Friday

DIY gold dipped planter

This project was inspired by my new fiddle leaf fig tree.  My hubby got it for me for Mother's day.  I actually picked it out while we were shopping around at IKEA last Saturday.  I had heard others mention that they had found them there for $12.99, but had never seen any until this past weekend.  I told my hubby that I would prefer this over flowers for mother's day and he happily obliged me.  I think  he was secretly breathing a sigh of relief knowing that would take a little pressure off of him having to go out later and find flowers. 

You may remember a while ago when I purchased my first fiddle leaf fig tree.  I'm sad to report that it died a slow death.  I tried to do everything right, but every day I would find another leaf on the floor.  When I took it outside to dump everything out I realized it had gotten root bound, so this time I made sure to go with a much larger pot.  Which leads me to this little DIY project.

I started with this really inexpensive plastic planter from Target.  I think it was around $7.  


I sprayed it with some Rustoleum paint in Berry Pink.


I had this paint leftover from the cozy coupe makeover I'm working on (hopefully it will be finished soon!).  It says it's made to bond to plastic so I figured it would work well for this planter and it did.  After I painted it pink, I sprayed the bottom portion with some gold spraypaint to get the dipped look.  This planter has a removable base that acts as a tray so water doesn't go everywhere so I just took it off and spraypainted it and then put it back on.  If your planter doesn't have a removable base you could just use painters tape to get a nice clean line.




So here's to hoping it can survive my black thumb and a toddler who is into everything.  I would love to have it for many years and have it grow large enough to be an actual tree.  A girl can dream right?  Have any of you had any success with fiddle leaf fig trees?  Please share your tips, I'm all ears.

5 comments:

Mrs. DeVore said...

Love the planter and the tree as well! I found a fiddle leaf fig at Home Depot around christmas and swooped it up in a hot second! I repotted it and it grew three beautiful new leaves, and now has done NOTHING for over 3 months! I am so nervous! But it doesn't look like its dying so I guess I will wait it out! Best of luck with your new tree!

Mrs. DeVore said...

A few hints on the fiddle-leaf from a master gardener :) -- 1. It needs fairly bright light - if the leaves are dropping (without turning yellow), it's not getting enough light. A lot of places i see it on design blogs, where it is done for staging, are not places it would be happy long-term. 2. it does *not* like to be over-watered. If the top of the soil is wet to the touch, don't water it. Better to under-water it than over-water, b/c it's prone to root-rot. 3. It's a slow-growing plant, so don't stress if it doesn't appear to be 'doing anything' - it's just happy and slow. 4. It doesn't like cold drafts OR to be right in front of heaters.

The pot is gorgeous and it looks wonderful there!

Mrs. DeVore said...

I really like the two colors! The curtains are pretty awesome too :)

Mrs. DeVore said...

That looks so good in your room. Love it!

Mrs. DeVore said...

The planter turned out great. You have no idea how I have been searching for a fiddle leaf fig. I can't find one :(

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