Friday, September 24, 2010

French Flower Pot for Obelisk and Hoya

First, I want to thank those who left suggestions for the color to use on the baseboards and trim in my son's room.  Opinions were all over the place, but it was a great help to me in reasoning out what I wanted and why.  In the end, I mixed the darker gray floor paint with white (half and half).  I was afraid if I did the trim the same color as the walls, the stripes would look as if I just randomly stopped them.  But I didn't want such a dark contrast as the floor color either.  I appreciate each and every comment very much!

Now on to a little project that I started a couple of weeks ago.  I had the pot all painted, but was missing a saucer.  My mom came to the rescue, as I could not find any left in town.  It's finished, my Obelisk and Hoya are planted, and I'm a happy camper.

This was a fun and easy project. I had a big clay pot in the barn that I hauled outside to paint. This puppy is heavy without dirt and a plant in it...don't think I'll be moving it around much! I do have a rolling plant stand I think I'll paint and use underneath it.

I plunked it down on the grass, then plunked myself down beside it, and almost sat on this guy:

I think he was getting ready to hibernate.  He was moving really slow and couldn't fly.  I gave him his space. 

First I sprayed it with white primer, the pot...not the bee, then hit it with a couple coats of heirloom white. I used Fusion because that's what I had. Maybe it will stick better than regular paint...I hope. I didn't get pictures of that, but I think you can picture a white pot.

It already looked better, but not the look I was going for...yet. I whipped out my palm sander and gave it the once over. Now we're getting somewhere.

But it still didn't thrill me. After some hem-hawing about what to do, I remembered the fleur-de-lis foam stamp I bought earlier this summer when I was downstate at a Michael's store. Those of you who live near a Michaels don't know how lucky you are!

 First I painted the rim black, using a foam brush with most of the paint squeezed out of it.

I wanted a worn look, with some white showing through.  I did a small section at a time, then quickly, before the paint dried, dabbed some back off with a paper towel. 

It was a little too light, so I did a second coat.  Ooooh...I like, I like!

Next I used the same brush to put paint on the stamp.  I used the paper towel to dab some back off the stamp, then pressed it onto the pot, rolling it side to side a little and pressing hard because of the curved shape of the pot.  Even so, I had to realign a couple of times to get a spot that didn't print.

After it dried, I used the palm sander once again, but with a very light touch, to go over the black areas, giving it a worn, aged look.

Here it is all finished with the saucer:

 Now with the Hoya planted and the Obelisk doing it's job:

I think it has a French vibe.  My Hoya and I are lovin' it.

I'm also working on a very cool (I think) bulletin board.  After installing baseboards tomorrow, I hope to get if finished.  So ya'll come back now, ya hear?

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  1. Love it!! This came out fantastic!! I love the paint- the stamp - the obelisk- everything!! It's perfect for your plant! Great job! I'm having a decorating inspiration party-Feathered Nest Friday- if you want to come join in. :)

  2. This turned out great! Love it, and love how the plant looks wrapped thru the obelisk in the pot -- fantastic!
    I found you thru French Country Cottage and am glad I did!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love what you did with your old planting pot. Love that stencil.

  4. Adorable! This really turned out cute!

  5. The obelisk and the decorated pot are perfected together. I'm sure the hoya is loving it.

  6. I love this pot. You did a great job. the fleur de lis is really cute! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving some sweetness!

  7. What a neat project. It looks wonderful. Such a nice way to change out a clay pot. Thanks for the visit and your nice comments on my table. Hugs, Marty

  8. My ears perked up when you said you were a Sunday school teacher for years! I would cherish any ideas you could pass off. =O) I am always on the look out. =O)

  9. It came out great! Love the old worn vintage look to it.

  10. I love it!!! They all look so perfect together!! Your Hoya will be so happy this fall and winter!!

  11. I'm cracking up . . . I knew what an obelisk was, but had no idea what a Hoya was (in your title). I just wanted to see the pot. With the obelisk and hoya, it's a showpiece! The sanding really added a great touch.

    Would love for you to stop by tomorrow and link it up to Passion for Paint!

  12. Talk about taking a simple pot to First Class... this is gorgeous and going on my list of things to make for Christmas gifts!


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  14. Thanks so much for linking up to Passion for Paint. Hope you'll stop by again with another great project!

  15. You did a great job! The painted finish is perfect!

  16. How fabulous!!! J'adore how you've created your own obelisk and best of all it's so frenchy. I love anything that has a fleur de lis symbol. I may have to copy (wink) your idea when I get the chance. Happy Friday! Stopping by from Feathered Nest Friday.

  17. I love how your pot turned out! I have a lot of pots like this that are just sitting out by my shed. Time to get to work! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    P.S. I am your newest follower.

  18. It looks terrific! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related!

  19. Oh, my Gosh! How inspiring! I have a whole stack of old pots in my yard, and I've been waiting for the right idea. You are so ingenious. Thank you! What a romantic french touch! Something different for a change.
    Claudia from FrenchCountry


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