I hope you guys all had a long and happy Labor Day weekend. About this same time last year, I was lucky enough to do a review for a Florida craftsman and Houseplants.com. I received a wooden herb garden and a year later, I still love it.
When I first got the herb bed, the weathered wood was a similar color to our house color and I decided to paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I had no idea what to expect from the paint given it would be exposed to so many outdoor elements.
I used black craft paint to stencil the words Farm Fresh Herbs on the side. I sealed with polyacrylic because at the time I thought I would leave it under the porch.
But when we decided to bring the table and chairs from the back porch to the front porch, the herb box was even more exposed to the elements. This is how it looked yesterday morning. Granted, it’s not as fresh as it was a year ago but given it rains here almost every day during the summer, the temperatures can easily reach 99 degrees and the humidity is enough to make you want to stay inside June-September, I would say the chalk paint has held up pretty well.
Unfortunately, the herbs that were in the herb garden haven’t been so lucky. The summer weather has been really hard on them.
I wanted to give the entire box a quick update so over the Labor Day weekend, we headed to Lowes to check out the plants in the garden center. The good news is they had plenty of mums. The really good news is that I found Salvia for $3 each on the clearance racks. I know right, so crazy!
I replanted each herb in a different pot and planted the Salvia in the herb box. I know it’s not technically an herb but they do look like lavender if you squint really hard. After the Salvia was planted I realized just how weathered the herb garden looked.
I decided to give the herb box a quick wash of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I figured it held up well for a year, I’m totally willing to give it a try for another year. I used as light a wash as possible on the front so I could still see the Farm Fresh lettering.
Here’s a look from the side.
Can you guys believe these were $3 on the clearance rack? I was so excited to find them. In fact, I kinda want to go back and buy the rest. I know what’s on the clearance rack is different in each store, each region and town but give yours a check the next time you’re in there. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find a bargain too.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share a natural way to clean and condition vintage cutting boards.