I am NOT a green thumb. In fact, if it wasn’t for the ability of my peace lily to almost die and then spring back to life with the first drink of water in weeks, I wouldn’t have a single plant in my house. The past few years I have ventured outside to spruce up the front of the house and our deck in the backyard, gradually learning how to arrange and plant potted flowers. (You read right. I didn’t even really know how to put my purchased flowers in the dirt.)
Consistently, however, I forget about my blooming beauties, fail to water them sufficiently (if at all), and am sad to find them wilted, brown and shriveling. Part of my new morning routine is to water plants, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have a daily (written) reminder. My biggest problem, then, was that my only watering can was outside (and ugly and dirty). With daycare kids inside the house, it was inconvenient at best to go outside, FIND it, and then come in to fill it and water my one indoor plant and the few out on the front steps. I decided a cute indoor watering can was in order, and set out to find one.
I was at Menards for some other items and decided to see what they have. I fell in love with a larger one with gingham print (red or blue with white), but I couldn’t justify the $20 price tag for a watering can. My next choice was a smaller watering can in a solid color. I figured if I wanted to (and I did) I could spruce it up. I wasn’t finding a color I was completely sold on, until I crouched down and found this yellow one towards the back of the bottom shelf. I knew this was the one, and oh the plans I have for it! (I think this one was $5…score!)
I searched the internet for some inspiration to dress my watering can up, but the only thing I found that I liked was polka dots. Then I read a blog post (on I Heart Organizing, of course) where she shared her front porch redo. Jen painted a “5” on a planter since they have 5 people in their family, and numbers on decor and furniture is all the rage right now (have you noticed?). I decided a “3” would be cute for my watering can to represent my hubby, daughter and me, surrounded by polka dots. The “3” gave me another idea which I will share in a couple months!
My plan was to cut a stencil with my Pazzles like I recently did for a summer pennant project (coming soon), but that requires me bringing my Pazzles upstairs and running it when daycare kids aren’t napping (it’s noisy), and since naptime is my best time to get projects done, it wasn’t getting done at all. I finally decided in order to check one more thing off the list, I’d freehand paint it. (I apparently built up confidence in my painting abilities when we went to the Corky Canvas.)
|Gotta love a paint that color and named Love Bird!|
I made sure the watering can was clean, collected my paint and brush (from the daycare paint stash…no professional brushes here). I squired a bit of paint on a paper plate (because I was too
tired lazy to go downstairs and get my little plastic paint cups), and got to work! I pulled up Word and chose a “3” that I liked (used the Elephant font) and used that as a guide while I painted. I used a coral paint color because it works in my living room, looks great with the yellow, and can be used for the next purpose of my watering can (again, in a couple months I can reveal!).
The top half of the “3” went really well and I was so pleased with myself, but the bottom wasn’t as great. I kept going back over it to try and smooth out the lines, but as I learned in our painting class at the Corky Canvas, when I try to keep fixing I wind up making things worse! Overall it turned out fine (cute even) but I kind of wish I’d gone ahead with a stencil. Oh the perfectionist in me may be quite dormant but she is still alive.
Once the “3” was in place I went on to do the polka dots, just randomly placing them and paint freehand. I tried to keep the dots all the same size.
In addition to using this watering can for its intended purpose, I also think it will make a great floral container! A smaller version would be cute for art supplies, utensils, etc.
Do you have a watering can that you “dolled up” or that you use for another purpose? Please share!