Outdoor Cement Planter {Cement Urn}

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This poor planter was on it’s last leg…well actually it was decapitated from it’s bottom completely and kicked to the curb. 
No worries. I still grabbed it and that b*tch (oops sorry I usually don’t have a potty mouth) that baby was heavy!  After my backbreaking trip I was sure to soak in a hot bubble bath.

Did you happen to notice it still had soil and plants in it?
Here it is after one week at my home:
Anyways, this was made of cement and have you priced cement planters?  I have and they are not cheap.  Here are some that I found at the Orange Store and guess what, these are just the faux resin ones, not the cement prices! 
$49.95 (not cement)
Although it wouldn’t bother me to have a faux planter, I love the idea of the cement ones.  I moved on down a few rows to the paint section and found some stone spray.  I have never used this before and thought it would be fun to give it a try. 
I chose the darker stone color. 
Rust-oleum American Accents Stone
$8.98 per can
Here is the planter before I painted it.  It props up perfectly in the corner of my fence and garage so now it looks all in tact.
Plants growing well at three weeks:
It only took one can of paint to cover it and I love the results!
Looks new again and for $8.98 you can’t beat that!
Even the plants are happy, still growing strong at 5 weeks with some new
colorful flower friends.
Finally this week at 6 weeks since I found my new treasure, the weekend of our big luau party, 
sitting pretty next to the iron bench I found (along with 5 others) HERE
Looking good! 
I am very pleased. 
The plants in the planter are: 
Bouganvilla (cannot wait to see the blooms!)
The two others are unknown.  
Please help me to figure out the other plant names! I have no idea!
I would love to hear from you.
P.S.  Remember these other planters I found and painted Red? ( I wrote about it HERE)  I still love the red but maybe eventually I will paint them in stone as well. 
Don’t forget to comment about the plants – I’m curious!
TDC Before and After



  1. Four Marrs and One Venus

    WOW! Amazing what 8 bucks can do…and a freebie! I love it, those plants are so happy being at your home 🙂 Awesome Grab/Find and Paint job!!

  2. Helen’s Decor

    Hey Tami, I have no clue what the plants are, except the ones you know already. It surely would make me sick if I had kicked that planter out and found it all lovely by your garage. I need to use the stone paint..I bought eons ago. Drop by when you get a chance. Helen

  3. It’s All Connected

    You are an angel of rescue once again! It looks wonderful! ~ Maureen

  4. chillin with Quillin

    it looks awesome, have no clue on the plants, not very good at growing them, I have a brown thumb,lol. love your finds and how you update them!!!!

  5. Anonymous

    Can't see the pic very well but from where I'm standing…looks like the left plant may be a seedum type plant and the one on the right may be a small leaf ivy…?

    Super *jealous* of your cool pot! I love urns!! Love that stone paint also, it can cover a lot of flaws. Try some E6000 for the broken pot stem, I've used it on cement before with good results!

  6. Maureen


    Bougainvillea is a very interesting plant. I learned about it in college on a J-Term class to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The flowers are white and the leaves nearby turn color. I wonder what color these leaves will become. You have the best luck on your finds. Wish I did. 🙁


  7. Katie Goldsworthy

    I love it! Look perfect next to your bench! Isn't saving free stuff fun! You are such an inspiration to me because I love using free things and every time I see your awesome projects, I think, "I need to check by more dumpsters!" lol!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jeanne

    Why oh why do I keep forgetting to troll the streets on trash night???? I know these things are out there! I love where you placed it and how you painted it. You rock!

  9. Dewdrop Gardens

    You did a fantastic job on this planter! Looks wonderful!!
    The one plant looks like Sedum Angelina and the other one, not sure but it looks like a Verbena too. Unless I'm looking at the wrong one. 🙂

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