Every now and then a girl needs to post a DIY project, especially if it’s simple and inexpensive.

If it happens to be the month of September and the project just happens to be fall-themed, even better.

These urns started out as flimsy white plastic containers from a thrift store.  They were $2 each.  I loved the shape and knew I could do something creative with them.

I mixed up a chalk paint mixture of 1/2 cup Sherwin Williams Pussywillow (a gray/taupe color) with 1/2 T unsanded grout and started painting.  Chalk paint sticks to almost anything, including dirty, cheap plastic from a thrift store.  Truly.

Here they are, still damp from the paint.  This picture doesn’t look much different; however, the paint color darkens as it dries.

Once dry, I applied Annie Sloan’s Dark Soft Wax,

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with Miss Mustard Seed’s waxing brush (although you can use any dry paint brush, or even a soft cloth),

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Wax or Paint Brush - LARGE

…paying special attention to the grooves and curves of the urn.  I wiped off the excess wax with a dry cloth.

You can see how the wax darkened the color of the urn to give it a rustic, aged depth that is SO much better than white plastic.

Filled with dried grass, a few pumpkins, and some colorful gourds, these urns make beautiful table centerpieces.

They would also be beautiful filled with ivy plants.

I love things like this that are extremely inexpensive but make a huge impact.

Happy ‘Antiquing Wax’ Fall to you and yours ~

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