I was visiting my friend the other day and noticed an old cottage screen door sitting by the side of her house. I said, “Whatcha gonna do with that?” and she said “Don’t know, doesn’t fit our doorway.” and I said “It’s really cool, can I do something with it for you?” and she said, “Go for it.” So I decided to turn it into an architectural planter rack for some herb containers.
I also made her some cute paint can planters too – I snapped a few pics of the door turned planter rack in my yard, but it’s headed back to her house where her hub will attach it to the side of their house. But I have to say, I’m totally smitten with this door, the pale blue paint is all chipped and crackled and old and awesome and the arched panes on top had me at hello. I will miss it when it goes so I’ll have to visit my friend as an excuse to stare at the transformed screen door that I love so much.
For the rosemary, basil, spearmint, cilantro and dill, I made these paint can planters with the same technique I used three years ago for these gallon size paint can planters.
Here’s a recap: First start with plain gallon or quart size paint cans from your local paint department (these are from Home Depot).
Determine your base color. I wanted white so I used primer which is fine, but you could also use white spray paint. These are turned upside down to prevent any paint getting inside.
Use painter’s tape to mask off the future white stripes, spray paint with another color – I found an older can of Slate Blue in my stash so I used that.
Once those stripes were dry, I added the middle stripe, using painter’s tape to cover the rest – this color was RustOleum’s Aqua, also from my stash.
Peel your tape carefully – if you’re left with any imperfections, you can fix them with a craft paint brush dipped into a small amount of paint sprayed into the can’s top.
Be sure to puncture holes in the bottom with a hammer and nail to allow for drainage.
To hang them, I drilled two small pilot holes with a power drill and then attached two 1¼” cup hooks to the underside of the frame.
With a nail and made two holes in the upper part of the can so the hooks would suspend the planter.
And that’s pretty much it!
I still have my original striped paint can planters. Anyone remember these from back in the day?
You can see the full step by step on these gallon versions that used to be on my fence, now they float around the yard still looking awesome.
And that is the story of how this very cool architectural screen door became so much more… I see similar ones in salvage yards, at flea markets, and even at ReStore – they’re a great way to add a very cool and functional accent to your outdoors.
Note: If you have any wind in your yard, it’s probably best to secure the screen door to the wall to avoid it tipping over or falling down.
This concludes our Spring Fling Link Parties, it’s always a blast partnering with my blog buddies to kick start some creativity. Looking forward to next time ladies!
Linking up to Sarah’s Spring Paint Projects party posting later tonight.