Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kitchenware as Repurposed Planters


                                           I don't know but it seems all garage sales, tag sales,

                                             yard sales and estate sales have one thing in common.

                                                                Tons of  KITCHENWARE !

        I want to share a couple of fun pieces to turn into planters.
                                                 First I found an aluminum colander for .50

                                                          These are so useful in the garden.

                                    I use one to carry fresh vegetables and herbs to the house.

                                             Then it is easy to rinse and clean your veggies.

I had a Coco Liner on hand from The Dollar Tree. You can
line the sides and bottom with moss if you prefer.

It was a pretty good fit !
They can be trimmed with scissors.

                            I used Patio Potting Mix and purchased one small pot of Petunias.
Less mess if I do it on the grass!
 The Colander on the left has succulents that I planted in the Fall
The other pan was an old Jello Mold for .50
I used the same Potting Mix.
I know there is special potting soil for succulents but it is expensive and I have
had good results with the Patio Mix.
I will only water the wreath with a spray bottle.

                                                    I just used cuttings from my backyard.
For this project you will only need a small amount
of cuttings. If you don't have access to
cutting, ask friends and neighbors to save you some.
Hey ask your Mom or Grandma !
Gardeners love to share.

I used a stick to poke holes in the dirt.
Gently press stems into the holes and tap down dirt around plant. 

Mist with a spray bottle.
As the plants establish you can give your wreath a tilt if you like.

Trim to keep the shape.

I brought it in the house and added a candle.

 A Living Wreath

Thank you for stopping by !

Have a Wonderful Day !


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Thrift Store DIY Desk Organizer

I found this DESK ORGANIZER the other day when I was out Thrift Shopping.
I thought it had potential. Any wood, even cheap wood
will look great with a coat of chalk paint.
I needed to clean it up, just a wipe down with a soft cloth.
A little bit of wood glue in a couple spots.
Then a bit of sanding with #200 sandpaper, and
another wipe down.
I got out the supplies needed to paint.
I went over to Joanne's Fabrics to get some paint and I saw this set of brushes
and I thought I would give them a try.

                                             The brush on the left is for stenciling or chalk paint.

                                  The brush on the right is for wax. Easy clean up with soap and water.

I painted the entire organizer with  Adirondack White Chalk Paint.
The brushes worked well.
I gave it 2 coats it some places, and left some places with a bit of the dark wood showing.
I painted inside the drawer, and on the underside.
I moved it around from desk to desk-
and  moved it again.
To the Kitchen
and then back to the desk again.
AND another desk!

                                         If you follow me on Instagram@freshvintagebylisas

                                       I tell a little bit about the LOVE LETTERS in the cubbies.

                                                           Thank you so much for stopping by !

                                                                    I  really appreciate it !



Monday, April 2, 2018

Chalk Painted Milk Bottle Vases and Galvanized Planter

The Milk Bottles and the Galvanized Planter
came from the Dollar Tree. I just wanted to change their look
by using chalk paint.
The planters have raised lettering and are printed the same on both
sides. You can choose between French or English.
Since they were $1.00 I bought both.

The bottles were also $1.00 and they have raised letting.

      I find that the best way to paint these bottles is to start with a couple of fingers in the opening,

                                                        and paint with the other hand.
                                     I painted the outside and the inside of the planter.


After the paint dries, you can came back over the raised lettering with a lint free cloth dipped in warm

 water and gently wipe over the area that has the writing, but I prefer to use 150 or 200 grit sandpaper

                                        to take off some of the paint to give it an aged look.

                                   If you plan to use your planter and bottles around water,

                                     I recommend using a layer of wax to protect your paint.


       The flowers came from the Dollar Tree.  I used 2 bunches of flowers and divided them into

                         the 3 bottles. You will need wire cutters to divide the flowers.
If you like you can add jute or some vintage lace to your bottles. 
I put one of the bottles in an old suitcase for display.
Here is the link for the painted suitcase
The planter with flowers would be a nice gift.
Thank you for stopping by !

Kitchenware as Repurposed Planters