One thing I like to do is try to spot new trends. I just love seeing what’s fresh and try to implement it in my house! like a few months ago, I spotted a picture of pink palm trees! Maybe that’s something I could do? I thought. This look could be cute in lots of colors, but I am seeing it mostly in pink or white with any tropical plants. Here’s how to DIY spray painted palm trees.
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Although I’ve been seeing this look as a trendy accent, I’ve also noticed lots of coastal houses with vintage white palm trees. I LOVE this look! Mostly, I appreciate that what was once popular is coming back again. Here’s the mood board I made for my living room in December-
See that first photo with the white palm tree?! So cute!
For this project, I really wanted to thrift a palm tree to paint. But after trying at least 10 stores and coming up empty handed, I got impatient and ordered some faux plants off Amazon. Of course, the day they shipped, I spotted one at a thrift store! I didn’t get it (how many palm trees does one girl need? I wondered), but I regret it. There’s no such thing as too many plants!
Also, last note before I start the tutorial, I’ve been hesitant to bring live plants in this house. I had a beautiful collection in my Logan home and when we moved, I sold them all and it was pretty sad. We’re planning on spending the summer in Utah and I don’t want to have to get rid of plants again. So faux plants for now!
- Palm Tree
- Monstera Leaves
- Stops Rust Universal Bonding Primer Spray (I used 3 bottles). Stops Rust Universal Bonding Primer Spray
- 2X Ultra Cover Ultra Matte Spray Paint in Rustic Pink (I used 3 bottles)
- Basket is thrifted ($1.99!)
Start by bringing your supplies outside and putting down a drop cloth or cardboard boxes. With the tree, I made sure to fluff it so I could have as few overlapping leaves as possible. The goal is to be able to spray paint each leaf without having to move them around much.
Next, it’s time to simply start priming! Make sure to shake the can vigorously after mixing ball begins to rattle. Apply 2 or more light coats a few minutes apart. I did three thin coats. I used Rust-Oleum’s Stops Rust Universal Bonding Primer and this primer helps bond the paint to hard to paint surfaces like faux plants.
And now, for the fun part! Color!
For this project, I wanted to use Rust-Oleum’s new Rustic Pink. It’s one of their Color Watch colors this year (one of 9 gorgeous colors)! Every year Rust-Oleum visits trade shows, reviews fashion and home decor trends to hand pick new colors that are fresh and exciting. I love that they stay on top of trends. They have good colors which is super important to me.
I still see pink being popular in home decor, but the color I am currently noticing the most is more coral- it incorporates a bit more orange. The tint of a peachy color really warms things up and makes it more gender neutral. I’ve been seeing this color in pillows, drapes, and art and I love it!
Adding the first bit of spray paint was so fun! I love this color and seeing my vision come together was great! For the paint, I ended up doing 3 thin coats to try and get full coverage. The leaves moved a bit when spraying so I had to be careful to get each branch. This look is all about a uniform color and the paint did a great job at covering all the original green foliage up!
Here are my spray painted tropical plants in all their glory! Isn’t that rustic pink color on the trees so pretty?! I’ll be honest, I put these in and couldn’t stop singing the words to the Tiki Room song (🎶 In the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room 🎶). Layering on fun accessories really makes a room! And this coastal perfection!
I tried the plants on both sides of the sofa and ended up preferring them over here. Personally, I love the texture these bring to the space. Having the plants all pink makes them feel like art. They’re really fun!
I’d love to hear what you think! Is this a look you’d try in your house? If so, what color would you do? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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