It looks quite horrible, doesn't it? I admit that during our long rainy season I don't really pay attention to whether my Summer plants are turning into monster plants as this silverdust in the planter did. Both the planter and the bench (which I bought from a local sawmill owner last year for a good price) are made out of cedar, but the rain has rendered them colorless. I stained the bench last year, but decided this year I wanted to paint it to brighten up things a bit. And the paint will hold up to our rainy season better.
The bench before:
Here is my planter painted and re-planted. It's true that I could have used more colorful plants, but I went with these because I was able to get them super-cheap or on clearance. It still looks pretty to me, and I'm really looking forward to when the wave petunias trail down the sides.
I picked up this mosaic table from the thrift store last week for $12. I thought it was so pretty, and would be a great addition to my redo.