If this was your lion...

rachelthepoet(7)August 5, 2012

I picked up this pot today from an antique store! If this was your lion, what colors would you paint him? What techniques would you use (for example, antiquing)? Lion different color than rest of the pot? Discuss! Thanks for helping me brainstorm!

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trashydj

I would paint the pot black and dry bush the lion with gold leaf paint

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 3:59AM
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nonacook(8bFL)

I really like the pot!
I will have to think about the re-painting----

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 10:56AM
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jeannespines

If mine, I would leave 'as is.'

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 12:19PM
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Marlene Kindred

I would either leave "as is" or take trashdj's route. Great pot!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 1:55PM
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socks

I like as is too.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 7:33PM
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laurastheme(8)

I like the black pot idea, but I think I would dry brush the lion copper.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 10:24PM
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sorie6(6b ok.)

I'd leave it as is!!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 2:17PM
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threekittens_ia

I also think its great just as it is.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 7:27PM
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tehuti

I would like to see an additional view.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 3:03AM
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Janet Myers

I would leave it alone. It looks great now!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 2:27PM
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rachelthepoet(7)

I appreciate everyone's input!!! I'm glad everyone appreciates my lion pot's greatness, but I think a coat of paint will really help it pop! I think I've decided on the colors I want to use (but nothing's 100% set yet, so you can keep the ideas coming!). Hopefully I'll be able to pick up paint this weekend. I don't want to reveal my plan yet--thought the surprise would be fun!

r_murray: I'm not sure if these are what you wanted, but here are three additional views of the pot.

Side 1

Side 2

Inside

(the little crack at the drainage hole is tiny and doesn't go through to the bottom).

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 4:20PM
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tehuti

Thanks for posting the additional pics. I guess it's a matter of focus. If you subdue the finish some might say, "What a great (plant name) and it's in the perfect pot."
If you are bold and make the finish equally bold perhaps people will not even see the plant.
I would seal the entire pot if it is not a fired ceramic finish, then try several color combinations (I like orange and brown as a start).

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 2:15PM
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rachelthepoet(7)

I decided on a gold lion with white teeth and a red pot. My DH gets the credit for the painting. We also painted a saucer the matching red.

Thanks for all your input. I'm so happy with how it turned out. It looks like solid gold! But now....what to plant in it!? The decisions never stop!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 5:43PM
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jeannespines

Great project & happy you like the results! & great that DH helped you out. TFS the finished project. Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 11:47PM
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sunnyca_gw

He is sure beautiful now, Must belong to a king with that glorious mane! Show us what you plant in it. Jan

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 1:36AM
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laurastheme(8)

He's gorgeous!!

Here is a link that might be useful: My Blog

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 2:34AM
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spedigrees z4VT

I was one who would have said 'leave it as it was,' but I do like the finished paint job. Metallic gold would have definitely been my choice of color, if one was to be added, for this royal-looking beast, and I love red! Be sure to post some pictures when it is home to a plant in the garden. This was a great find!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 1:35PM
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rachelthepoet(7)

I saw this little Victory rose on sale at the grocery store this morning, and I knew it would be the perfect fit for my lion pot. I've never had a rose before, so I'm excited about my first. The red flowers aren't a perfect match for the red pot, but I think they go well together. The rose already looks happy that it's out of a 4 inch plastic pot, and it's spreading out!

I can't believe that my lion went from "junk" to our dining room table centerpiece! Glad I've been able to share this with all of you.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 1:20PM
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spedigrees z4VT

Those roses look splendid in your lion planter! They are the perfect fit!

I love those mini roses and I have a number of them planted outdoors. They actually winter over a few seasons here in zone 4 or 3.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 4:51PM
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sunnyca_gw

Lovely finishing touch! Main thing is don't overwater your rose. I've killed a lot of them by "drowning" before I realized what I was doing wrong!! A little rose food 4 times a year & about 1 tsp of Epsom salts in spring only should do it. Jan

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 11:56PM
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Marlene Kindred

WOW! Your lion pot turned out beautifully and the mini rose looks great in it! Thanks for sharing the update! Great job both of you.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 4:22PM
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