In the last couple of years it seems like succulents have become very trendy. There are so many varieties, and the colors and textures are pretty fab.
So I admit it, I jumped on the succulent bandwagon, but in a small way.
I love rusty old metal toolboxes, don’t you? I decided this one would make the perfect container for some succulents. First, I stenciled my house numbers on it. I used my Cricut machine and made my own ‘stencil’ using contact paper. After cutting out the numbers, I just removed them and kept the rest of the contact paper. I adhered it to the metal toolbox, and then just used white spray paint to paint the numbers. I thought it would hold up well against the elements since this planter stays outside in the summer. This is its 3rd summer, and as you can see it’s getting pretty rusty, but the paint has held up well.
I punched some holes for drainage in the bottom of the toolbox using a large nail and a hammer. I just pounded the nail through the metal in several different spots. Fancy people might use a drill for this part of the process, but the nail and hammer worked pretty well. Your planters especially need drainage if they are going to be outside.
I keep this on the deck between my lounge chairs (and that is one of my Annabelle hydrangeas back there behind the chairs).
This is an awesome spot to sip a glass of wine and look at some of my favorite decorating books.
The pillow covers came from Restoration Hardware, and I bought them on clearance. I don’t usually pay Restoration Hardware prices for stuff unless it’s on sale. This patio furniture came with some very blah pillows when I bought it, so it was nice to upgrade them to something a little more ‘me’. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I am completely obsessive about not leaving the cushions out unless we are using them. But hey, we’ve had this furniture at least five years now and the cushions still look great and this is why!
How about you? Have you jumped on the succulent bandwagon and planted some of your own?