This Beach Themed Centerpiece blends three beautiful colors from Dixie Belle’s new Terra Clay Paint line to make a beautiful coastal planter.
This planter is the last of the three pots my mother-in-law gave me to get a makeover.
The rustic wood pot was the perfect choice to try out these new water-based paints.
I am partnering with the Dixie Belle Paint Company for this post. Paint and supplies were generously provided to me by Dixie Belle, but all ideas and creations are my own.
Don’t these colors just remind you of ocean and sky?
One of my favorite things about my Dixie Belle Paints is that they let me give new life to old things around my house, or thrift store finds.
Take this old wooden planter, for example. It was nothing special to begin with, but with just a little bit of paint, and a little bit of time, I turned it into a gorgeous beach themed centerpiece that adds a fun coastal vibe to my home decor.
How to Make a Beach Themed Centerpiece
The new Terra Clay paint is water-based and has no rules, which makes it so much fun to play around with!
I began by using my misting bottle to add a little water to one side of the wood planter so the paint would be a bit translucent and easy to move around.
I was hoping for sort of an hombre effect, so I started with the darkest color, Blue Moon, and began at the bottom of the pot, lighting dragging my brush through the water, up toward the top of the pot and then lifting.
While the dark blue was still wet, I dipped my brush in the Cerelean Blue and drug it both down into the Blue Moon color and up onto the bare wood.
If I wasn’t getting the blend I wanted, I misted on a little more water, to thin the paint and help it move around more.
Finally, I did the same thing with the Prairie Dawn color at the top of the pot.
I repeated this process on all four sides, adding a bit more paint here and there where I wanted it, continually misting on more water to thin the paint.
You guys, this Terra Clay paint is so much fun! I love how my pot has an artistic water-color effect to it. It definitely has the beachy look I was going for!
Like a piece of art, no two sides of the pot are exactly the same!
Tip: If your Terra project is going to be anywhere near moisture, you’ll want to seal it for sure (like if you’ll be putting a live plant in the pot that would require watering or using your planter outside) because the Terra Clay paint is reactivated with water, and you wouldn’t want it to run or streak.
Add Faux Sea Grass to your Terra Clay Painted Pot
I picked up 5 sprigs of faux grass, and a square styrofoam block at The Dollar Tree to fill my beachy planter with “sea grass”.
Also, at The Dollar Tree, I found this package of nautical embellishments. I decided to also experiment with Dixie Belle’s Patina Paint and Spray to add some “age” to one of the anchors and make it look like it had weathered and spent years at the sea.
I like doing small test projects like this with new materials.
I have a bigger project in mind for the Patina Paint and Spray, but wanted to practice on something that could be disposable if needed and learn the technique before I used it on my larger project.
This inexpensive wooden anchor was the perfect trial. One side definitely turned out better than the other, so now I know what to do to get the perfect look on my larger project later.
Didn’t this anchor turn out so cool? It doesn’t even look wood anymore, but definitely like an old iron anchor that has aged and corroded. And it was as easy as painting it with the Bronze Patina Paint, spritzing on some Patina Spray and then letting it work its magic!
I tied the included twine onto the anchor and attached it to the inside of the pot with a thumbtack.
Then, I used blue glass stones (also from The Dollar Tree) to cover up the styrofoam.
Isn’t it a great complement to the table vignette I made for displaying sea shells from vacation?
One of the great things about having paints and supplies on hand is that you can take inexpensive items from a thrift store, dollar store, or even things from your own home that you’ve grown tired of, and give them an entirely new, custom look.
Watch for the new Dixie Belle Terra Clay paint at a retailer near you, or soon to be available on their website.
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