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Painting Pots & Vents

Hello! Welcome to my fourth week of my first One Room Challenge! This week we’re focusing on greenery, painted pots, and gold accents. But before we dive in, make sure you check out the week 3 progress from all of the other guest participants here and my last three weeks of progress posts here:

Here’s what the room looked like as of last week, week 3:

dining room with white curtains and a rug

It’s really coming together. But it needs some plants. And I’ll be completely honest: I am accumulating too many plants. I suppose I could stop buying them, but they are the best way to decorate.

So today I’m sharing a few paint makeovers that relate to plants. For the first one, I wanted to do something a little bit different: a plant stand! I decided to use the Ikea Satsumas plant stand, one of the new-ish Ikea pieces, in this room because I like its modern look. It’s an affordable option, and like most Ikea products, it’s kind of screaming to be given a personal touch.

I was compensated for this plant stand makeover through the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program, a program I am honored to be a part of! I love DecoArt products, and I LOVE how this plant stand looks in my home! For the dipped legs, I used my absolute favorite DecoArt Americana Decor Metallics color, Antique Bronze.

Here is the plant stand in my mom’s dining room when I first finished it:

painted plant stand with plants

I decided to customize a few pots (different sizes here) to go with the metallic dipped leg plant stand as well. What do you think? The plants are from Ikea as well! The Ikea in College Park has really stepped up its plant game.

crispy wave fern in a white and gold planter

This makeover was really easy, too. To see the entire tutorial, head over to DecoArt project gallery!

So what else am I up to?

(Remember to wear an appropriate mask while working with paints, stains, and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand.)

Organizing and repotting my plants, that’s what. 🙂 And painting some new pots so they’ll look lovely in this space! Here is one I painted using DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black.

gray clay pot
painting a clay pot black

I taped off the lip using Frogtape and painted it using Americana Decor Metallics in Antique Bronze (I told you I loved this color).

painting a clay pot black
painting a clay pot black and gold

While the black only needed one coat, the bronze needed two. Here’s the first coat dry before I re-taped it and painted the second coat.

painting a clay pot black and gold
painting a clay pot black and gold

And the final coat of bronze! How beautiful is this?! This is a fake plant in this one…I have a mixture of real and fake plants in this area. 🙂

clay pot painted black and gold

Here are a few more of the lovelies for the room:

cactus planted in a painted teacup
gorgeous snake plant in a gold pot
large palm in a gold pot

On last week’s post, I also had a reader, Laura, point out how ugly my floor vents were. And she was right. Their light tan color really stuck out like a sore thumb on our dark wood floors, and I couldn’t stop looking at them after she pointed it out! How could I miss that? She recommended these, but there are three in the room, so I opted to just spray paint them to save some cash. I used Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze. What do you think?


empty dining room with white curtains
plain brown floor vents


spray painted floor vents

Such a difference. Thanks, Laura! 🙂

Here’s a recap of the next few weeks:

  • Weeks 1 & 2: Select paint colors and paint walls; replace light figure
  • Week 3: Find and install blinds/shades; find & hang curtains; decide on rug (reuse or buy?)
  • Week 4: Order sliding glass door solar shade; paint plant pots; re-pot plants; plant stand
  • Week 5: DIY art piece and remainder of wall art; re-finish desk top; install solar shade
  • Week 6: Done!

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  1. Grace says:

    What is the the circumference of the individual white dishes on the plant stand? I’m trying to figure out the biggest pot I can get on there.

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      Hey Grace! Sorry for my delayed response. I just measured and it’s about 25 inches. The diameter is 8 inches.

  2. Theresa says:

    I have some antique bronze paint left over from a project. I need to pick up some black & make some planters. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared

  3. Cristina at Ava's Alphabet says:

    Your painted pots turned out awesome! I love how simple and elegant they are. Pinned and sharing. Thanks so much for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party last week. I hope you will join us again starting Sunday at 12 EST.

  4. Carol, The Red Painted Cottage says:

    How did I miss this last week? I love plants in a room and I really love how you transformed your pots! Totally awesome! I can’t wait to see the final reveal, Brittany!

  5. Ruthie says:

    Those bronze and black pots are amazing!! I’m loving this room!

  6. Lindi says:

    I LOVE your taste girl! All of those plants and stands are gorgeous!

  7. BonBon says:

    Love the plants and the pots. Looks wonderful.

  8. Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry says:

    Okay. That plant stand is awesome. I feel like a trip to IKEA needs to happen… and soon. Love what you did with it. And spraying those vent covers. Perfect. I use oil rubbed bronze on everything. Love that color. Everything is looking amazing!

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      I know, I love it! They have a few other plant stands in this line, too. Also, none of the plants have been knocked over by my mountain lion, which was a big concern since they are pretty low to the ground. Fingers crossed.

  9. creativejewishmom/sara says:

    Great job, looks fantastic! I think I may just have to treat myself to one of those Ikea stands as my indoor garden could use a little organizing…..sometimes it looks seriously like a jungle, for better or worse! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

  10. Emy says:

    I love the plant pots! So pretty. Isn’t it amazing how paint can change things? I sprayed my vents recently too. So worth the effort!

  11. Sarah says:

    It’s impossible to stop buying plants. I have wayyyy to many 😉 Love what you did with the pots – the antique bronze is so pretty.

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      Yup, I don’t think I would have even noticed, but I had the paint already and thought why not?! So glad I did!

  12. Tricia @ Suburban B's says:

    Love all the plants – what’s a room without too many?!? And I love your ideas for the pots! I’m trying to find time to work on my plant game for the ORC. Have a little spare time to come help me in Colorado? 😉

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      Girl just hit up an Ikea…their plant section is bringing some a-game lately. At least mine is! Lots of great, reasonably priced finds. I actually got some plants on Amazon recently, too!

  13. Jillian says:

    Plants look beautiful and I love the pots!

  14. Breanna says:

    No room is complete without lots of plant babies! Love all these fun vases!

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      Agree, my husband thinks I’m insane because I call them my babies. And maybe I am..

  15. ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus says:

    Lots of cute progress!!

  16. Colette @ restyle it wright says:

    LOVE that antique bronze! The newly decorated pots look fantastic!

  17. Christine says:

    Love love love all those potted plants and what you did to the pots! So simple and yet what a statement they make!

  18. Ariel says:

    Someone actually pointed-out your floor vents?! Crazy

    I’m digging that plant stand. If only there was a space in my home with the right exposure!

  19. Maria says:

    I am totally n love with the painted gold pots .The green make the pots pop!

  20. Katy {ashadeofteal} says:

    I love the way you painted the pots, it makes the the green pop so much more.

  21. Maggie @ Maggie Overby studios says:

    You have a great window for plants and I love all the gold accents your throwing in. Can’t go wrong with gold.

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      Thanks Maggie! My cats agree…he destroyed one of my painted gold pots last night. I should have known better than to take his window.

  22. Lydia @ Lydi Out Loud says:

    I thought the space looked beautiful last week but isn’t it amazing what some green will bring to a room! The planters look amazing… I love the Americana Decor Metallics paints but haven’t tried this one yet, it’s on my list now! Can’t wait to see the completion!

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      Awww thank you so much! Antique Bronze is my favorite. I need to chill out with it before I go overboard, lol.

  23. Amanda says:

    Oh wow, I love how the plant stand turned out! It looks absolutely fabulous – I might need one myself!!

  24. Tee @ Beauteeful Living says:

    Your plant stands came out so pretty! Love the gold against the black. So elegant. I’m incorporating some plants in our bedroom makeover to give some greenery and bring life into the room. Love how plants do that! Making great progress, Brittany!

  25. cassie bustamante says:

    ooooh i love that ikea plant stand! i need to get to ikea!

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