Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Stripes or No Stripes + An Accidental Update

Over the weekend, I did a couple of projects for the front porch.  In an effort to save some cash on my little front porch update, I opted to buy inexpensive plastic pots to flank my front door.   Hoping to add a little uumph to these pots, I decided to dress them up in stripes.

First, I tried my trusty white duct tape in the hopes I wouldn’t have to paint.  Complete fail.  With the curve of the pot, the tape became wonky, creased and just plain not so pretty.  Next up, freehand with a not-so-steady hand and a foam paintbrush.  Fail again.  Last try, tape with painters tape, had same wonky issues as duct tape.  Results, a wonky uneven, not so crisp striped pot.


So do I keep going with the wonky stripes on the other pot?


Or do I go with the tried and true black pot in its classic form?


What do you think?


This weekend, I also started to gut the playroom so I can finally start the floors.  To be honest, this project is starting to completely overwhelm me.  The whole purging process and being rid of that nasty carpet will all be worth it in the end.  But I will tell you, I keep finding myself walking in the room and just staring at it and walking right out because I’m completely overwhelmed.  Not getting far fast.

Anywaaaays…instead of throwing everything in the basement, I’m trying to keep items close by to make the move in and out of the room easier.  In doing so, I moved a pair of lamps to my foyer table and was unexpectedly thrilled with the new look.


I was getting the itch to wake up this spot by painting the table or the wall with a pop of color, but the shine from the lamps and contrast of the shades has really done the trick for me. 


It’s got the combo of black, white, metal, wood (baskets) and pop of color that I referred to in Friday’s post that I love so much.  And if it saves me from another painting project, I love it even more.  However, that leaves me with no lighting for the playroom when I reload the room.  Oh well, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

I guess it goes to show that a little rearranging of the stuff you already have, can really change the feeling of a space making it feel new again.  So before you go shopping, make sure to shop your house first.  You just never know, you may already have just what you need!

Linked to the Outdoor Extravaganza - Painted Projects - Our Fifth House and here.


  1. You can never go wrong with a pair of lamps! And, I vote for the striped pot...Idhtbptbb!

  2. I vote striped pots, too! I have an overwhelming room, too ~ a garage sale pile that's gotten completely out of control! :(

  3. I love the wonky stripes! And didn't realize how difficult they could be on a pot until reading this. Do it on the other one! Also, are those dragon wing begonias in the planters?!?! LOVE! I'm obsessed with those right now, I planted them in our front planters this year and stare at them out my front windows!!!

    Thanks for linking up at the Outdoor Extravagaza party!

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    2. It could just be my lack of patience and skill that made painting the stripes so difficult. :) Yes, they are dragon wing begonias. I love them too! It's my 3rd year using them on my front porch and they've worked really well, which is good because I'm not much of a gardener. I love how they have kind of a tropical feeling because the large leaves. So glad you stopped by!

  4. Agreed. Wonky stripes! Love lamps

  5. LOVE your striped pots! They are so striking! I need to do this. great inspiration Kim!
    xo Nancy


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