Now that spring is basically here I’ve had the itch to do something with the outside of my house to freshen it up. I’m no landscaper- and my thumb varies from a dark green-gray to solid black depending on the season. I’ve been trying to incorporate the fresh farmhouse look more into my house- now that we’ve had lots of trial-and-error time to decorate (since this is our first home we’ve had a lot of freedom to experiment with color and style, and by we I mean me while Cyle nods his head 😉 ) I’ve full on embraced my small town I-wish-we-owned-a-farm style and found the perfect way to bring it outside!
It’s always peeved me when trying to find friends houses and their house number is not visible from the road- so when I went to the store to buy pots to paint- I knew I needed to also add our house numbers to them so everyone can find us!
To achieve the more farmhouse look- I used very light colors- except for the grey- when I dry-brushed- but depending on the look you want for the pots you can use an assortment of colors!
- Terra cotta pots
- Medium paint brush
- White, mint green, light blue, medium grey paint
- Numbered stickers
- DecoArt Clear Wax
Dry brushing is definitely a technique that takes some practice- and my biggest word of advice is to start our with the littlest amount of paint as possible and add more later! For the first layer I used the light blue.
Take your paint brush- making sure it is clean and dry- and lightly dab the light blue paint on it the tips of the bristles. Tap the paint brush on a paper towel to remove most of the paint, then lightly brush vertically onto your pot, getting a very light layer of paint all around the outside.
Repeat this process with the mint green, don’t worry about cleaning off the old paint, just brush it onto a paper towel to remove it. Use this same process for the white, then the grey, and if needed, go back over some of the grey spots with white. Let each layer dry before putting on the next
When I painted my pots I did the grey before the white, without thinking of how this would cause the white to blend into a light grey- and I had to go back in later with a clean brush and redo some of the white spots- but I think that added some more character about these.
Remember, they don’t have to be perfect! They’re not meant to be!
If you’re lucky enough to have a Silhouette like me cut out your house numbers on black vinyl- I did 3 1/2″ tall letters- and center them on the front of each pot- ensuring they’re all centered and in a straight line with one another.
Gently brush the clear wax over each letter- be careful not to cause them to move out of place- and then cover the entire pot with the wax. I only did one layer of wax, since I knew these would be out of the rain and direct sun most of the time, and I am fine with some wear and tear happening on them. 🙂
Once everything is dry pick out some plants- be sure that if you alternate the plants they both require the same kind of care and amount of sun.
The best way to display these pots is on an old beat up metal and wood bench- it adds to the imperfect and relaxed farmhouse vibe. 🙂
The unfortunate thing about these pots is now the left side of the front of my house looks well put together and nice (I also planted some boxwood bushes and we have a line of tulips attempting to bloom as well)- but the right side of our house is a hot mess!
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