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DIY Succulent Vignette



Hey there! I am back to share a simple gardening project with succulents that is as easy as getting your hands dirty!

succulent vignette by dandelion patina


Succulents are a favorite of mine. And they are not for the outdoors only.


They have a meaty/chunky/fleshy texture to them and…..


interesting colors and…….


body structures.


spiral aloe from world of


And don’t be surprised if some types make your eyes go buggy……

eye illusion of spinning

Can’t take your eyes off of it can you? Is it driving you nuts? The rest of the tutorial is much easier on the eyes.

I promise.

To start, I gathered a few succulents from a local garden shop. I am amazed at the varieties available. I also found a cute little ceramic egg crate at TJ Maxx. I thought it would make a very unique planter.

succulent vignette dandelion patina

Here are a few of the plants I incorporated into the vignette.

succulent vignette from dandelion patina

And another….

diy succulent vignette from dandelion patina

When removing each plant from the pot, lightly remove some of the dirt so that it will fit into the desired opening.

Great tip I learned……

succulent vignette from dandelion patina

use the cardboard tray given to you at the garden center as your prep space. It provides easy clean up if you are creating the project on a countertop or table surface.

Oh, and I almost forgot…this pretty little specimen….

succulent vignette dandelion patina

and finished in a vintage white container….

faux succulent by dandelion patina


Here is my succulent vignette a few months after being planted.

succulent vignette from dandelion patina


succulent vignette by dandelion patina


succulent vignette by dandelion patina


Overall, the container is doing very well. I have even propagated a few of the pieces from the above plant. It was easy peasy…snip off and stuff into the dirt!


DIY Succulent Vignette by Dandelion Patina


Hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. I am kinda snickering a little though….

….did I trick you? With what you ask?


Did you notice the faux succulent? Bonus points if you comment on which is the faux version!

Wall of Stripes No Tape Required

wall of stripes no tape required


We have all seen the abundance of tutorials on painting stripes on a wall and you ask why is this any different?


Well, first I have a question for you….

solids or stripes


I have always tried to muster up the courage to tackle painting stripes on a wall. There are some great tutorials out there such as here and here.

But, I knew it was going to be an immediate thumbs down right from the start.

thumbs down hand



Why do I doom myself from the beginning?

Our walls are highly textured. They have this thin coat of plaster mixed with sand. I am not a fan of it. Painting walls with a solid color is a major struggle to get good coverage. I can’t imagine adding striped details with tape to the mix. And this post from Michelle @ 4 men 1 lady about the truth on striped walls just confirmed my fears.


And that brings me to the second reason….

I have no patience for tape. I just don’t use it. The whole process of trying to get the tape off the roll, lining it up in a straight line, and making sure the tape sticks to the highly textured wall makes me well….lose my stripes!

zebra stripes and stress



Now, I realize I am not being a big promoter of painters tape such as Frog Tape. There have been many great reviews of the product and I have no doubt it is. So, if you have way more courage and optimism than I do, they have a great tutorial on painting textured walls using Frog Tape. Perhaps, one of these days I will get over my fear and get on the Frog Tape bandwagon.


I gotta tell ya though…even though I am a tape hater, I am a firm believer that walls need love. They need character added to them whether it be a gorgeous paint color, board-and-batten, shiplap, crown moulding or in my case a bit of screen stock.


Screen what you say?

Screen stock. It is a very thin piece of flat wood or millwork. You can find it in the millwork department at your local hardware store. It comes in lengths of 8′ and runs about $5 for each piece.



This was our process…

We used a great tutorial to measure out the width of the stripes from Beth at Unskinny Boppy. The Lazy Girls Timesaving Tips For Painting Wall Stripes. Hmm,  I am the first to say that maybe my post should be called the Lazier Girls Timesaving Tips. Bahaha.


Anyway, here is where you really need to pay attention

If you are planning on having a contrasting stripe to your walls such as white and black or gray and white, it is advisable to prime and paint the screen stock in the colors you are using prior to nailing on. Otherwise, you will be getting out that teeny tiny paint brush, pulling your hair out and wishing you would have used that Frog Tape! And depending on your preference, painting between the lines might be helpful as well.


striped wall with screen stock

For me though, I really didn’t want contrast on the walls. I did however, want some interest and texture. So, I did prime the screen stock first and then I just painted the walls entirely when finished.


Adding the screen stock:

We marked, with chalk, where the studs were located in order to properly nail the screen stock to the wall securely. We used a pneumatic nail gun for this process. Because our room was longer than the 8′ pieces of stock, we just butted the ends together and nailed while staggering the seams.


screen stock striped wall


One more important tip that we learned after the fact……

striped wall no tape tip

The screen stock will expand and contract with temperature changes. Make sure you leave a small gap on each end where the screen stock butts up to the wall corner. Otherwise, you will have buckling over time.

Office lounge at Dandelion Patina

So, now you ask me if I am a solids or stripes kinda gal?

I guess I am a little bit of both.

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How to repurpose a broken lamp

Hi everyone! I am back to share with you another great DIY how to project. I love repurposing pieces and…


we have all seen them-the lonely outdated lamps sitting on the shelves at thrift stores. Some of these lamps are still usable, but the two that were given to me by a friend were in pretty rough shape.


Let’s take a look at how to transform these pieces into some great coastal cottage home decor!


how to repurpose a broken lamp



I believe these lamps are Mid Century Modern style. Focusing on their positive qualities, I like that they are chunky and have some wood elements to them. They have potential!

Upon inspection of these lamps I noticed they had quite a bit of rust throughout due to water damage. The cords were also in rough shape and one, if not both, would definitely need to be replaced with an entirely new light kit.


mid century modern lamps


So, instead of keeping them as lamps I opted to try and repurpose them.

repurposing lamps how to

The first step was to disassemble the lamps. This was a pretty simple process. I just loosened a few nuts and clipped the cords. The bases needed to be sanded because there was quite a bit of sticky residue on the bottoms from the old felt. This took some elbow grease! It was a work out on my spaghetti arms I tell ya!

we can do it


Chalk paint candle holder

Once the hard work was completed it was time to paint! I wanted to give the pieces a beachy feel because I just love coastal cottage style. Any piece that reminds me of the sand and water is a winner in my book! I painted them in a soft bluish gray from CeCe Caldwell called Smoky Mountain Gray. I then sealed each piece with poly. As I added the poly the brush naturally distressed areas allowing the base colors to come through ever so softly. This gave the pieces a verdigris effect. I did the same to the wood bases.

using E6000 to adhere base

E6000 was my go to adhesive for this project.  I also used this adhesive in my DIY accent table project.

crate and barrel Tondo plates

I did some internet surfing for these babies! I needed a 6″ base to hold a 4″ to 5″ candle. I also wanted to have some symmetry with the wood base on the bottom. The Tondo plates were perfect! Each plate is made of acacia wood and the grain on each of these is one-of-a-kind. They also give that coastal vibe I was going for.

I adhered these to the top of the lamp with E6000 as well to create the area for the candle to sit on.

coastal style repurposed candleholder

And here is the finished project in all their beachy beauty! Budget-friendly and unique home decor at under 20 bucks!

What do you think? If you would like to see another repurposing project click on over to the how to project I contributed for From Gardners 2 Bergers.

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