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Bedroom with earthy tones and a geometric feature wall


Today’s specialty paints make it easier than ever to undertake amazing D.I.Y. projects – like this textured planter plinth. Lightweight planters can find new life as stone-look plinths. Simply spread out a drop sheet, grab a brush and get creative.

Stack round or square planters to make a plinth, adding a top cut from MDF, and texturise the finish with a paint additive. The materials here are for a 610mm-high rounded plinth.

Tip: Try using angular plastic pots. Use three if the pots are tall.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, ear muffs and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.


1Cut a top for the plinth

To make a top for the plinth, mark around the rim of a 310mm low bowl planter on the MDF panel. Cut with a jigsaw and smooth around the edges with 180-grit abrasive paper.
 A person uses a jigsaw to cut an MDF panel to shape

2Stack and glue the planters

Beginning with a planter that’s upside down, top and tail four planters to make a stack, applying construction adhesive between the bases and around the rims, pressing them together to hold.

Construction adhesive on the rims of the bases of planters

3Glue on the MDF top

Apply adhesive around the rim of the top planter. Centre the MDF top and press down to secure. Wipe away excess adhesive from all joints with a damp cloth and leave to dry.

An MDF panel secured to a planter top with construction adhesive

4Seal the plinth

Apply flexible gap sealer around the joints between the planters, smoothing it with a caulking tool. Remove the excess with a clean, damp cloth and leave to dry.

Four planters secured together to create a D.I.Y. plinth

5Prime and paint

Apply primer over the plinth with a 50mm paintbrush and leave to dry. Apply a first coat of interior paint with the same brush and leave to dry.

A person paints a D.I.Y. planter plinth in a light green colour

6Apply the textured finish

In a small bucket, combine 500ml interior paint with 20 scoops of paving grip additive, stirring well. Apply two coats with the tip of a chalk brush in a stippled effect, leaving to dry between each coat.

A person uses a chalk brush to create a textured surface on a planter pot

7Keep in mind:

  • When painting, always use a drop sheet to protect the surrounding area from spills or overspray, and always paint in a well-ventilated area or outside.
  • Projects are for indoor use only.
  • Plinths are intended for decorative purposes only and are not to be used as seating.

Timbers may vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.

8Want more D.I.Y. project inspiration?

Visit our D.I.Y. Advice page for a huge variety of handy how-tos, inspiration, expert tips and D.I.Y. guides.


Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Photo Credit: Belinda Merrie. Project, styling and steps photography by Sam van Kan. Styling assistant: Faith Tapsell.

Bedroom with earthy tones and a geometric feature wall
Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.