Buffalo Garden DIY garden art Tip

Projects with paint in gardens

Plants aren't the only way to add color.

Susan Martin, the Home & Style editor of the Buffalo News, wrote a recent piece “Outdoor paint projects: There’s no stopping creative people,” featuring painted projects in gardens, for her readers (including my shed and a mention of my book!). Inspired by that, I collected photos of some unique painted projects I’ve found in gardens over the years.

Painted driftwood in a tomato cage. Found in a Parkside neighborhood garden in Buffalo.

Skills, or no skills, you can do this!

Some of the projects shown are elaborate, like the interior of my garden shed. Hundreds of old fence pickets painted, stained or dry-rubbed with leftover paints – blanketing the walls like wallpaper. I can’t see too many people being dumb enough to do a project like that.

The beauty of her article, and many of the projects shown below, is that some require nominal painting skills (like painting a foam wig stand) – all you need is some paint, a brush and some gumption.

How I approach painting projects

In my own garden, I use the colors from my house – for two reasons. It helps make the garden feel like a planned cohesive, coordinated whole, and, I already had leftover paints from past house paintings (and I am cheap!). For my shed interior, I used paints left over from room renovations done in the house.

A bluesy rattan kitchen shelving unit in an Open Garden in South Buffalo.

Is there something I can find for you?

Whatever it is, I may have it in my 70,000+ photos! Let me know – leave a comment. Here are other garden features I’ve assembled from my photo collection.

Next level painting with skilz. A Sixteenth Street garden on Garden Walk Buffalo.
Painted foam wig stands in a Sixteenth Street garden in Buffalo.
Painted foam wig stands in a Sixteenth Street garden in Buffalo.
A dead tree made art in a Toronto-area garden.
A concrete floor in an alley between two houses in the Johnson Park neighborhood of Buffalo.
A fence and finials inspired by MacKenzie-Childs in East Aurora, NY.
A fence and finials inspired by MacKenzie-Childs in East Aurora, NY.
Mexican children’s chairs in the Austin, Texas garden of Lucinda Hutson.
A Cabbagetown neighborhood shed in Toronto, Canada.
Austins’ Natural Gardener garden store has many displays using painted repurposed objects.
You could just take an indoor painting and put it outdoors – make sure it withstand sun and rain! This was found in a garden on the East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo.
A Brantford Place Garden Walk Buffalo garden of a retired teacher!
Paint up that bench! This was found in a garden on the East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo.
A Trompe l’oeil painting (by my priest!) in an Allentown neighborhood garden on Garden Walk Buffalo.
A common area for three cottage gardens in Buffalo’s Cottage District on on Garden Walk Buffalo.
There’s no secret to where to enter this porch. Found on Ketcham Street on on Garden Walk Buffalo.
A Richmond Avenue garden shed on on Garden Walk Buffalo.
Rain barrels are usually boring. Found on Richmond Avenue on on Garden Walk Buffalo.
Combine wheels and a few hose spigot handles in a garden formerly on on Garden Walk Buffalo.
This fence has a good case of the blues. Found in the Johnson Park neighborhood of on Garden Walk Buffalo.
Bowl and spike mushrooms in a garden in the Snyder CleveHill Garden View in Buffalo.
Picket fence panels between homes in Buffalo’s Cottage District.
A bike repurposed as an art piece and planter in a Parkside neighborhood garden in Buffalo.
Simple plant boxes on the Lockport in Bloom garden tour.
Same garden as above, coordinated chairs, wire ball and dried alliums on the Lockport in Bloom garden tour.
Cinder block garden from the Lockport in Bloom garden tour.
Colorful shutter backdrop for a garden bed on a Delavan Avenue garden on Garden Walk Buffalo.
Picketing the stars and stripes. From the Ken-Ton Garden Tour.
A still life along a garage door on Garden Walk Buffalo.
Take the expected and give it an unexpected color. Found in a Cottage District garden on Garden Walk Buffalo.
Old chairs. New life. Found on Mariner Street on Garden Walk Buffalo.
The birdhouse I made from old pickets and other things I found around the garage, basement, and attic.
Rainbow pattern on panels in a Johnson Park neighborhood in Buffalo.
My shed, painted in the colors found on my house.
A “mosaic” mural of colors on a Kenmore, NY garage wall.
Spray paint and dried alliums. I do this each year to my own, These were found in a garden on Ashland Avenue in Buffalo.
A ladder plants stand in a Richmond Avenue garden on Garden Walk Buffalo.
One of our Open Gardeners let the grand kids have their way with paint and rocks.
The Kreuger Garden on our Open Gardens tour – she hand-paints these mandala plates.
A ladybug mailbox for a tree house for a Garden Walk Buffalo garden on Richmond Avenue.
Trellis art in a Garden Walk Buffalo garden on Richmond Avenue.
Frame the plant and paint the frame! Found in a Garden Walk Buffalo garden on Richmond Avenue.
The painted picket-lined walls of my shed.
The painted picket-lined walls of my shed.

4 comments on “Projects with paint in gardens

  1. Really neat looks!
    Touring azalea and hosta gardens in the DC area, I have no recollection of any painting. Garden sculptures in stone and iron, but unpainted. Likewise, azalea convention tours showed none of that artwork.
    It must be a special “thing” of the Buffalo art and gardening community! Right? Any other cities you know of?

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  2. Pamela mae

    I love everyone of these creations! Such imagination, talent..does ones heart good to see these

    Like

  3. Are you using interior paint or exterior, and what sheen?

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