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This month's challenge was Clay Pots. I was a little stumped at first. All I could envision was the precious little pots my kids came home with when they went to Mom's Morning Out with thumb prints all over them. I still have those precious works of art in my craft room to enjoy when I'm in there sewing.
Sometimes I wander around the craft store looking until creativity comes to me.
I changed my mind a few times on this project.
I decided to make an inexpensive centerpiece by applying a weathered paint treatment to clay pots to create a striking topiary.
It all started with 3- 4.5 inch clay posts from Hobby Lobby for $1.37 each.
I finally decided that I really needed a change on the kitchen table. I wanted something simple and easy for summer.
Sorry my paint pots look a little messy. I love American Decor Chalky FInish Paints. They are affordable, come in small sizes and are readily available at craft stores and Home Depot. (not a sponsored post) I decided to use the 2 colors Relic and Everlasting.
I painted 1 coat of Relic on each pot with a foam brush. By the time I was finished with all three, the first was dry and ready for the white coat.
I worked fast, so no pictures of the dry brush process, but here is how you do it. It's easy peasy……promise!
- Barely dip your bristle brush in the white paint
- Blot and wipe it on a paper towel so there is no excess
- Then brush horizontally around the pot.
- I actually did this 3 times to get a lighter look. It dried quickly.
- Then I applied DecoArt's matte varnish to seal.
You are left with a weathered finish perfect for that farmhouse, cottage or beachy look.
I purchased the large faux boxwood balls from Hobby Lobby. Here's a hint. They are kept year around in the floral department. BUT a nice clerk told me the same large ones were in the spring section which was marked down 40% off. I got them for $4.79 each.
Not bad for $6.16 each! I love the simplicity. The runner was a find from Tuesday Morning this winter. They usually have great linens.
This is a great idea if you are staging your home for sale as well. It's a simple, clean look.
Great thing about these is that I can easily move them to other areas of our home. I can remove the faux boxwood ball and use it in other containers….the possibilites are endless.
Be sure to visit these fabulous ladies below and see what they did for our Clay Pot challenge!!
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