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This or That: DIY Succulent Pots

Does anyone else get into color kicks? Let me explain. You see a color and/or combination. You start to pin a bunch of things that reflect this. You start to buy things and notice, “hey, this is the same color I’ve been obsessing over!” Slowly, but surely you realize that your apartment, clothes, accessories are all orange, or blue, or black and you can react in one or two ways: 1. Change – you begin to say, “No more [insert color here].” 2. You embrace it. You realize you struck gold.

I am out of denial. I realized that a lot of my accessories are in this orangey-red color. I don’t hate it. I’m not sick of it. But, I think I want to transition to more of a classic look. The cycle is repeating and I’m gravitating towards white, black, and pops of metallics. Do I sound like a broken record? If I do I’m sorry!

So here is today’s dilemma. Do I take the first way: Change. Or do I embrace it? Today I present an example of this – my succulent pots.

This is what they currently look like:

DIY: orange + gold succulent pots

Cute right? Well, one got a makeover and now I can’t decide. If I add 1 more coat of paint there is no going back. So do I try for black + gold? Behold:

DIY Black + Gold Succulent Pots

What do you think?

this or that by bedsidesign

Help me choose! Leave a comment with your favorite color combo and the majority wins!

I would also like to state that I bought these succulents back in June. That’s right – they are still alive. I finally found an apartment plants thrive in! 

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DIY: Ombre Coasters!

Our apartment has white walls and rose/beige carpeting throughout so needless to say it is screaming for some color. I certainly don’t have a problem with color. The last apartment still had all the original woodwork [moldings, floors, doors etc.] so it looked really heavy and drab. I tried to spruce it up with a lot of white accents to make it appear bright and cheery [I’m still not sure if it really worked so don’t quote me on this!]. Now that we are in a white, boxy apartment all my white decorative accents are blending into the walls. JoAnn’s put their acrylic paint on sale [who can resist a sale on acrylic paint?] so I stocked up on some new colors  for DIY projects. The first projet I would like to share is extremely easy and cost-effective. You can make 5 coasters for under $10!

DIY Coaster project by bedsidesign

Home Depot sells individual tiles that are extremely cheap. We picked 5 tiles for $0.40 each. To make sure that the tiles won’t scuff or scratch your furniture purchase self-adhesive bumpers. We found a pack for about $3. We put six on for each coaster.

The four paints used in the DIY coaster project by besidesign

A DIY project for ombre coasters by bedsidesign

You can leave the tiles as is or you can decorate them. I love ombre patterns so I knew that these would look great in the accent colors I’m using in our living room/dining room. At JoAnn’s I picked up 4 colors to go with this project: one metallic gold, one white, and two colors an orange and bright red. Each paint was about $0.40 on sale. I mixed the colors up and painted each coaster, let them dry and painted a second coat.

Affordable DIY coaster project by bedsidesign

I think they look pretty great stacked and unique as individual coasters. The texture of the stone tiles mixed with the colorful hues has a really modern feel.

Stacked DIY ombre coasters by bedsidesign

What do you think? Are you working on any DIY projects?

DIY – Hanging On My Walls: Paint Chip Artwork

I love creating low-budget artwork for our apartment. I was really inspired by Apartment Therapy‘s “Use Paint Chips to Create Wall Art” a couple of months back and thought it was a great  DIY idea. Ian and I took a trip to our local Goodwill and snatched up a bunch of frames for $0.99 – you can’t go wrong with that. We also made sure to stop by Home Depot to “pick out paint….chips” and  I left with a purse full of colors.

This is a picture of paint chip art by bedsidesign.

We naturally both gravitate to oranges [thank goodness we agree since orange is such an intense color] so in the end we chose a color palette based on orange. I love the juxtaposition of our white and black frames. I didn’t want to get matchy-matchy so I intentionally chose different types of paint chips. I also experimented with taking more of an abstract approach – no straight lines – more of an organic assembly.

This is a picture of paint chip art by bedsidesign.

The total cost for this project: $3 [this is a high estimate]. The great thing is if you want to add color but you don’t want to settle with one you can really create your own palette. You could also rotate colors seasonally. The possibilities are endless. I always make sure I grab some paint chips when I go into Home Depot. Check out the latest paint chips I picked up last week here and here. Does the last one look familiar?