin and paint, plus a stencil on top | Via

I protected it with two layers of varnish and it was done.

Rusty flower pot makeover using napkin and paint, plus a stencil on top | Via

I have to tell you that I love it! A new flower pot rescued from trash!

Rusty flower pot makeover using napkin and paint, plus a stencil on top | Via

I hope you like it too as much as I do! If you liked this post maybe you want to check some others projects.

Enjoy your week!



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  1. Keri says:

    Pili, this flower pot looks beautiful!! I’m glad you rescued it!! I’m going to be collecting napkins now. :)Love this!!

  2. CoCo says:

    Pili, this doesn’t even look like the same flower pot! I love the way you upcycled it and gave it a fresh feel. It’s beautiful. I hope you have a happy day, CoCo

    • Pili says:

      Hi, CoCo! I know, it doesn’t seem the same but it is! Love working on this challenging projects!
      Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my crazy corner 😉

    • Pili says:

      Maybe someone took it from the garbage can and sold it at the flea market lol. But I really don’t mind, the worst they are the more I like them… call me odd.

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Katrin! In fact, I sold it to a German lady who felt in love with it so I don’t know if she has plants in it. If I had kept it I would have probably placed a pot inside to avoid any damage.

  3. Karren Haller says:

    Pili, you have an eye for potential of a project to be made. This one turned out beautiful, if I had not seen the before, I would never have imagined the outcome. Just Fab!!

    Thanks for sharing on our #OMHGWW, I appreciate your stopping by each week!

    Happy New Year!!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Karren! Sometimes it takes time to me seeing how I can transform a piece of furniture or other stuff, and it was the case of this one. But I agree, I love how it turned out finally.
      Thank you so much for visiting!

    • Pili says:

      Leanne, my house is full of repurposed stuff! I even sell it because I can’t keep everything for myself, I would need a castle! And this is what I did with it, the woman who bought it felt in love with it.

  4. Erica says:

    Wow! That is beautiful. Sometimes i wish I had the time to sit down and do things like this. Someday my tiny person will be grown and i will have time to make things pretty like you did.

    • Pili says:

      Thank you so much, Erica! I think there is a perfect time for everything, and maybe your time for DIY has not come yet.
      Glad having you around here!

  5. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Pili, I cannot believe that these 2 pots are the same one! I love the shape, but it was looking really rough. The color of the facelift reminds me of the aging color that copper gets, a patina of sorts. I love the napkin that you have placed on the front, it’s just gorgeous. You have a great eye for completely changing a piece, this is a treasure!

    • Pili says:

      You’re right Nikki, it reminds me of the patina too, I really love that color.
      When I spotted it at the flea market I bought it for its shape, I knew I could do something to make it looks much better and I am really pleased with the result.
      Thank you for visiting, love to have you here

    • Pili says:

      Indah, the napkin was really beautiful, so I just needed to get that color too.
      Thank you so much for your comments, I really appreciate them!

  6. Laurie says:

    Amazing transformation! Turned out beautifully. I can just imagine the looks on your families faces when you bought that home 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Pili says:

      You’re right, Laurie, you can’t imagine their faces lol. But they were really pleased with the after 😉
      Happy weekend!

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