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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Spray Paint Your Dead Plants To Give Them Life!

Here's one of the ideas I have!!!! Can you believe it?

In our front yard, we have this plant that gets leaves and these bloomy-tiny flowery things in the spring and through the summer. (I think the plant is called Sedum.) When fall comes, the leaves fall off and the bloomy things turn an ugly brown. The other day, I thought I should turn them a pretty color to cheer up the long, cold winter we have in Northern Utah. Notice the frost on the dead plant. It hasn't been above freezing for a few days now:(

I got out the cheap red spray paint we had on hand (I'd bought it at the dollar store a while back) and decided to go to work. With newspapers behind the blossoms to prevent the paint from going on the house, I went to work!!!

Here's the first coat of paint! Looks so much better than the dead, frosted rose bush!

After the second spray, the plant looks like it has red blossoms instead of brown! So much happier than drab and dead! Why did I wait until the end of January to do this?

Here is a picture turned sideways. I don't know why blogger did this!!! Notice the pop of red!!! I think this would look beautiful in pink or yellow or purple too!

Do you have any type of plants that you can spray paint this winter?

Linking to Outdoor Wednesday.



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64 comments:

  1. OMG, I LOVE this idea!!! So something I will do. It's one of those "why didn't I think of that!" moments. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love it! If mine weren't covered in SNOW - I'd go out there and try it right now!

    ~stevie
    http://thriftingthedayaway.blogspot.com/

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  3. Repeat after me. "My name is a Michelle and I have found the most unusual things to spray paint. It feeds my addiction." :)

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  4. Haha..that is hilarious. Mine are covered in snow right now. The plant is called a sedum..stonecrop autumn joy probably.
    tammy

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  5. This is such a fun idea! Now if I hadn't finally gotten around to cutting all of my icky dead plants off last week.

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  6. That is funny! My hubby would have me committed if I was out spray painting dead plants!

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  7. spray paint rules!!! What a great idea, to apply the spray to some outdoor plants.

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  8. What a great idea. I love sedum and this makes them more of a four season plant.
    Kathy

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  9. Super cool idea! I'm probably to cheap to "waste" spray paint on something that will only last a couple of months, but it looks great! Good for you, anything to make our surroundings beautiful, right? :)

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  10. ok, spray painting your dead flowers is a riot! We've gotten out of hand with the spray paint. Step away from the can. :) Your neighbors must think you're crazy!

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  11. LOL!!! What an absolute HOOT!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

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  12. This made me laugh so hard yet I am in awe of it's brilliance. But I would so choose to do this in the dead of night.

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  13. (sorry for typos and the deleted post that ensued)

    Your title made me nervous, but your idea turned out great! Smart thinking!

    Love your blog! I find that my list of ideas is growing faster than I can keep up with it... Adding you to my blog roll!

    -Ann Marie

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  14. hahaha, I would have figured that out eventually !

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  15. this is hilarious! I did this to my fake topiary before that faded, but never a real plant.hmmmmm maybe i should do this too.. mishelle

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  16. Okay, this is a first for me! My husband and I had a good laugh over this...the comments are hilarious. He has gone to the garage to hide all the spray paint from me.

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  17. Love the comments, too funny ppl! When I lived in florida, the lawn guy would spray paint the the brown spots in the grass, green. Turned out it was a common practice. ha!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  18. that is so funny! but it does look happier now! :)

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  19. Now that is too funny, but actually it really added personality back to that plant. The sedum is probably saying, "it's about time". Ha ha.

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  20. OMG, this had me rolling on the floor. Is your brown grass painted green too?

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  21. What a great idea! As a fellow Utahan, I could use some color outside, I'm sooo going to do this! My husband will think I'm nuts, because I've been doing a lot of spray painting lately! LOL! Stop by and visit me sometime!
    http://songberries.blogspot.com and see my guest post at-
    http://www.oneshetwoshe.com/2010/01/little-of-this-and-some-of-that-she.html

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  22. This just proves that bloggers will spraypaint anything! I would have just cut them down, but you made them beautiful, great idea!

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  23. I love this idea, I wish that I had some flowers to spray paint! Thanks for linking to Motivate me Monday, could you please put to a link to the blog thanks!
    www.craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com
    Kaysi

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  24. When I was growing up there was a man in the neighborhood that spray painted his dead grass green. You know we talked behind his back don't you?!! The fumes are gettin to ya!

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  25. This is brilliant!! You should send it to a magazine...a garden magazine!! ;-)

    Happy MM!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  26. How funny! I would have never thought to do that!

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  27. Okay am I the ONLY one who would forget to protect the house and wind up with a reverse image on the wall? LOL

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  28. Hilarious, but such a great way to add some spring-time cheer to the middle of winter! Great idea!

    Blessings, Grace

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  29. That's the darndest thing I've ever seen but it sure worked! Looks good!!!!

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  30. I haven't tried Touch n Tone yet. But I have used DesignMaster. Think Michael's still carries it. Years ago (30) when I was a florist, we didn't always get the colors we ordered so we'd break out the DesignMaster and spray away.
    Glad you shared it for winter. Great idea!

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  31. Seriously???? I almost spit my coffee out my nose when I read this. LOL! What a great idea. You could even bring them in and put them in a vase! My neighbors might really think I'm crazy if I'm painting a garden using my dead plants. I don't have any to paint :-( Do you think I could paint snow to look like flowers???

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  32. I am loving all the funny comments on this one! I am laughing at all your reactions!!! I am crazy and my neighbors know it. They expect stunts like this from me:)

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  33. Well I 'll be darned! You really can use spray paint for everything! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Yes! I saw a post once where another gal sprayed her dried hydrangeas. They looked good just like yours. That's funny that yours are outside!! Your neighbors will be trying to figure what kind of flowers those are you have blooming in the dead of winter! lol
    Thanks for the inspiration and the smile.

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  35. Although your dead plant looks very nice, I'm still hoping my poor plants will survive. We don't usually get a freeze, but we did this year and my plants were in pots. I could have put them in the garage, but I didn't because I assumed it wouldn't get that cold. It never had before. Now they all look sick, but when I scrape the stems they're still green so I'm hopeful. I guess when spring comes I can spray paint them if they don't start getting new growth. :)

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  36. Now that is the most interesting tip I've seen in a long time...

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  37. This cracks me up, but it's really a great idea! You might give your green-thumb neighbor a heart-attack though.

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  38. Wow. That takers spray painting addiction to a whole new level!

    Hmmm...I should do my grass this summer!

    :)

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  39. Genius idea! They look pretty enough to be brought inside and put in a vase.

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  40. This is a great idea...now I just have to find my plants under about 2 feet of snow! maybe I will do it in the fall! : )

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  41. That is stinkin' hilarious! My plants had better be on the look-out!

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  42. That is hilarious...and I would've never thought of it. But it works!!!! Way cool. So very creative! Thanks for sharing today. Thank you also for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
    ~Hugs~
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  43. Never in a million years would I have thought of doing this... Love it...

    thanks again for joing "Get your craft on Thurs."

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  44. This is a great idea...I should have saved all the houseplants I've killed over the years and could have tried it on them! I have a "black" thumb when it comes to plants but maybe now i can change that to a red one.

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  45. This is hilarious! I am totally going to do that. It's better than the fake plants that have faded that you see in people's window boxes. LOL! Thanks, very clever. Lisa~ www.livingmybestlifeii-lisa.blogspot.com

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  46. Wow! Who would've guessed? Great idea!

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  47. I just had to laugh when I read this post. I just did the same thing to a 'dead' arborvitae evergreen bush in my yard. I had one on each side of the garage door & one just died. Have looked everywhere in town for another one to plant, but none of the nurseries have them (not even WalMart or Home Depot. Since I walk around with a can of spray paint in my hand most of the time anyway... :), I just got out the hunter green paint and now it looks like it's alive & healthy! (for awhile anyway). Sue in FL

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  48. Oh my word! That is too funny, but also very creative!

    ~ Tracy

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  49. Congratulations, I believe Martha Stewart is saying "I wish I were like Michelle!"

    LOL this is so cute. What a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

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  50. Wow, now that is creative! It looks great and it actually looks really natural!

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  51. What a funny idea. I like the red but I like the natural too.
    Mama Bear

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  52. What a great idea. So glad you shared as I have a lot of dead plants. I would probably need a case of paint. Yours turned out so good.

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  53. I do the same thing with my hydrangeas every fall - The red blossoms look so nice against the snow for Christmas and Valentines day. I'll have to remember to leave some sedums up next year as I usually cut them down.

    Yours look great!

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  54. I like the red but I like the natural too.That is soooo funny!!

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  55. too good and simple! yet, one small dumb query... won't the plants die because of the chemicals in the paint?

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  56. cool! I like it This very useful an informative. Thanks for sharing these lovely information.

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