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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Painted Pot

After looking at this special plant grow and grow in its container for years I've finally decided to take the plunge and move it to a bigger pot.  You see this plant is very special to me because one of my students gave it to me my first year teaching during Teacher Appreciation week.  I had a very "tough" class, mainly the boys, and this boy (Ben) was one of the sweetest, kindest boys there could be.  I remember him walking into my classroom with a big smile and red cheeks from embarrassment and he handed me the plant, all the while his mom was standing at the door grinning.  I have not wanted to make the move to a new pot because I'm afraid I'll kill it!  It's been through a move and no longer sits in a window in my old kitchen but on the island in my new kitchen.  I stopped teaching when I had my daughter 4 1/2 years ago.  This plant is 7 years old.  I love it.

I decided I wanted a pot that went with my kitchen, of course.  I wanted one with black and cream.  I bought a terra cotta pot, black and buttercream acrylic paint and a stencil.  This project was actually quite simple and didn't take too long at all.  The paint dries really fast.  The longest part was painting the stencil.  Since I was painting cream over black I painted two coats.  I probably could have used three but I have two kids screaming to play so I stopped at two. :)  I'm not the best painter but I'm not looking for perfection.  After the paint dried I sprayed the pot with a clear coat for protection.


I turned the pot upside down to paint

I traced the stencil with a pencil then painted.


New pot with plant! 
(sorry it's dark)


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