We have had this (fake) potted plant for years. It was fine, but I felt just blah for a number of years. As I edit out our belongings, I really am working towards having only things we love and find beautiful, fun or functional in our house. I am also working to have things that I have personalized myself.
I don’t have a photo of it, but the original version was shabby chic, a distressed white finish over a terracotta planter. Very predictable, which is probably why I bought it and then why I grew to not love it. Still, it was perfectly good filler and I was reluctant to let it go. I promised myself I would do something cool with it. Someday.
When I was hunting for things to style my new shelving, I knew the time had come to improve on the basic fake plant in a pot.
I started by using painters tape and plastic wrap to cover the fake plant, which actually is not a bad fake. Once it was protected, I sprayed two coasts of glossy white spray paint, making sure to cover the entire pot.
At this point I was doubting myself because it still looked kind of lame, but that never stopped me before, so I bought some liquid gilding at Michael’s (thank you, 40% off coupon). I considered a design like this, but in the end I wanted something more free-form and fun. So, I just took a deep breath and started painting in straight-ish lines around the pot.
Here are a few tips. The gilding stinks – consider a more ventilated space than on the living room couch with your family watching a movie. Not that I did that. Also, the narrower the line, the less I liked it. For the gold to really shine, it needed a bit of substance. Finally, a softer paint brush worked best (like a craft paint brush). I literally just plucked one out of my kids’ painting supplies. I am a true artist like that.
I am so glad I got over myself and gave it a try – I love it! I kind of reminds me of a golden zebra. It is fun and a little funky and a great addition to the shelving.