A three-dollar pick-me-up

The weather has been unbelievably gorgeous here in North Texas over the past week or so—I’m talking sunny and eighty degrees. We wanted to get out and enjoy it last Saturday, so Ben took Quinn and me to Weatherford’s “First Monday” Trade Days. It’s a monthly outdoor flea market where you can buy used books, old glassware, broken electronics, beat-up furniture, random “antique” trinkets, farm tools, flags, homemade jewelry—your standard flea market fare. I was not in a mood to do the serious digging it would require to unearth a treasure at this particular market; I was happy just getting out for a walk, pushing Quinn in the stroller, enjoying the sunshine, chatting with Ben and sharing a raspberry lemonade. Until I spied the stall full of succulents—my little loves! This little guy looked just like one I had about a year ago, until one of our cats killed it—anyone know its name?

I tried to approach the vendor nonchalantly. “How much for these, ma’am?… Just three dollars?? I’ll take one!”

So I happily brought the little guy home and dug out an old pot from Ikea that was just sitting in a closet gathering dust. I thought the pot needed a little brightening up, so I decided to color-block it with some fluorescent pink spray paint I already had. Getting a straight paint line on a pot with sloped sides was a little tricky, so if you want to try this at home, here’s what I suggest:

  1. Measure two inches up from the bottom of the pot and place little pencil marks every few inches or so around the pot.
  2. Draw a light line in pencil connecting all the pencil marks. I used a cloth tape measure as a sort of “straight edge” to guide my lines.
  3. Tear off short pieces of painter’s tape (each about an inch long) and place them above your pencil line, being careful to very precisely line up the bottom edge of the tape with the top of your pencil line. Repeat until you’ve taped around the entire pot.
  4. Cover the remainder of the top of the pot, including the top edge, with painter’s tape.
  5. Put down some old cardboard or newspaper on your garage floor, place the pot upside down on the paper, and spray paint away!

As an alternative to spray paint, you could pour some acrylic or latex paint into a bowl or bucket and then dip the bottom of the pot into the paint. Either way, after just about an hour’s drying time, you’ll have a fun, colorful, revitalized pot on your hands. Do with it what you will.

I put my pretty new succulent in mine, so for a grand total of three dollars, I now have this happy little addition to my dining room table, brightening my days:

Let’s just hope I can keep the plant alive this time!

  • Christopher Tow

    Hello Ms. McCall,

    I admired your work in http://www.Houzz,com depicting
    usages of the “settee” in the home — especially
    in a “Kitchen- Breakfast Nook” area.

    Question about that picture’s contents:
    * WHERE is there a good selection of these “settees” —
    I need one 50″ (inches) left to right, for my breakfast Nook.
    ** What SIZE was that Eero Saarinen Round Table in that
    picture — was it 32″ inches in Diameter? 36? 40? even a 48?
    *** Lastly, WHERE can one buy — at reasonable cost — a
    “Saarinen table” of, say, 32″ inches in Diameter

    Thank you in advance, Chris Tow


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  • vanessa

    I love succulents and love that you posted this! I’m a painter by trade so I pretty much refinish paint everything I have! Great way of teaching others how to get a perfect line around a circular object!ReplyCancel

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