Patina & Paint

Garden Pole

I found a garden pole that I fell in love with in Austin, TX.

In fact, I found several garden poles that were awesome!  The quality of the artist’s work was outstanding. The poles were beautiful. However, at $200.00 and up, they were out of my budget.

I tried to put them out of my mind, but I kept thinking how great one – or two – would look in my garden. So I decided to price making one for myself.

I found everything I needed at my local home improvement store. The pole itself, was just a 4 X 4 square post. The posts came in various sizes, but I quickly decided that the best way for me to go was an 8 ft long post. They even carried the copper post cap! While I was browsing the fence supplies area, I also found a solar light post cap. So I bought one of those too.

I didn’t want an 8 foot tall post, so I had the good folks at the store cut it down to a 5 ft. pole and 3 ft. pole. And they were kind enough to do it for free!

My total cost for both poles, the copper cap and the solar light cap was just over $25.00.

When it came time to decide what to paint on my garden pole I grabbed a sketch book and drew all of the things that I love.  I drew crowns, birds, flowers, crosses and paisley designs. Once this was done, I grabbed my acrylic paints and went to town.

I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked the copper post top.

Or if I liked the solar light top. After much debate, I went with the solar light. I’ll put the copper top on the smaller 3 ft. pole when it is done.

I was really impressed with the solar light. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but it really puts out a fair amount of light.

I have to say that after painting this pole I understand why the artist charges $200 and up for her poles.  Her beautiful poles have a ton of detail and are simply beautiful! My garden pole may not be as detailed or as pretty, but it has all of my favorite things and colors on it. I’d have to say that it is perfect for me.

Now if you will excuse me, I have another pole to paint!


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