I’ve never been much of a succulent grower – with the exception of the standard Aloe Vera.
But, you know how it is…succulents are everywhere now, and when you see them constantly in garden centers and online, you notice and begin to wonder, “why haven’t I given more succulents a try?”
So when I made a recent trip to the thrift store with one of my boys (such a fun date – really, he loved it!), I snagged a piece that I knew had to come home with me. There’s always the standard picture frames, lamps, and dishes, but when I see something that has potential – that’s unique in some way – that’s what I’m after!
This is what caught my eye that day:
Isn’t that great?
Maybe not so much like this, but I saw potential that a little spray paint and a few plants could bring to live. And, best of all…it’s quick, simple, and easy! Big projects don’t fit into my life very well; I’ve got people to feed. 🙂
The tray. Dry, heat-tolerant succulents beg for classic desert colors and textures, so I grabbed a can of paint that I had for another project, but was perfect for this one: Krylon’s Pebble Stone fine texture.
This was the first time I’ve used textured paint and I loved how it turned out. It’s a fast-drying, durable paint that’s UV fade resistant – perfect for living where it will be exposed to a lot of sunlight. And I love the coarse texture; just right for the look I wanted.
Next, the votives:
I don’t think they had ever been used for candles, so it was simple to clean them up with dish soap and hot water. I also gave them each a good swipe with alcohol before painting to remove any skin oil or residue – a great idea when you’re painting glass.
I”m sure they were lovely in their time, and I kind of liked the leaf stenciling on many of them. But those colors had to go, so I shot them all with a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum’s Camouflage – Khaki. I love Rust-Oleum; it’s my go-to spray paint that never lets me down!
Once they were dry, it was time to pot the succulents.
Aren’t they cute?
I also had some cactus, palm, and citrus soil on hand. Succulents will do better in soil specially formulated for their growing needs. Standard potting mix is too rich and retains water well, which can rot the roots of succulents. Remember, these little guys are native to dry conditions.
Finally, I added a layer of pea gravel, which had been left over from last year’s herb vignette project, and it was done!
Not too bad for a $5 thrift store find, huh?
Now I just have to decide where to put it…
Do you love a good thrift store challenge? Have you got a creative project to share? Leave a comment and tell us about it!