7/27/2014

Easy DIY: White and Gold Striped Planter

I snagged this faux brass bucket thing at a thrift store and thought it might look good with white stripes and a tall-ish house plant. Spoiler alert: It does!
add white stripes to thrift store planter for some instant swank!First, I added two bands of wide Frog Tape to the bucket, rubbing it as I went to make a good seal. I'm a lazy crafter so I just eyeballed it for straightness, but it would be smart to measure and mark your widths.add white stripes to thrift store planter for some instant swank!
After the tape was down, I hung the bucket up outside by putting the hook part of a wire hanger through one of the little holes and looping the body of the hanger over our laundry line pole. I use that trick a lot, I should snag a picture of it sometime. Then I sprayed the bucket with white primer followed by a thick coat of white spray lacquer.
add white stripes to thrift store planter for some instant swank!
 It was so humid outside yesterday that I had to move the bucket to the basement or it never would have dried. I was so excited, I could hardly wait to peel back the frog tape and when I finally did (a whole thirty minutes later), I was thrilled! I tell ya what, Frog Tape is legit! I can't believe how crisp and clean the lines on this project turned out. This isn't a sponsored post, I just REALLY love Frog Tape.
add white stripes to thrift store planter for some instant swank!

add white stripes to thrift store planter for some instant swank!
I'm so pleased with how this turned out! I was originally envisioning a snake plant for the bucket, but the hardware store didn't have any that were large enough, so I settled for a dieffenbachia, which we named "Linda Two" after the first dieffenbachia I slowly killed last year, which was a gift from Jesse's Aunt Linda. Are we strange, or does anyone else name their plants?
add white stripes to thrift store planter for some instant swank!

add white stripes to thrift store planter for some instant swank!

add white stripes to thrift store planter for some instant swank!












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7/24/2014

Keep Calm and Don't Cry at Work

If you've been reading this blog, you might know that I have a full time career in addition to being a mom, wife, DIYer, etc. I absolutely love my job and the people I work with. Like. Seriously. They are amazing. But today was a bit of a roller coaster. It started out fabulously; we celebrated a successful first half of the year with a BBQ lunch followed by a round of kubb in the green space outside our office. It was SO great. I'm even a little sun-burned! But, the afternoon was a little rough. Nothing I won't get over with a bit of venting and a couple glasses of sauvignon blanc.  This is a little something I made to help me keep my "game face" on.  You can download the printable here for free.
Keep Calm and Don't Cry at Work  Free Printable
Cheers to a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend! :)