If you know me virtually and been hanging around my Instagram occasionally, you probably know I been having a proper love affair with succulents for many years now. I have a fairly big front and back garden which I’m always working on cause gardening is one of my biggest hobbies, but as I’ve probably complained about a million times before, the lack of sunshine and excessive wetness in the UK sometimes lead to indoor gardens! so apart from having a green room in my house, my office is also functioning as one and is full of my ever growing succulents collection. I tend to re-plant said collection every 5-6 month because it needs some plant-food, new soil, root cutting which helps the longevity of the plants, but mainly because I’m forever propagating them and adding new ones to the family.
On my recent re-planting I decided to move all my collection into terracotta pots (which are highly beneficial for plants as they let the soil breath) and while their natural clay colour is all kinds of nice, it does simply not match the colour scheme in my office… ding dong! what is that I hear? yes, it’s definitely the bells of lets-DIY-the-fuck-out-of-this project coming up!
Most of my office is on the pastel side, so I figured I’m gonna use this colour scheme to paint my terracotta pots and also add strokes of gold leaf which will act as a nice contrast to the strong greens of the succulents.
Here’s what you need to pimp your pots:
- Various sized terracotta pots & matching saucers
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes & sponge
- Gold leafs
- PVA glue
- Painters tape
- A cat (optional)
First, mix your colours and have them ready… you will need quite a lot so don’t go easy and mix enough for them to last a few coats.
Take your painters tape and mark all sorts of geometric shapes/lines on the pots.
Paint the pots and the saucers with two coats of paint, give at least an hour to dry between coats.
For a more interesting texture apply a third coat using a sponge brush, it will look awesome next to the smooth surface of the gold leaf shape.
Give all the pots & saucers a couple of hours for a final dry.
Carefully remove the painters tape from the pots to reveal all your geometric shapes.
With a small brush, gently apply the PVA into the shapes making sure you don’t get out of lines, we don’t want that gold leaf sticking to the paint!
Now here comes the annoying bit of the project; for those of you who’ve dealt with gold leafs before you probably need no introduction for how fiddly this stuff is to apply, but if you’re not familiar with it, fear not! Ima tell you all about it.
see, there are two types of gold leaf, the more expensive stuff which comes in pieces in a box and you need to apply with tweezers so gently as if your life depends on it – we are not dealing with this type… phew! we are dealing with the inexpensive shit, which is basically a bundle of sheets with a block of gold leafs between them which you can cut to your desire shape and apply onto the PVA. it is still quite fiddly and you need to be extra carful and gentle when messing with it – but it’s still significantly easier than the original leafs.
So, cut stripes roughly the size of your shapes and detach the leaf from the sheet.
Apply onto the PVA and press it gently with your fingers. as you’ve probably noticed, gently is a key word when dealing with the gold stuff!
Cut the corners or any leftovers with a cutter until the leaf sits inside the shape neatly. this process is a bit time consuming but ya know, put some music on and enjoy the ride :)
and there you have it, pretty isn’t it? ^_^