my kitchen renovation took over my life for the past few months. This renovation has required several trips to Ikea and way back when, during a particular trip in July, I fell in love with a mini tabletop greenhouse. My sister discouraged me from buying it at first because she kept insisting we should wait until our kitchen was finished to buy decorative items. But finally, during our most recent trip to Sweden's greatest gift to us, she caught me lusting after it again and told me that I was obviously in love with that thing and I should just get it. Hoorah. Great decision.
I decided I wanted to use it to house some fresh herbs that could be used year round. Over the spring and summer, we grew basil, lemon thyme, parsley, and sage in our garden and with the weather turning colder, it was the perfect time to dig them out of the ground and plop them indoors. I bought some terracotta planters and matching dishes from Home Depot.
The planters looked okay as is, but I was bored and decided to paint them. After a bit of mulling, I decided white and gold would look pretty with the greenery and would look nice inside of the mini greenhouse.
-terracotta planter(s) (choose an appropriate size for your plants)
-acrylic paint (I chose gold and white)
-acrylic spray sealer
+ indoor potting soil
+ mini greenhouse (optional, duh)
I didn't paint the bottoms - because who's going to see them? - but I did paint inside the lip of the pot just a bit. Once the herbs are planted, the majority of the inside of the pot won't be visible but I didn't want there to be an awkward line where the paint just stopped.
Let this dry for at least 24 hours before planting anything in the pots. You need to give the sealer time to set and also time for the fumes to blow off so that your precious greens don't end up poisoned.
This is my finished and coated planter. What do you think? Cute, right?
I used an indoor potting soil (not topsoil) and carefully uprooted my plants and carefully potted them. Topsoil is meant for outdoor use and is meant to supplement the soil in your outdoor garden. Potting soil is meant to provide a whole separate environment for your plants as close to the outdoors as possible so it has more nutrients and drains a bit better. This also means potting soil will need to be replaced every so often.