4 Ways to Treat Your Houseplants Well

Plants serve so many different purposes within a home and ultimately bring life to whatever space they inhabit. Over time I’ve grown to truly appreicate my plants and have found that when I’m kind to them, they’re kind to me. Here are a few tips I’ve learned since becoming a plant parent that I think might be helpful to you! After the tips you can find links to shop the resources!


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Feed Them

Fertilize plants once a month during the growing season (typically spring to early fall). During the dormant season you might not need to fertilize or you can fertilize periodically.


Find a Resource

Find a houseplant book you love and learn from the experts. Plant books typically give tips and recommendations regarding sun, waterting, soil, etc.


Give Them a Little TLC

Don’t forget, plants are living things and they need to be treated as such. Some plants are easy going and others need a lot of attention.

  • Dust their leaves
  • Remove damaged leaves
  • Prune branches
  • Rotate them periodically
  • Repot as needed

Give Them Somewhere Nice to Live

If possible, take your plant out of the nursery pot and plant it in a new planter! Many plants come in small pots and in many cases might need to be potted in a larger planter. Whenever possible purchase planters with drainage holes and if that’s not possible, drill a hole if you can.

Need to Fill a Large Wall? Make this DIY Letter Ledge.

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I love our formal living room, but it’s been one of the hardest rooms in my house to decorate because it’s so big and it has a rather large main wall.

After almost 2 years of living with the room completely unfurnished I decided to buy some furniture, and install some built in bookshelves. But even with all that effort and decor, there was still something missing. The room was missing some type of art or object to go on the wall. I didn’t want large scale art so I ended up settling on a large letter ledge instead.

I’m not a HUGE fan of quotes but this letter ledge has actually been one of my favorite additions to the house. I love that I can change out verbiage to adjust to the mood of our home (it’s also great for holidays and birthdays).

This DIY has about 10 minutes of hands-on time and is easy to install.

Supply List:

Directions

Start by staining or painting the trim/moulding. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Once the trim is completely dry, drill a few holes into each strip of trim (I drilled 6 equally spaced holes per strip of wood).

Using your nails and hammer, attach the trim directly to the wall (Because the trim is so light, it can be attached directly into drywall).

Once the trim is attached to the wall you can add the letters on top of the ledge and you’re all done!

Transform this play kitchen into the kitchen of your (kid’s) dreams!

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I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve been planning this play kitchen makeover from the moment my daughter was born. I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and have dreamed about the day my daughter and I could play pretend together. It’s amazing to think that my daughter is now a toddler and is ready for her first kitchen!

I used the SPISIG Ikea kitchen for the foundation of this project. From there I used peel and stick tiles, paint, and a little bit of lumber to turn this play kitchen into the kitchen of my… I mean, my daughter’s dreams. I’ve linked all my sources throughout the post.

Backsplash and Marble Countertops

The SPISIG kitchen does not have any type of backing behind the sink so from the start I knew I wanted to add in a backsplash. I used hardboard and cut it to size and then added some beautiful peel and stick hexagon tiles.

I love the look of marble countertops and was able to replicate the look by attaching Marble Contact paper directly to the countertop!

SHOP THE BACKSPLASH AND MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

Paint

There’s MAGIC in paint. I painted almost the entire frame of the kitchen as well as the oven and cabinet doors. I also painted the faucet and sink. With a project like this one, it’s important for there to be a high level of durability. My hope is that the effort I put into protecting the paint will help keep chips in the paint at bay.

SHOP THE PAINT

Open Shelving and Slat Lower Shelf

To create the open shelves I cut down a pine 1×4 and then sanded and stained it. To install it to the kitchen I added in pocket holes and then screwed the shelves directly into the upper kitchen frame.

I love the slat trend that’s happening right now and I knew I wanted incorporate it into the play kitchen. For the slats I purchased lattice moulding, cut it down to size, sand stained it. I attached it to the bottom shelf using brad nails.

SHOP THE SHELVING AND SLATS

Styling

Styling the play kitchen was so fun. I loved finding and making miniature items to add to the countertop and shelves. The mini charcuterie boards were so fun to make (you can find the step by step directions outlined HERE in a recent blog post). I loved pulling out my sewing machine to make a couple dish towels. I used some wood trim to build a cute frame and had my daughter paint the art to go in the frame. I also loved finding cute little items to tie it all together.

SHOP AND DIY THE STYLING