Planty McPlanterson

I love roadkill. Not the animal variety. More like the free stuff variety. I was cruisin around with a friend the other day and found a bunch of crap scattered around two awesome pots! Well one awesome small one and one less awesome large one. Enter spray paint. Makes a not so awesome pot into super rad one.

First off, i primed the piece with white. The maroon was so dark it would take 57 layers of blue to hide the dark undercolor.

Speaking of road kill, i was leaving my church the other day and they were getting rid of old plants and updating. Of course i asked them what they were going to do with the old ones.. once i heard they were headed to the trash, i grabbed them! So now i have ANOTHER tree on the porch and a few other little bushes and odds and ends. Even the aloe i got for free from Kenny’s mom. She had a pot that was getting out of control so i stole a few lil dudes and planted them. Its been slow going getting those roots to stick but I’ve started to see some new buds coming in! Whoot!

Aint she pretty? Not bad for a free pot with a free tree in it.

Here is the already super awesome pot. Its ceramic in a funky green with a rounded square top. Love it! I figured i should throw a new mint plant into the mint green pot!

Speaking of plants, i LOVE me some Mountain Laurels. When those trees start blooming its officially the announcement of spring. If your state doesnt have them, its a shame. They smell GLORIOUS. Seriously. In fact, all while they are blooming, i always grab a bloom and throw it in my car for the best air freshener ever. This year, i decided if my car gets to smell amazeballs then our apartment should too. I just grabbed a bowl and threw a few in there. It seriously smells like grape soda… but like 50X better.

And they are just so pretty!

In fact, i love mountain laurels so much, i bought one! Its a mini one and they are slloooooow growers, but check it! I already got some buds! It was pretty funny to come home and walk in with a tree. Pretty sure Kenny didnt know what to say on that one.

Oh how i love the spring!

-Rach

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EK!

Hit up the local Goodwill and I found two large letters for a few bucks a piece. One E and one K so i decided to make a fun projects for my girls Erin and Kate! Sadly i didn’t take before pictures but they started out bright gold. The E was broken so I am still letting the glue set but i painted them both and decided to add some fun pattern paper onto the K.

Initially i glued the paper on then cut it to fit… well obviously that wasn’t the smartest idea, so i then cut it out first then glued it on. And here’s the final shot!
and here is Kate with her K!

Dream a little dream

I’ve been dreaming of owning a store for a long time… its always evolved and changed but now I know what i want it to be, where it would be, what we would sell…  and i was looking through “do it yourself” magazine and found this article.

I Like You is a hip boutique all about DIY and local artists work! I definitely think Austin needs a place like this… and i should open it đŸ™‚ Some day…

One man’s trash…

I adore going to Goodwill, Salvation Army and multiple other thrift shops a few times a month… i actually try to buy brand new stuff as little as possible. Why buy a new desk when there are PLENTY already made! And theres nothing a little paint cant fix. PLUS its cheaper and *custom made* to fit your needs. So it’s pretty much impossible to drive by GW and not wonder what unwanted crap could be begging to be loved again… so this week it was this!

“bronze” painted decorative mirror! The key with buying stuff like this… forget what color it is – look at shape. ANYTHING can be painted. So i taped off the mirror and went crazy with a can 0 spray paint. I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray paint in Jade.  Reasons to go with spray paint:

1. Easy – multiple thin layers = no drips!

2. Fast – dries incredibly fast

3. Variety – You can even get Outdoor paint, Metallics, Chalkboard paint, Even Magnetic paint!

Before:

After!

And i decided to put it up above my vanity!

Considering my usual “tomboy” taste… this definitely puts a feminine touch on my bedroom. And for about 15 bucks! Have you guys found any treasures lately? Let me tell you, this isn’t the only thing I picked up on that trip so another post soon to come!

-Rachel