This fall I bought a real live topiary.
It was a myrtle topiary and cost about $25.00.
I loved that lil' tree and babied it and tried my best to keep it alive.
But I got really sick in January and it didn't get watered as it should and sadly it died.
I did everything I could to bring it back to life, but no dice.
So, for now I've decided to go the faux route.
I found this cute topiary at Marshall's.
It was half the price of my live topiary and this one will last.
From a distance it even looks real. :)
One thing that bugged me though was the small plastic pot that it came in.
I felt it wasn't in scale to the topiary.
But at the same store I found a larger pot for only $2.99.
p.s. If you look out the window you can see my neighbor going to get his newspaper.
I really hope he didn't see me in my nightgown taking these photos.
I really like the texture and design on the pot, but not the color.
Now you can't tell so much in this photo because I took it next to a bright window,
but the pot was a very dark charcoal color.
So dark you didn't really notice the lovely detail on the pot.
I brushed on some watered down light gray paint
and used some watered down white on the raised detail.
I let in dry overnight and when I got up in the morning I was disappointed.
The pot still looked blah to me.
It's ok if you're rolling your eyes at me now.
~Slightly out of order photo~
Unfortunately the little plastic pot wouldn't fit inside my gray pot.
So I took a hammer to it.
My three year old son held the hammer with me and thought this was great fun!
I ended up applying clear, then dark Annie Sloan wax to the pot and
I finally achieved the look I was going for.
I feel like the wax brought out the texture in the pot and highlights the different shades of gray..
Hopefully you can tell the difference and I don't sound like a crazy person.
I love the fake dirt they are using in so many faux plants these days.
It really gives the plants a more realistic look.
I just had to glue the base of the topiary into its new pot and it was complete.
I am loving it!
I may try another live topiary this summer if I find one for the right price, but for now I'm pretty happy with my fancy fake lady.
p.s. If you look out the window you can see my neighbor driving off to work.
Boy, he is just determined to be in my topiary post.
What a diva!
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