I’ve got some monumental news.
We’re talking epic.
I’m almost ready to spill but beans but not yet.
Here’s a clue…
Our neighbor’s cherry tree acts as a big canopy over our trampoline. So much so that when the cherries are ripe you can bounce up and pick them right off the tree.
Even though it’s their tree, half the branches hang down in to our yard.
We don’t mind.
In fact, today I took the clippers and trimmed a few low hanging branches off.
Part of me felt like I was doing something naughty.
But I couldn’t resist.
And I put them here…
Thank you neighbor for (unofficially) sharing your cherry tree with us.
Spring, I love you.
I’m working on a very exciting space that I can’t wait to share. Since I can’t reveal the whole space yet I’m giving you a little teaser today.
A few weeks ago I was walking through West Elm and ran in to the most fab little planters. They were one of those items you leave the store and can’t stop thinking about.
Unfortunately, at $169. they were way beyond my budget for the space.
Then on my shopping adventures I found this pot on clearance for $12.99 at Home Goods and my wheels started turning.
I wondered if I could mimic the look with some Frog Tape and Spray Paint.
I first primed and painted the pot white.
I then laid out some 2-inch Frog Tape on a board (you could also use a cutting board).
I first marked off each piece of tape in to 3-inch sections. Then I located the center of each piece of tape at each section. Next I used a straight edge to cut my lines by starting at the center mark going to the bottom of each corner. (Tip…get your fingers out of the way. I sliced a good portion of my finger right off). Now you will have several triangles.
I staggered the triangles going up and down off a center line on my pot I drew with a pencil.
Rub each piece of tape firmly down, making sure no edges are coming up anywhere. Once everything is secure you can start spray painting.
(Tip: fill the pot with crumpled plastic bags so you won’t get overspray inside the pot).
Do 2-3 very light coats. If you go heavy you’ll get drips. If you do, let dry, sand down and start over.
Once your pot has dried to just barely tacky, remove tape. If the paint gets too dry I’ve noticed that sometimes the paint will dry to the tape and sometimes come off when you pull up the tape. Tip…don’t use your finger nail…it will ruin the paint finish.
Instead, I used a vinyl hook tool to snag the tape in the middle which worked perfectly.
Notice how the Frog Tape didn’t allow any bleeding underneath the tape. It’s good stuff!
I love using one bold pop of color in a quiet, neutral space.
Stay tuned for the rest of the project…it’s gonna be a fun one!