For several months, I have had many home posts. In November, we moved into a new rental house that is 150 years old. For someone that loves antiques and old stuff, I loOoOoOove this house.
I have more freedom here to paint and such, and it's amazing how far a little work will go in this house.
Sometimes all the projects that need to be done are overwhelming. I've been working in our mudroom for about a month now. So I decided to pick a small project so I could actually feel some accomplishment.
Our side porch...
First, I stained the porch with an opaque deck stain. This was the only money I spent in this project($27), but I am also using the stain on another porch hopefully next week.
I really debated about the stain color. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. To add a pop of color I used two planters that I found at a yard sale last year for a dollar.
I spray painted the outside of the planters orange with some spray paint I had from another project. Now, I have a feeling that spray paint is probably not the best idea for plants, but with my black thumb, I didn't care.
For the planters, I used some pansies that my landlord gave us. (He's very nice like that.)
I normally love color, but I just wasn't loving the orange planters. Orange seemed to make the porch stain look not quite right, and it took away from the pansies colors. I think with the right flowers, orange would look awesome.
To fix it, I used the same black spray paint I used on my mudroom light, and spray painted the planters again. By this time, I had already planted the pansies in one of them so I used a Walmart bag to cover the flowers as I spray painted...I'm sure that wasn't good for the flowers.
Here is the after picture...
Yes, I had to label the planters. I know...it's a sickness.
At first I thought about labeling them "water me" to remind me and my black thumb, but I settled for "hi."
It's almost too cutesy for me, but I like it anyway. Oh! But wait, the back gets even better.
A simpler way to do planters like these is to use chalkboard spray paint. Then you could change the sayin' anytime you felt like it.
I just love these planters and they make me smile every time I see them. Here's the before and after so you can see them together.
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