1 day ago
Voilà! Necessary DIY project complete! . We have very few windowsills in your little house that we can pop plants onto and the rest of the house plants have to be popped onto sideboards and shelves, which work fine in the summer months when we have an abundance of daylight, but in winter, they really struggle with the distance from windows. So, instead of watching my Amaryllis wither and die, I decided to take charge and figured out that what we needed was a plant stand! There was some dead space by our newley (kind of (kind of being 3 years old)) fitted French doors but the space was tight and all of the stands I found were either totally not worth my cash or the wrong size/shape. I was about to give up when an insomnia fuelled Tuesday night led me to spending way too much time on pinterest . I scoured for plans of DIY shelves and came across an amazing video that had a link to the full plans (diagrams and measurements) on an online plant store blog ( @proflowers )! . Well! The next day, I headed to the hardware shop after work and bought no more than £15 worth of timber and came home. Joel has lots of power tools (that I don’t know the names of. There’s the cuttie thing, the saw thing, the portable saw thing and the screwdriver - all of which make a great deal of mess) which made light work of the project. Approaching it like I do with dress making, I measured out my prices (and measured twice!) then cut them all out. Then it was a case of glueing, screwing and tweaking together! The plans called for a wider width, but our space was about 25cm less so I adjusted the plan to make it work, as well as adding a bottom shelf. . Please excuse to dodgy paint work by our (not so) new French doors. We’re in the midst of a house renovation so the room is ghastly decorated, but that hopefully will be sorted in the spring. I will also give the stand a lick of paint when we have warmer days to match our new decor, but for now, I think it looks just fine! And I’m so happy the Christmas cactus that I’ve inherited from my grandmother has a spot right by my chair where I spend my morning in the sun trap with a coffee. . Merry Christmas houseplants!