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In my town we have one little Dollar Store. Actually it's called the Spanish Store. Because there are no dollars here in Greece. But everything sells for one Euro. So I would say it is the equivalent.
This month I was challenged by some blogger friends to come up with a project using dollar store items. Now our Dollar Store is pretty limited so I went there with a closed mind. But believe it or not I was able to come up with some pretty basic items to make an easy colorful fence with dollar store flowers.
At the end of this project you'll be able to see what my friends did with their dollar store finds.
What I used for this project:
Here is one of the most basic items you can find at the dollar store. A bouquet of 12 flowers. I was feeling rich so I bought 2 bunches.
This old lattice fence panel was left behind when my tenant left and neglected to pay the rent. Instead of rent I got this! As you know I am a positive person so I took a bad situation and turned it around. I would use this in my project and make it awesome! As awesome as awesome can be!
I found it outside and it had been out there for a few years. A good cleaning was in order. And I also needed to replace some of the wood because it had disintegrated. But all in all, it would work well for my project!
Because the wood was in very bad shape, I painted it using Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Oyster White. I always use the Safe Paint version which does not chip. Maybe one day I'll be brave and try the regular milk paint! ;)
I knew this fence would be placed outdoors so I wanted to know if this was a good paint to use. Would I need to spend more money? Did I need a protective coat? Because lets be honest, I may love my projects but I'm also super thrifty. I didn't want to have to shell out any more money for this project except for what I bought at the dollar store.
It turns out the Safe Paint is wonderful for outdoors. The wonderful folks at the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company were a big help in answering my questions. This light color once painted onto the porous wood was able to cure and bond like concrete! And because it's white I don't have to worry about water spots when it rains. That's just what I wanted to hear!
I painted one coat of it and then went over it lightly to get this weathered look you see below! I've alsoused oyster white on another project here.
Here it is all painted! And next to it are lemon tree branches that I picked up on my recent visit to the farm.
Using some thin wire I attached the panel to the top of the balcony rail.
I then cut the branches into clumps and randomly inserted them into the lattice panel slots.
So now because you know I'm a big spender I took out my faux flowers and pulled them apart. I used pliers because they were stubborn but you can also cut them off. And yes, I'm showing you a scissor in the photo, but it didn't work for me. The plastic holding the wire stems together was really tough.
The stem of the flowers is made of wire which I just bent into the shape of a hook and hung them up. Sort of like a backwards "C".
And for the final touch! A yellow tea light lantern that I had bought from the same dollar store last year! I hung it with a piece of wire.
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Now you're probably scratching your heads wondering why not put real flowers in there or have them grow from a pot and climb up. It is here that I have to hang my head in shame.
I cannot be that renaissance lady who does it all. I am totally incompetent when it comes to flowers and gardening. In fact I have a huge brown thumb... slowly inching its way to black!
In fact the only things that grows on my balcony are succulents and aloe vera plants. Oh and those weird pointy plants, the yuccas. You can see all of that here. They have all managed to survive despite my best efforts to do away with them. Oh yes, I know my limitations!
Sadly this is as good as it's gonna get for my balcony! But you have to admit those pops of red look pretty fantastic against the white and green! And they'll last all summer and maybe more which real roses don't do!
Here is a shot of my rose fence with the tea light lit.
I believe if you are not paying close attention that you might actually be fooled into thinking they are not fake. Aww, for a dollar I'm pretty impressed with them myself.
And that was my easy colorful fence made with dollar store flowers. I hope I have inspired and given you ideas for your summer outdoor space. And remember, aside from the dollar store, Old Fashioned Milk Paint is my best friend.
How is your green thumb? Would you consider coming over to give me some lessons?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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