Striped Pots and a Q&A Free-For-All

Hello and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a grand weekend! We had proud parent moments watching our son in his piano recital, followed by back-breaking yard work. I am so covered with bug bites I had to verify with my mom that I’ve had the chicken pox. But having the backyard ready for pool season is worth it. I think.

During most of my visits to the hardware store, I wander down the spraypaint aisle to see if any new colors or products have been released. I’m not sure if it’s new, but Rustoleum’s Specialty Farm Equipment line recently caught my eye. Since it’s meant for outdoor machinery that is subjected to serious wear-and-tear, not to mention the elements, I figured I was safe to try it on outdoor flower pots, too.

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I grabbed an interesting looking succulent, a can of paint in ‘John Deere Yellow’, and one of the many Ikea ceramic pots floating around my house.

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After taping off the top portion, I covered the pots with three light coats of paint. It has a super high-gloss finish, giving it a hard lacquered look. I’m crazy for the intense yellow hue, and this line touts it’s excellent color retention, so it shouldn’t fade under the sun’s rays.

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My succulent love-affair continues…I have no idea what variety these are, I choose based on shapes I like. The bottoms of the pots are lined with rocks to provide some drainage.

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These sweet pots are adding so much sunshine to our backyard. And yep, they’re sitting on my new potting bench I posted about here. Hoping to get the rest of it put together and I’ll show you soon.

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And in other news, the 2-year anniversary of Hi Sugarplum has snuck up on me! I can’t believe this thing, started as a hobby and creative outlet, has become such a huge part of my life. And that’s because of you guys! I treasure the relationships I’ve formed, the opportunities I’ve had, and all I’ve learned from this amazing, giving, and accepting community. *”Kumbaya, my Lord, kumbaya”* I kid. I’m so grateful that you stop by, even if you just lurk.

I realize this forum doesn’t lend itself to much of a two-way conversation, so I thought I’d open things up to you. Do you have any questions for me, bloggy, personal or otherwise? Projects or post topics you’d like to see covered or shown more often? The sky is the limit, I promise to try and answer all the questions, unless they’re oogie. Well, some oogie questions might be fun. This feels highly narcissistic, but I love getting to know the real people behind the blogs I love, so I’m hoping maybe you do, too. So come on, open the flood gates! Leave your questions in the comments, or shoot me an email. Or make me feel like a total chump and leave me nothing. Your choice. šŸ™‚

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