DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

So, I just did a quick headcount of all our current living houseplants, and here’s what I came up with: 28. That number is positively insane for me to comprehend considering the fact that, when we moved into this house four and a half years ago, all of our plants (except our fiddle leaf fig) were fake. And I didn’t even have many of those either. There’s just something about the light in this house that allows plants to really thrive, I guess!

It all started with our fiddle leaf fig. If you’re new around here or if you’ve forgotten, I bought that little tree on a whim from Ikea about eight years ago. Back then, I knew it was going to die, but I figured I’d get some good pictures of it and be able to immortalize it on the blog. Instead of dying, though, it somehow survived, even with the meager natural light our old townhouse used to get. Then we moved to this little retro ranch with its treeless lot and south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows, and our fiddle took off. It has since reached the ceiling of our living/dining room twice, and has been trimmed for propagation once. We’ve also added three more fiddles to our collection!

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

Long story long, my fiddle leaf fig success gave me the confidence I needed to try other plants, and thanks to lots of trial and error, I’ve amassed the type of houseplant collection that I used to envy in other people’s houses.

The truth about taking care of a houseplant collection, though, is that it ain’t cheap. The most I’ve ever spent on a plant is $50 (our rubber plant), and I just spent over $25 a pop on a couple of small mail order plants from Etsy since we can’t comfortably get out to the nursery in person anymore due to the state-wide lockdown. It’s an investment, but over the past few years, I’ve gotten really into propagation, which has allowed me to essentially grow a new plant collection for free.

Right around the time that our “Stay At Home” restrictions went into effect here in Virginia, I placed an order for all the supplies to make my own propagation stands—a DIY assignment my editor at Hunker had given me. At the time, I had no idea that I was about to be locked inside for months without access to plant shops, so it feels almost like that Amazon order I placed was meant to be. The supplies showed up at my door, and I spent the first few days of lockdown happily crafting away at my basement workbench.

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

You can find out how to make your own stands using a spade bit, glass test tubes, and wood blocks over on Hunker where I’m sharing the full DIY breakdown, and while over there, be sure to check out my list of propagation tips. I tried to simplify it as much as possible in case you’re looking to make new houseplants from those that are doing well in your collection.

In the eight weeks since my plant cuttings have been propagating in water, I managed to successfully grow fresh roots on Golden PothosSucculents, a Fiddle Leaf Fig trimming, Brasil Philodendron, and English Ivy. I also found out that you can “regenerate” the cut root ball ends of Green Onion using a propagation stand in your kitchen window!

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

How to regrow green onion root balls in your kitchen window

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

I mentioned a little bit earlier in this post about grabbing a couple of new live plants from Etsy—I got a pilea plant and also a calathea, both of which are newbies for me, so wish me luck. I decided to try them out because I read that they’re non-toxic to pets. Speaking of, I’m going to share a whole post later this month or next about how to keep your pets from eating your plants (and which ones you shouldn’t keep within their reach at all) because it’s one of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been getting on Instagram lately.

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

Anyway, make the leap over to Hunker here for the full scoop and DIY propagation station tutorial, and let me know in the comments here what your favorite houseplant is to keep at home. Have you ever tried propagating before?

DIY Wood and Glass Propagation Station

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ORC Week Two: Bathroom Inspiration

Modern colorful bathroom makeover

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Weeks 5 & 6Week 7 | Week 8
(FYI that links will “go live” one at a time as the event progresses)

Thanks for following along with my role as a guest participant in this season’s 8-week extended One Room Challenge event! If you’re new to Dream Green DIY, hop over here to find out a little more about me. You can click those links above if you need to catch up with this year’s progress as we refresh our downstairs hall bathroom, otherwise, keep scrolling to see what’s next in this room renovation.

It’s mood board time! I usually love to save Week 1 of ORC just for “before” photos and Week 2 just for the mood board. I know it kind of drags things out a bit, but I think it’s important to really study and ruminate on those before photos. It’s where the space started, after all, and focusing a whole week on those old pictures and memories gives me a chance to prepare mentally (and physically!) for all the big changes to come.

Week 2, though, is when I go into detail about the plans I have and my vision for our One Room Challenge space. This spring 2020 challenge, in particular, offers even more of an excuse to draw things out, if I’m being honest, since it’s a longer event (8 weeks instead of 6). I hope you don’t mind the step-by-small-step format, but I’m excited to take you guys along for the “real time” ride. Now, let’s get to those plans, shall we?

Modern colorful bathroom makeover

More Bold Color

Okay, so the main thing is color. As in, I want to add lots more of it. I don’t plan on painting all of the walls because it’s a super tight space, and I think the white walls we already have painted help give the room a feeling of spaciousness. The white color we used, by the way, is called “Snowbound” by Sherwin Williams. I do want to bring in a pop of rich color, though, to help make the room stand out. I’m pulling almost all of my inspiration from this room makeover by Dabito, of Old Brand New. I’m using the same exact Behr “Forest Edge” green paint that he did, and just on the sink wall to turn it into a feature. I’m also pulling in some brighter art and potted plants to give the room more life.

Cohesive Black Finishes

One of the many things I think I did badly when I renovated the room a couple of years ago was that I didn’t narrow my finishes. I used a black framed mirror, a gold light fixture, and nickel hardware on the vanity, countertop, and in the shower. It felt more modern than where we started, but after living with the room for years, I know I made a mistake by not keeping those finishes more uniform. I’m not changing the nickel shower fixtures because that’s not in my budget (and I feel like they kind of fade away against the white tile anyway), but I am going to replace the sink faucet, cabinet hardware, and vanity light with black ones to help things feel more cohesive. I think these changes will also help make the cool black tile in the shower sing!

Updating The Vanity

The final big change I’ve been putting off ever since we moved in is painting the dated wood vanity. I’m a huge proponent of leaving stained wood as-is, but this is one of those rare times when it would just look so much better painted. The good news is that, after doing a bit of deeper investigation, I found out the wood vanity is made entirely of thin particle board, so it’s not like I’m painting over something super high quality. Again, since the room is so small, I want the vanity to disappear in a way, so I’ll be painting it a purple-y gray color using chalk paint (Behr’s “Pale Sepia”) to help it coordinate better with the purple-y white granite counters we put in a couple of years ago. Sorry for the terrible mock-up above, but it really does help give me confidence in my final decision to paint the vanity!

Are you excited to watch these changes unfold?! I hope so! Things kick off in high gear next week with the vanity painting project, so check back in next Thursday, same time, and make sure you visit the One Room Challenge event website hosted by Linda, of Calling It Home, for even more design inspiration. Thanks for following along!

Modern colorful bathroom makeover

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