Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Do It Yourself: Gold Leaf Flower Pot and Ikea Hack!

I don't have much of a green thumb. What I am I saying? My plant survival rate is pretty bad, if I take a plant home the chances of it dying or getting eaten by the pugs are extremely strong. But this plant is special- this plant is my longest living plant.  This plant has survived college, Tim and I dating, us getting our first home and the birth of our daughter. I know this plant looks a little on the scrawny side but its the plant who lived.  This plant was in need of a new pot and I picked up this one at Ikea and wanted to add a little something extra. I used a gold leaf that is a two in one application because generally gold leaf you have to apply an applicator then apply the gold but the two in one is way easier and a lot less messy.

Supply List.
Ikea pot
Bristle Paint Brush
Gold Leaf
Painter Tape- if you don't have a steady hand.

Use the painters tape to tape of the areas you don't want gold.  If you have a steady hand then just paint on the gold leaf.  It takes about an hour to dry and I think it's the perfect home to my extra special plant.

Have you tried using gold leaf yet?

18 comments:

Molly {Dreams in HD} said...

oh my gosh, i am so so impressed you have kept your special plant alive for that long! it kind of becomes another member of the family, doesn't it? :)

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

Haha, yes! I thought I'd be great at having plants, but now that I live on my own I keep killing the two I had(one was thrown out weeks ago, the other probably soon)! So yesterday I bought a succulent;) I should be able to handle that.

This looks lovely by the way! The gold touches really turn it into something special<3

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cool idea! I adore IKEA hacks.

Hildi said...

Love it! Lucky plant :-) sounds like it has survived quite the life with you.

Lauren Michelle Major said...

I have not used gold leaf yet, but I want to! My plant survival rate is pretty abismal, too. I've killed cacti. This looks so beautiful, though! Maybe I'll try it small scale for some herbs.

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Hena Tayeb said...

never used gold leaf before.
that looks great.

Eva said...

It's very smart !! I send you my pot !
http://evaetsandra.com/vase-neo-kitsch-realise-avec-des-feves/
:)

Katrina Sophia said...

Lovely! I have used gold leaf back when I studied Scenic Art at the university. I remember it being quite fidgety to use but it wasn't a dealbreaker it adds a great effect to a piece so it is worth it!

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Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

did you see me buying (another) one of these pots at ikea this weekend? i love this so much. i am doing this today.

Cristiane Marino said...

Hi Erika,

Thank you for your visit! That drawing is really lovely, it is not mine, I found that image on pinterest but I couldn’t find out who is the author.
I love drawing and painting too, I always make some art when I am not working at my office.
your blog is so good! I’ll come back.

Indy said...

What a great way to spruce up a boring vase! Your finished product looks so pretty!

caffinatedlove said...

great idea! I love IKEA. ;)

love,
a

www.missdecaf.blogspot.com

Jennifer Prod said...

the plant that sticks by your side is the plant you gotta love -- decorating the vase is with gold leaf is a pretty good way to show your appreciation :)

Lauren said...

Great idea! Neel takes care of our plants, but it's up to me to make them work in the house. I might have to do this! ;)

Angela said...

Looks great! I just bought a bunch of plants in hopes I can keep them alive--that's all I ask! haha. i've also been doing ikea hacks left & right now that i live right near one!

Julia Barger said...

i love me a good ikea hack. this one's great! you really can't go wrong with gold leaf! :)

Mary Jo said...

That's such a great idea, it's hard to cover up an ikea product look not like an ikea product, so this is fun!
xo Mary Jo

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

This is so pretty! I love it!