We found this urn at Sam’s Club around 2006 for a pretty decent price. I knew from the very start I was going to make it into an Urn-Table! It was the perfect size and height!
It’s fared pretty well through the years, only needing a bit of attention here and there. But in 2011 I emptied the whole urn to clean it thoroughly—
and SEALED THE INSIDE, using black Plasti-Dip.
Yes, this was a tough winter, but -WoW!- the urn looked rough! So now I need to work on some fixes for its outside.
A little PLASTI- SURGERY of sorts!
Mom used a scrub brush and cleaned away all the loose surface stuff, then I used 2 cans of white Plasti-Dip and sprayed the heck out of the outside trying to seal it up from any further disintegration!
And then I PLAYED!
Have you ever “painted” with DIRT?
Okay, first know that this is VERY messy! So make sure you think about where you’re going to do this and lay out some tarp. And make sure to have a GOOD/large amount of dirt/potting soil right there for this project.
Last time I started with a “sand” colored foundation and used an off-white top color—ending up with a lighter shade of “brown,” which you can see in the very top pictures. I later dry brushed it just a bit darker.
THIS TIME I decided to start with the white and use a beige…
add some DIRT to the process and you get some varied effects!
1-Work in (small’ish) sections, top to bottom, or, like ALL of the top edge…
2-Don’t worry about painting nice and neat, just get it on there. It’s even better when it’s gloppy in some areas and thin in others.
3-WHILE THE PAINT IS WET, take a hand full of dirt and rub it/mix it into the paint. I like to use a chip brush to smudge it in better to some of the crevices. I’ll leave the pictures all large so you can better see what happens!
This is the kind of mess you’ll end up with…
you can see some of the color variations already.
This is where I like to move to the grass.
When you move your piece it will be sort of dry, sort of tacky’ish. You can also let it totally dry if you want to–the paint is just more pitted when the dirt does wash away. I’ve done both, and it doesn’t matter too much–I’m usually just eager to keep things going.
I like to use a soft shower of water to hose down the “dirty” project! And I like to use that chip brush here too as I’m cleaning away the dirt! It gives me a chance to lighten some areas if I don’t quite like how it’s looking.
You can see the many variations of color from just WHITE and BEIGE and how dirt can manipulate it!
I’ll probably smudge a little Pecan Gel Stain in areas for a little more color depth. And, BTW–this technique looks really good using greens and yellows too!
I hope you’ll try this—it really is a lot of fUn!
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