Home Tour: Front Door

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Our loft has rows and rows of the same door/light/number entries and while they’re clean and fairly new they’re also fairly boring! I know we aren’t the only renters with this dilemma. When you live in an apartment your entryway is most likely going to look like eeeeeevery body else’s. But that doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way! You can absolutely personalize your front door and entryway to make your rental space unique.

Home Tour: Front doorDoormats:

This is probably one of the first things we add to any new space. Its functional since it cuts down on the dirt tracked into our place as well as decorative. If you’re feeling crafty your can DIY a design on a solid mat. Or you can shop any of the billion designs online(seriously theres bound to be a design perfect for your space!). We grabbed this one at Target.  Home Tour: Front DoorPlants:

Its no secret I hope to become a #plantlady and let our space be taken over by fabulous green lovelies. And our entry way is no exception! I knew I wanted something green to liven up the space but sunlight was an issue. We basically enter by hallway(even though its outdoors) which means there is very little sun. This limited our choices a bit and I’m pretty positive you wont find bright flowers gracing our front door but I’m ok with that. Luckily succulents and other non-fussy plants are popular and finding something for this nook was easy. I rarely have to water this Dragon Tree and its thriving even without great sun exposure.  Home Tour: Front DoorWreaths:

With the help of removable hooks even us renters can add wreaths to our front doors! You can find them in nearly any color so they are no longer just for the holidays. Yay! I loved this mushroom wreath the second I saw it and I know I can add decorative bits to dress it up throughout the year. Its made of dried and dyed mushrooms and it adds a ton of texture. If our front door got a lot of exposure to the elements I’d look for something less fragile. In this case, Im using that hallway to our advantage. Home Tour: Front DoorIts only a couple simple items but it changes the look of our entryway and livens up our space. So what are your favorite ways to decorate the front door and entryway? You know Id love to hear all about it in the comments!

 

Home Tour: Front Door
Home Tour: Front Door
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Marbled Planters

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I titled this “Marbled Planters” but honestly it could really be “Marbled Anything”.  I promise once you do this project you will be looking around wondering what else you could pour, swirl, and dip! Its so addictive you guys! And it only takes a few(very inexpensive!) supplies that you probably already have on hand.Marbled Planters

If you have a planter that has sections you’d like to mask off use painters tape. I wanted to keep the “raw edge” on my cement planters so I masked off those bottom portions. You could also use the tape to add a decorative design(double creative points for that!).

Once your planters are ready and your work surface is set up fill your container with water. You want enough to keep space between the surface paint and the bottom of your container. If you are marbling a large pot you might want something deeper as you might dip further down while rolling.

Start adding your nail polish in random swirling patterns. You aren’t creating the “marble effect” yet but you do want your colors to overlap. I only used 3 different colors but using more or less is totally doable! One tip I read and actually found helpful is keeping the bottles close to the surface while pouring. This keeps your paint from hitting the surface too hard and just sinking to the bottom of the water.

When you have your colors overlapped pretty well and the surface is covered you can start swirling! This is insanely satisfying! You need to work fairly quick because the polish starts to set up pretty fast. I didn’t use a “quick dry” polish and I still had to work quick so I would skip those varieties if possible.

Once you have a pattern you like start rolling your planters over the surface. The polish will basically cling to the surface of your planters. You shouldn’t have to dip too far into the water although I double dipped (deeper and/or more shallow) just to test it out.

If you’re working with more translucent colors overlapping your rolls and dips can create a pretty cool effect but it doesn’t look as “traditional”. Also, if you choose to work with those types of polish be warned your planter(and its original color) will most likely show through. I had a couple areas where the yellows showed through but its part of my current color scheme so I was ok with it. I’d highly recommend doing a “tester” or starting with a planter your willing to love just a lil less(LOL!) until you get the hang of it.

If you’re really attached to your current manicure you may want to use gloves. Ive always been a bare handed painter and seem to have a different pallet in my palm after my DIYs… I cant be the only one!? I think it was easier to handle the planters without having the extra slip factor of gloves but again, to each his own! And if you to dive in sans gloves fear not, a little polish remover or acetone takes off any marbling remnants in just a few swipes. But just to be safe you might want a few paper towels on stand by.

In between rolls you’ll also want to clean the surface. Again, the paint sets up pretty quick so you should be able to pull any extras off in sheets. I waited maybe an extra 30 seconds and ran a toothpick over the surface to pick up the remnants.

Let your finished planters cure up for a day or at least overnight. If you have any areas masked off check a small section before removing. If any of the paint starts to peel up with the tape you can run a utility knife along the edge to get a clean pull. This only happened  in one area for me and the paint was super thick in that section.

Now enjoy giving your old planters some new life! I’m completely obsessed and cant wait to marble some more items in our loft. Im sure I’ll be back shortly with more marbled projects!

Have you already jumped on the marble train? Done any notable planter DIYs? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Copper Pipe Plant Stand

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I recently saw a meme that read: plant lady is the new cat lady. First, I think this is hilarious. Second, Im absolutely on a path to crazy plant lady. I love my plants and our loft is slowly being converted to jungle status. No regrets! But having all these plants and pots around the house means I’ve searched and shopped just about every plant stand I can. I’ve bought a few locally, ordered a few online, scavenged a few, and now of course Im starting to DIY a few. And I started with this awesome copper pipe plant stand.

When we moved this last time we had a LOT of supplies left over from our home renovation. Some items we gave away, others we have been able to sell, and still others are lingering. This was the case with the copper pipes. We had 2 lengths of pipe left over from a water heater project and I’ve been waiting for the right DIY project to use them up. Which is how these two dilemmas came to be the perfect solution: copper pipe plant stand!

If you search Pinterest for plant stand DIYs you will find them made out of every material imaginable. But after reading through a couple pipe specific tutorials I kept coming up with the same issue…. no one uses the the entire lengths of pipe! This seemed nuts to me so I adjusted the measurements slightly and came up with two plant stand sizes that both use the entire 5 foot lengths of pipe.

Copper pipe plant stand

Each plant stand requires:

-1 5ft length of pipe

-8 tees

-8 caps

Glue(optional)

I measured, marked and cut the following lengths:

For the original stand:

-4 pieces 2” for inner frame

-4 pieces 2.5″ for outer frame

-4 pieces 3″ for top support

-4 pieces 7.5″ for legs

 

For a taller/slimmer stand:

-4 pieces 2″ for inner frame

-4 pieces 2″ for outer frame

-4 pieces 3″ for top support

-4 pieces 8″ for legs

Once everything was cut I simply connected the pieces with tees and added the caps to the ends. I read a couple tutorials that used glue or crimping tools to keep everything together but my pipes and fittings were pretty tight already so I skipped this step. Obviously if the fittings are loose or separate easily using a bit of glue is necessary. Lastly, I polished the whole stand with a cotton rag and a mix of lemon and salt. This mix really brought a shine back to the copper and helped remove the last bits of sticker residue. With the stands polished they are right at home with all the rose gold in the rest of the bedroom.

The measurements for this DIY can be rearranged and adjusted to accommodate any pot size and/or pipe length which is super convenient! Once you get the basic shape of this down I promise you will start thinking of other possible versions! So what plant stands are you loving at the moment? Have you gone DIY on your plant stands yet? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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