I made this planter for my oldest sister for her birthday. No, thats a lie kinda. I didnt make the planter, I painted it..lol. This actually used to be a small storage bench. The problem was the thing was so small you couldnt fit anything in it! I have had it hanging around in my garage with all the other goodies that I horde for years. I finally decided to slap some paint on it and repurpouse it into a planter.
The paint is crackle paint done with glue and the lettering is no fail sign lettering. I generally stain all of my builds. Paint and I dont get along. So if I can do this, trust me, you can too!
The bench started out like this.
I gave it a quick once over with some stain. It doesnt have to be perfect. You are going to cover it up anyways. Dont bother using pre-stain.
Work in sections. Squirt on some glue. Any white glue will work. Elmers is good. I used Weldbond as its what I had on hand.
Brush the glue on with an old brush. Doesnt have to be fancy. You want medium coverage. Not too thin, but not too thick either.
Brush on your paint directly on top of the glue. Take a hair dryer and start drying your section. You will see the crackles start right away.
Continue on section by section until youre done. Leave it to dry fully for about 4 hours. I always leave things overnight if I can.
FOR THE LETTERS:
Print out your letters, and cut the to size, tape them onto your painted product
Take a ball point pen and trace over your paper letters, press HARD! When you are done pull the paper off and you will have the indents of your letters in your paint.
Take a small paintbrush and fill them in. Thats it! You can seal up your finished product, or give it a bit of distressing first (thats what I did)