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I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year celebrations.
I haven’t written in a long time but this hasn’t been to inaction. Rather, I have entered a painting frenzy and doing up corners of the home and garden, now that it’s ours. The year end is also always a rush for my girl’s dance school concert and school concert and then holiday preparations.
So due to necessity of time and budget, most projects have been 80% completed and the 20% dependent on better weather for painting and drying, and my eldest girl on holidays and therefore, need occupying!
One small, completed project that I can now share with you:
I have one indoor calla lily. It lives in a boring muddy-green-blue pot. I’ve never been happy with the pot but bought it based on budget.
I wanted an unusual indoor plant pot, like this, for example:
But covered in gold.
Geometric, origami pots are as rare as hen’s teeth here in Australia.)
A few months ago, I stumbled across these gorgeous pink and gold plant pots by Hunt & Bow:
Oh wow. Pink AND GOLD!? I wanted them all. Fiddle leaf fig tree included.
But at AUD$350 for the largest, and not to mention sold out, I constantly looked both in stores and online.
One day whilst looking online for a pot locally, I voiced my frustration to my friend Hanna, sitting next to me at that time. She responded, puzzled, “Why don’t you just paint that one?”
Oh dear. That mind, dear readers, had NEVER crossed my mind. Yet, it’s the simplest thing to do.
It’s the best thing to do because I can control the pink shade. I can control the gold… and it’s just spraycans.
Much happier, I set to work.
Here’s my high end budget set up:
I wrapped my spice-rack lazy susan up in cling wrap and placed it on a $2 plastic drop cloth in my garden courtyard.
I then spray painted the heck out of it, concentrating on the lower part of the pot.
Here is the pot sitting on my laundry tub because about 2 hours after the second coat of gold spraypaint, it started to rain. The next day, I tried to wrap the pot with a paper stencil I’d made that resembled that Pot of Gold pot by Hunt and Bow above. But I realised that adhering the stencil to the round, tapered pot was near impossible.
So I had to improvise with a straight edge instead. Bah!
The earlier storm cost me that drop cloth and a migraine (long story) so a few days later, I turned to my next favourite spray booth: a large cardboard box. I’m always on the lookout for these boxes as they make such good spray booths.
I love the result:
Even though that area is not a brightly lit area (no place in my home is, unfortunately), I love the sparkle of the gold and the playful hint of that pink.
What about that mutt?
I left that gorgeous pale green ceramic dog (see first pic above) off the table for a bit, but I kinda liked it there. Adds a sense of playfulness and quirkiness that I am. It also looks a little like our German short-haired pointer, Pippa.
I instantly saw its potential as it sat forlornly away from its mates on the seconds table at Domayne. Its atomiser-spray top was a dud. Yes, my green dog vase was actually a hand lotion container! I knew I wanted it because it would make a great bud vase (or pencil holder).
I didn’t much like the pale green, so I got sprayed it with some gold. I LOVE the result:
Lesson: Don’t be afraid to see potential in the oddest of marriages… often found on the seconds table!
If this, not that
Of course, if I didn’t want a pot with gold accents, I’d have bought one of these beautiful Pantone plant pots: