It’s true…I have a soft spot in my heart for sweet old gentlemen.
(and apparently, so does my husband)
While on a call, my husband met this nice older gentleman.
The two began to talk and one thing leads to another and my husband walks away
with this wood planter box that the gentleman had made.
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As he unloaded it from the car he actually apologized. (it’s like he doesn’t know me at all)
It was a little unique with the hand drawn pictures on the side.
But, I thought it was great.
All it needed was a couple coats of Farmhouse White Curb Appeal Paint from DecoArt*.
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Earlier this year… I received the HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Power Painter*
I’ve been wanting these for a while now and have been eagerly waiting for the weather to turn
nice and the rain to stop so that I could use them.
With the exception of trying the sprayer at the Creativation Trade Show,
it was the first time I’d used a power sprayer. It was super easy to use and clean up.
And…it comes with three sprayer tips for different uses.
The portable spray tent is great to use on days with a little breeze or even indoors.
I can’t wait to use it on even bigger projects.
Ok, I’ll admit, because of the marker drawings on the side it took more than a couple coats.
It really was easy to use and the Curb Appeal Paint dried really quick.
After all the coats of paint were dry I gave the box a light sanding to make it smooth.
The box looked a little too plain, so I decided to stencil a design on the sides.
To stencil the design…
- Position the stencil onto the box and tape down the edges with removable painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving. Use stipple brush to apply paint inside open stencil areas.
- Carefully remove stencil from box. Make sure their is no excess paint that’s seeped under the stencil before moving the stencil to the next area on the box.
- I painted the edges of the box with a thin layer of “dolphin” paint.
- After everything was completely dry I lightly sanded the box with a piece of extra fine sand paper. The sand paper gives the box the worn and weathered look I was going for.
Now onto the fun part, the fruits of my labor.
I picked soft pink geraniums, vincas, pink coleus and vinca vines to fill my flower box.
I put the box on an old white bench and sat it in front of my window.
It’s one of the first things I see as I come down the stairs in the morning.
I love how soft and delicate the flowers look inside the box.
It’s a great addition to my front porch.
And to think my husband apologized for bringing it home. (I think it’s lovely.)
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