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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