Welcome back to week #2 of the Curb Appeal Blog Hop 2016!
In case you’re new around here, or just haven’t visited in awhile, I’ll give you a quick recap. I’m participating in a 4-week mini challenge to transform the front porch of my home, together with the lovely Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane and a group of fun and talented bloggers! You can catch up on their work at the bottom of this post!
Last week we went over the plan and talked about what I hoped to finish in the next few weeks.
So, how did we do? Well, I think we are off to a good start! I’m super excited to be crossing an item off of my list – creating a wreath!
I love the idea of a living wreath but with a bit of a black thumb and a lack of time to maintain something like that, a living wreath didn’t seem like a great solution. I’m pretty sure a dead living wreath is the opposite of cool.
I came across an easy to follow tutorial for a large, simple, rustic wreath from Artzy Creations that used a wine barrel ring and faux succulents. It was gorgeous.. I loved the original! It was just perfect for my front porch and gave me the look of a living wreath without the hassle to maintain it and was large enough to make a big impact, despite how simple it is. The only problem was.. I didn’t have a wine barrel ring and I didn’t have time to order one! So, I went in a bit of a different direction.
Since I already had out the spray paint, I decided to make my own ring using a hula hoop and metallic paint in charcoal grey, brown and copper. I used the copper to lighting spray areas to look similar to rust spots.
I was lucky enough to find a hoola hoop with a flat edge – Walmart, 2.99 – and although the kids said it wasn’t great for hoola hooping, it was perfect for me!
I picked up some succulent picks and greenery stems at Joann’s – tip: buy your succulent picks at Target in a ready made arrangement, remove the picks and keep the container. It will cost you less to do this than to buy individual succulent stems!
Starting in the middle, I attached the largest, single succulents of the bunch using floral wire. I wrapped the wire around the stem then around the hoop.
I continued working outward up the sides, adding succulents and other greener, keeping it balanced on both sides, using floral wire and hot glue where necessary to secure the succulents.
When I was happy with the placement, I hung the wreath and continued arranging and touching up any spots before adding a burlap bow to the top.
I’m really happy with how it turned out and love how it fills the space while still keeping it simple!
In other news, we’ve finished painting the shutters and installed half of them. The rain wasn’t really cooperating for this job and I’m pretty sure our neighbors think we are nuts – apparently climbing ladders and installing shutters is frowned upon in the rain?
Evanston 17″ High Bronze Mesh Outdoor Wall Light @ LampsPlus
We’ve selected our new lights and are so excited that Lamps Plus has decided to sponsor this challenge! They had a great selection to choose from and we found something that was not only different from what we originally had but that we really love!
The chairs have been stripped and painted and are waiting to be re-strung.
At Home has also signed on as a sponsor for this challenge, and I’ve been doing a bit of shopping there as well! I completely crushing on this garden stool.
|Metallic Gold Brown Ceramic Garden Stool @ At Home|
And these cute chair cushions would be perfect for my finished chairs!
|Westphalia Coal Curved Back Seat Cushion @ At Home
All in all, not a bad start for the first week! One thing checked off the list at least!
Add thicker molding to doorframe
Paint garden stool
Add and plant planter boxes
Create house number plaque
Now be sure to stop by and check out some of the Curb Appeal participants. There is inspiration and curb appeal eye candy galore!
Simple Nature Decor Blog | Seeking Lavender Lane | The Deans List | Mom Home Guide | Curly Crafty Mom | My Life From Home | Lehman Lane | Knock it Off Kim | Paint Yourself A Smile | A Designer at Home | Our House Now a Home
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Pin for later: A Rustic Succulent Wreath