It’s that time of month again, friends! It’s time for the Monthly DIY challenge! In case you’re new, here’s the scoop: On the 2nd Wednesday of every month, me and my bloggy friends get together and create something based on a common material or idea that everyone uses. The end results are so unique and fantastic! So far we’ve done Michaels crates, pumpkins, wood slices, clear ornaments, organizational solutions, plumbing pieces, and the dollar store. This month we decided to look in our dump or goodwill piles and see what we could salvage for a trash to treasure transformation! Be sure to stick around to the end of the post to see everyone else’s AMAZING projects!
When hubby and I moved into our very first house, we discovered that the previous owners had left something behind. Some things were useful – like shovels and tools so we didn’t have to buy our own, but other less desirable things were also left in the garage like broken bits of drywall, glass mirror, and an odd, dead little potted plant. I think it used to be an orchid. Here’s a picture of the pot in our ‘dump run’ pile that we reallllyyyy need to get rid of.
As you can see the previous owners also left behind a weird Roman-esque pot. I will not be saving that one. Haha. And here’s a bit more of a closeup so you can see this flower pot in all it’s glory:
I mean, it’s okay as it is – I mean, the base of it is my favorite aqua hue. But I wasn’t really digging the spikey blue tree branch thingies. So it was time, to switch ‘er up! I started off by dumping out the old dirt and dead orchid and wiping down the outside of the pot with a Clorox wipe. After that it was 2 simple and quick coats of Rust Oleum’s paint + primer in 1 in a brilliant white.
As you can see the little white branch ‘petals’ from the original design are still visible through the white paint because the ceramic is raised. Kind of looks like goosebumps! I wasn’t going for the “my flower pot is chilly” look, so I whipped out my gold sharpie and gold leaf pen.
At first I tried my gold sharpie, but it looked to dark and dull, as you can see in the dots on the left. I then tried my gold leaf paint pen by itself, but it wouldn’t adhere to the spray paint and just wiped off. My solution? Do the dots first with the sharpie and then go over it with the gold leaf pen and voila! Bright shiny peppy gold dots, as seen on the right. Bam!
I think this little flower pot has definitely gone from trash to treasure! The white and the gold polka dot combo is a real winner for me. It just looks so much more modern! Now to set about finding a new little plant to put in it. I went to Home Depot and went round and round in their ‘indoor houseplant’ section, googling the names of all the plants. You see, I have 2 cats. And these 2 cats LOVE, I mean LOVE to nibble on plants. No flowers my husband brings home for me are ever safe. Ever! So I had to make sure that my new fauna friend was non-toxic to pets. After googling
like 10 a gajillion (yep, a gajillion) plants I came across the perfect plant – the Cat Palm! Haha, how fitting. It’s like it was meant to be. I think it adds the perfect amount of greenery to our home! Now let’s just see if I can keep it alive for more than a few weeks…
I’m glad I got the Cat Palm because my cats are definitely interested in it! They have seriously been all over it – sniffing and nibbling it and at the time of this writing it’s only been in the house for 10 minutes. We will see if it makes it.
I’m definitely glad I gave this guy a second look! It’s nice having some greenery to brighten things up. I will force myself to have a green thumb if it’s the last thing I do! I will!
Now that you’ve seen my trash to treasure challenge, head on over to all my bloggy friends’ pages to see all of their AMAZING creations. Seriously you guys, the creativity in this group just blows me away! Click on a picture below to be taken to a post and be prepared to be amazed 🙂