Hey. So I pretty much fell off the internet for a few months there.
I mean, like ALL the internets.
Sometimes it’s like everything is fine and normal and then an event happens and suddenly it becomes a time to for deep self reflection and big kid decisions, and it sucks and it’s really hard, but also really important.
I wasn’t capable of focusing on external relationships, and I’m really sorry that I wasn’t available to support my blog friends for a while. I have a lot of blog posts to read.
I wasn’t really capable of doing much at all – especially projects around the house.
So when I received my modernica planter in the mail and the ceramic was severely broken, I kind of shrugged. I did send an email to the shop that I purchased it from, and they were super helpful and sent me out a new one (it took 2 months for that) and told me I could keep the broken one. I didn’t have much energy for it more than that though. It sat broken in the box that whole 2 months.
Anyways, I want to feel better and more like myself, so I fixed that motherfuckin’ broken planter.
OMG. AM I THE PLANTER?!
I bought some gorilla glue and did not read the instructions where it states to wet the surfaces and that it expands. I blame my internet provider for that one – I was on the phone with customer service trying to troubleshoot my broken internet while I glued it back together.
Whoops. It spread everywhere.
I used a putty knife and razor blades to scrape off the excess and then used sandpaper to rough up the rest of the surface and then wiped it down with some TSP.
The next part can be done for any basic terracotta planter for a quick change. I was inspired by this planter from CB2 – but not the price.
I picked up some Henry’s feather finish from Home Depot and mixed up a small amount and spread it on the planter with a joint knife, and it looked like a disaster initially.
It took 3 coats to smooth it all out – I just used my hands around the lip of the planter.
After giving it time to dry, I used 80 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander to smooth any bumps. After sanding, I cleaned the dust off with TSP and then hosed it off.
I had read on the internet about using muriatic acid to etch concrete. Since I had a bottle available (what? doesn’t everyone?) I figured that I would try it. I mixed it up 3:1 water to acid and sprayed it on with a little hand sprayer. It bubbled and then I washed it off with some baking soda/water mixture and then hosed it all down. It didn’t really do anything as far as the variation in the color? I guess it’s mostly to prep the surface for sealers. Which, I chose not to bother doing and left it raw.
And fixed planter! That snake plant is so much happier in a bigger planter. It was giving me major stank face for a while there.
I finally got my dining room fixture up. It took 6 months, and that’s a long story for another post.
This week has been pits of despair after the election, but I hope to continue to come back. I’ve missed you.