It’s been a very busy spring and with the warmer weather I’ve been outside playing with dirt – literally. Planting, creating new garden beds, hauling rocks, hauling mulch, deliberating on which potted plants I want to put out on the deck and porch. The potted plants reminded me of this old plant stand I’ve had for a number of years.
the original planter
(It sits level. I just took a crooked picture!) Green may be the color of the year, I’m no longer feeling it and since I’m no longer using it I’ve decided to sell it. However, I felt a new color scheme was needed to freshen it up. It’s metal and can be used indoors or out so first I gave it a coat of spray primer.
Rustoleum for a base…
Looking better already!
Then I decided an ocean blue and white color scheme would really set off the style of the planter and complement any potted plant. The trick was covering those metal flowers to keep them white while spraying on the blue.
very crisp and clean in blue and white…
So much better. Now I think someone would buy it and give it a good home.
So, I was making my way across Wal Mart from the paint department (can’t beat the price on spray paint!) to the crafts department (hey, sometimes they have supplies cheaper than the craft stores), when I spied these chicken wire baskets.
the front side of the original basket
side view of the original basket
Now, farmhouse is not my style — mostly because I don’t live in a farmhouse — and black and white are not my color scheme in any room, but the size was perfect and they had been marked down to the fabulouso price of $6. I could make them fit into my house with a little paint — especially since I knew I already had paint on hand. Since the liners were ivory and not pure white, I started with a base of ivory paint.
Then I covered roughly the upper half of the baskets and used my TintIt spray for a slight ombre effect on the bottom half of the baskets.
and done – for now
I considered adding some painted or driftwood stained wood shims for a lobster trap look, but for now I’m liking the coastal color vibe look just fine. A little paint creates designer chic.
People who actually cook – not just open a can and pour into a pot, put a plate in the microwave, or plate deli-ready or takeout – have tools of the trade that don’t fit in kitchen drawers. They still need to be stored in some way yet be easily accessible for use. Using a cupboard wastes space for pots and pans. Hanging on the backsplash isn’t always possible — especially if there’s brick or tile. Besides, that still uses a lot of space and not so tidy.
I used to use this stoneware jar. It was kept on my baker’s rack in the last kitchen, then on the counter next to the stove in the present kitchen.
my original ‘tool’ bucket from the nursery department
However, I outgrew the space when I added some tools, so I went rummaging in my house and found an old champagne bucket. I’ve never used it for champagne. Only people in the movies actually use them. Got so excited that I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture. It looked like plain aluminum. Grabbed my copper spray paint. I covered the ‘label’ and kept the inside unpainted.
a little bigger, but it holds everything
This bucket helps corral all the wooden utensils, the long-handled and odd-shaped ones, the whisks and hand blender…Because these utensils don’t fit easily in any kitchen drawer.