This weathered, crusty planter is an excellent example of a good intention:
I think I paid a quarter for it at ReStore last autumn. After bringing it home, I gave it a good scrubbing and filled the cracks with Spackle. I even took the "before" picture! And then it sat on the floor of my basement studio, unfinished for months.
I finally got tired of stepping over it last week, and the dining room table was looking pretty bare after the holidays. It was all the motivation I needed to finish it.
Too keep it from looking too flat, I painted it with a mixture of black and bronze craft paint and dry-brushed it. It's finished with several coats of glossy acrylic sealer.
I used what I had on hand to fill it, focusing only on color and texture. Never mind that a real hydrangea probably wouldn't be happy with a container with hens and chicks.
I found the iced unripe pomegranates on clearance after Christmas. I liked their color, so I tucked them in with the pine cones.
My favorite find last Christmas was these juniper picks I found at a local home decor store. Since I usually shop the big chain craft stores with their sales and coupons, I hated paying full retail price for them. But as the fake stuff goes, they were too lovely to pass up.
Good Intentions = 1. One less unfinished, neglected item lurking in the basement. What a great feeling!