I've been keeping busy with some more refinishing projects and for this one, I decided to freshen up an old wooden carry tote that I had picked up on one of our junking jaunts. I don't have a before picture but it was just plain old dark wood, nothing fancy at all. I also had a couple of potted succulents that needed a home so I set to with some paint and brushes!
I painted the whole thing with some black acrylic paint and once that had dried, went over the outside with some home-made grey chalk paint. There are plenty of 'recipes' for chalk paint out there in web-land - some great info can be found here. I've been using calcium carbonate for mine and I find it really easy to work with, plus it stays runny for ages (technical term!!). Anyway once that layer had dried, I sanded it back in some spots to show the black and to give it that gorgeous aged look. Then I busted out my trusty Silhouette Cameo to cut out the text and fleur de lis symbols from black vinyl and voila, le petit jardin est fini.
The perfect home for my little succulents in their painted and distressed (obviously) terracotta pots. My husband is usually on board with most of my projects but even he raised an eyebrow at my painted pinecones!! I wanted them to blend in :)
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