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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Sometimes spring decorating stumps me.  I’m always so excited to lighten and brighten, but since one day can be warm and the next day is rainy and cold, I never quite know how to decorate.  This year, I came up with a super inexpensive idea that makes my decor really versatile and easy to swap out.

Enter the simple terra cotta pot.  I bought it at Lowes  for less than a dollar.  I decided to create three completely different looks that I can swap out whenever it suits my fancy.
DIY Idea # 1- Washi Tape & Whitewash
The first step for this option is to tone down the orange clay color. I watered down some white paint, applied a thin coat, and then used  paper towels to wipe it off, which left me with a white, weathered look.  I had this adorable ruler washi tape and thought it went perfectly with the idea of spring growth! I love washi tape because it’s inexpensive and comes in so many fun patterns.
DIY Idea #2- Faux Metal
Metal containers can be really expensive, but I love the industrial look they have.  Using metallic spray paint, I was able to get the look of metal, but still spend under a dollar! I think a grouping of these in varying heights could look really neat!
DIY Idea #3- Chalkboard Paint
Oh, how I love chalkboard paint! Did you know I actually have chalk paint as my kitchen back splash? It’s pretty awesome.  I love the matte finish it gives the pot and I was able to add a fun little doodle.  If you’re thinking of planting any starter plants or herbs, you could use chalk to label what you’re growing.  Here’s an insider tip… to get the crisp, clean writing lines like I did, use a chalk marker.  You can order them online or from restaurant supply stores.  They are much easier to draw with and still wipe off with water!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about big room makeovers, but sometimes a simple project like this one can make me just as happy!The options are endless with this one- which one do you like best??

The comments +

  1. Love the weathered look! I did something similar to #2 for my wedding, but with bright colored spray paint!

  2. I like the first look. That washi tape is too cute. Would make a great teacher gift too.

  3. Love all three! The washi tape is cool!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

  4. Lori says:

    What’s the deal with the light bulb? Is it “retro” because it’s not CFL?
    I’d just assume it would roll off and shatter on the floor just as I was walking by bare foot…

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