Such(culent) fun

Joey: “Wait, that plant’s REAL??”

Me: “Sure is.”

Joey: “Why is is still alive???”

That’s right, folks.   This conversation happened the other day.   Much to the amazement of… well… everyone, Pete is still healthy, alive, and tap-dancing after several months under my care.  Bona fide miracle if you ask me.  Remember Pete??   This spunky guy…

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I originally purchased him to replace the sickly palm that I pretty much killed.    And I was scared.  Scared for Pete’s life.   But fortunately, the Home Depot lady was right when she said that he’d be a good catch.   He definitely has been, for sure.

What’s my point?  Well, Pete’s given me confidence.  Confidence to take more living beings into my charge.   Enter succulents…

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…purchased at Home Depot for just under three bucks a piece.     But, wait.. I’m getting ahead of myself.  You see, it all started with these guys…

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Four galvanized metal outlet boxes.  I found them at Goodwill for 50 cents a piece.   And they reminded me of a restaurant called Bolsa in the Bishop Arts district in Dallas.   They used them as succulent planters for their centerpieces.   My friend Ashley mentioned a while back that she’d followed their lead and DIYed some of the same.  So, I decided to copy both of them and make my own, preferably to display on our sofa table.  Remember how I mentioned that I needed to redecorate this area a smidge to allow our back door to shine?  I thought these would be perfect.  Industrial with a hint of nature and unobtrusive enough to play second fiddle to our newly painted door.

I remember Ashley mentioning that she needed to caulk the cracks in the metal boxes to keep the soil in, so I busted out some silicone caulk that I had on hand and did just that.  I covered the bottom holes with duck tape (mainly to give the caulk a supportive surface to stick to for the larger holes)…

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And I caulked all of the nooks and crannies…

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Next, I did some research on the proper planting method for succulents.  They recommended mixing the soil with gravel, so I stole a large handful of pea gravel from Lucas’s rock box and blended it with my soil.

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Does my hand look weird here or is it just me?  And yes, that is tile-paint on my fingernail.  It loves me.  It refuses to leave.  Anyways, I planted my succulents in the metal boxes.  And here they are now.  Succulents, who are you wearing??

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Well, Ryan, I’m wearing metal by Goodwill.  And I make this stuff look hot!  (Can you tell I’m watching the SAG awards while writing this post? And maybe drinking a glass of vino (ortwo)?)   Anyways, here are a few more red-carpet moments…

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Easy and cheap!  I love them.   Not too shabby for around $3.50 a pop ($3 for the plant and $0.50 for the box).   I’m currently working on something for below the sofa table which should help warm it up a tad.  And if you look closely, you can see our new centerpiece peeking through the crowd… 

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I changed it up (again… It’s been morphing on a weekly basis lately.  What can I say? I like variety.)

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The sparkly vase was a $7 find at TJ Maxx.  Had to do it.   And the runner is actually a folded up tablecloth that I got on clearance from Target for $4.   The other stuff I already had.

So, I get oddly giddy when talking/writing about decorating.  I’m seriously typing with a goofy smile on my face right now.  It may be the wine.  But I think its the decorating chit-chat… does this happen to anybody else?    Or is this just me?

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4 thoughts on “Such(culent) fun

  1. Such a neat idea! Love the contrast of the metal with the quirky shapes of the succulents. Love it! Can’t wait to start decorating my new place. I will definitely be stealing many ideas from you, lady! 🙂

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