One thing I’ve learned about myself as a homeowner is that I like traditional layouts and everything to be in alignment. When something is “off” or out of the ordinary it tends to stump me. Case-and-point, our interior wall cutout in the kitchen.
Here’s a look at a few before photos and how it’s evolved over the years:
I always love showing the before photos from the inspection because boy do they make the afters look so satisfying!
For the longest time, I tried hanging a curtain of string lights which looked pretty cool at night but messy during the day.
At one point I contemplated leaving it bare, however, it was an invitation to be a dumping ground for random things and thus a clutter magnet.
After being in our house for almost four years I finally came up with a solution, and I’m super happy with how it turned out. I hung several macrame faux plants (couldn’t do real ones cuz of the weight) and aligned it with terracotta vases.
When I saw Alena’s pottery lined up in her wall cutout the lightbulb immediately went off in my head. 💡 I went down the rabbit hole of the #TrashToTerracotta hashtag that was originally started by Geneva Vanderzeil. The idea was so simple: add baking powder to your paint of choice and paint to give it that pottery look and feel.
It’s one tablespoon of baking power to each cup of water based, acrylic wall paint to create this matte ceramic look and it works on glass, glossy surfaces and so much more!– Geneva Vanderzeil
The cupboard above my fridge was filled with old vases and this was the perfect way to give them purpose.
I set them all out so I could figure out the order I wanted them in. Then I picked out my colors and got to painting!
I chose five colors (Terra Cotta Clay, Flowerpot, Canyon Dusk, Glazed Pot, and Swiss Coffee) and got them in sample paint pots which were plenty of paint for all the vases. All of them were by Behr from Home Depot.
A few didn’t turn out so well since I was trying to figure out my brushing technique. I originally started out with a foam brush but I found a traditional paintbrush worked best.
I hit up my local thrift store to snag some new vases to replace the ones that didn’t make it.
This is what puts the “trash” in the #TrashToTerracotta project. Taking someone else’s trash and turning it into a treasure. 😊
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