UPCYCLE: Painting A Wooden Planter


A wooden planter is a great way of creating a bed to grow plants and vegetables in, especially in smaller gardens.

Your wooden planter can be built to fit any area of your garden and is made using scrap timber.

You can view our blog on how to build a planter here.

Now that you’ve built your wooden planter, you’ll be wanting to paint it.

Follow our quick and easy steps below and paint your very own wooden planter.

We’ve also created a short video for you to follow.


You will need:

• A wooden planter

• Sandpaper

• Paint brushes (we recommend using different sized brushes for different areas, we used a 4 inch and 1 inch Harris Taskmasters brush)

• Paint (we recommend Ronseal Garden Paint in a colour of your choice, we used White Ash)

• Brush cleaner (we recommend Ever Build Brush Cleaner)

• Time


You may also need:

Elastic band

Paint kettle/tray

Tack cloth


Step 1

Now that you have built your wooden planter, you will need to sand down the edges to ensure a smooth surface with no blemishes. When sanding down wood, use an 80-120 medium-grit sandpaper to smooth out imperfections.  Then sand down again using a 150-180 fine-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish. Don’t forget to wipe the planter with a tack cloth to remove any dust.

Step 2

Now that your wooden planter has a smooth surface area you are now ready to choose your paint! We used Ronseal Garden Paint in White Ash for a modern finish but you can choose your favourite colour! You may also want to consider using a primer to protect the wood but Ronseal Garden Paint is rainproof in just 1 hour, resists from cracking and peeling and waterproof!

Step 3

Mix the paint thoroughly before use, this will prevent the oils and pigments from separating, resulting in an even coverage and a smoother finish. Dip the tip of your paintbrush about 2 inches into the paint, allowing the excess to drip off. Brush the paint onto the wood with the angled edge of the brush, pausing to reapply paint to your brush when strokes become faint. Top tip – use an elastic band around the can to allow excess paint to drip off brush.

Step 4

Once the entire planter has been painted leave to dry completely for 24 – 48 hours.

Step 5 (optional)

Once the planter is completely dry, you may wish to apply a second coat of paint. If so repeat step 3 & 4.