The DIY Happy Pill
The Do It Yourself movement has taken off like crazy in the last few years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. And why should it? The willingness to try new things, to fail and start again, to get creative, get dirty, and then out of all of that create something beautiful, that is what we should all strive for.
On days that drag I find myself being drawn to the one place I find peace, the only place I am able to control and lose myself in, my DIY craft room.
Now I’m no expert, I’m a fiddler at best, but I thought it might be nice to “blog” as I learn, share my experiences, failures, successes, and tips for brightening up an entire room or simply fiddling around and making an awesome tissue box. I’m lucky enough to be able to do this for a growing platform like Home Hub Middle East!
Let’s start small…. DIY plant pot facelift! This is quick and easy, ideal for a fast fix up!
Step 1 – Sad to see you go
Choose a plant pot that you are not particularly fond of, that way any change will be better, and any mistake will not result in you screaming and pulling your hair out. Don’t buy a new one, we’re not there just yet. I chose an old grey plant pot my sister had given me, although why she bought it I have no idea #sorrysibling
Step 2 – Masked
Think of a design. I wanted something swirly and stripy. For this step you’ll need regular masking tape. I put the masking tape to cover the areas I did NOT want to paint. Press away any air bubbles and make sure the tape is on well and good.
Step 3 – Chalk it up to Annie
Not everything can be sanded! And the lazy man’s best friend is…. Chalk paint! I use Annie Sloan chalk paint, its available in the UAE, and comes in different neutral colors to go with any interior. Start painting the exposed area with a generous amount of chalk paint, this acts as your primer. Let it dry.
Step 4 – Color Therapy
Choose your color. Once my primer was dry and ready to receive another coat of paint I chose a deep yellow that I felt would complement the dark grey. I ended up getting a little carried away and painted the masking tape as well, you’ll understand the relaxing joys of wet paint and a good brush soon enough. Let it dry.
Step 5 – Not Like a Band-Aid
Once your paint has dried, start removing the masking tape, gently. If you do this quickly you are more than likely to get some of the paint off as well. The reason for this is my pot wasn’t sanded, it’s been baked and therefor isn’t as porous, and it ideally should be to avoid the paint peeling off.
Step 6 – V for Varnish
Varnish is a DIY-ers best friend. Give your new pot a good coat, say a little prayer, and start sending your family and friends pictures of your awesome work.
Thanks for taking the time to read my first ever blog entry! I’d love to see what you came up with so please send over questions, comments, pictures, and praise if you’d like to firstname.lastname@example.org
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