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Ultimate Upcycle Challenge…

February 26, 2016

I’m so excited to have been invited to be a part of the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Planted! A sustainable design project created to raise awareness and funds for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Planted challenged nine local influencers to each upcycle pre-loved items from the Calgary ReStore into a unique planter, using only a mystery box of Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada products and a $50 design budget. Each entry will be exhibited and then auctioned off at the Calgary Home + Garden Show, happening February 25-28, 2016 at BMO Centre & Corral Stampede Park. 100 per cent of auction proceeds directly benefit the Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta and its local affordable build projects.

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For my upcycle challenge planter I worked with a piece of crown moulding seen across the picture above, the glass from a hanging light fixture and a cabinet door that is propped up there next to me, from the Calgary ReStore… As soon as I came across the glass I knew what I wanted to create!… though I could have walked around there for hours looking at all of the incredible building supplies and furniture!… I might have purchased a gold birdcage while I was there 🙂

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When I busted open my mystery box I squealed with delight… there was a GOLD spray bomb in there! Wheeee! The gold gods were looking down upon me 😉  Here is a shot of the items that I used on my planter… there were some additional colours and products along with these, but these were just the ones that I needed for my planter!…

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I got started by cutting down the crown moulding to create a platform for the light fixture turned bell jar… the ends of each piece of moulding were cut as if it they were going to fit together to create outside corners… and the four pieces were cut to the exact same length…

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While at the ReStore I eyeballed (eyeballing is similar to Lacey Math) the piece of crown moulding that I liked the most… and figured that I had enough to make the platform… I had just enough to make the platform!… *fewf*

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To build the platform out came the wood glue and air nailer!…

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After applying the glue I carefully lined up the pieces and then tacked them into place… *pew pew pew*  Thats my air nailer sound by the way.

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*pew, pew, pew*

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I worked around the platform piece by piece gluing and nailing… *pew, pew, pew*

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Once the platform sides were built I measured the opening in the top… The cabinet door that I picked up would become the top of the platform and sit flush with the top edge of the moulding… the cabinet door was an MDF door with a faux wood coating…

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I peeled the faux wood away which left me with a rather clean, smooth piece of MDF as the platform top!… once the cabinet door was cut to size the edge of the faux wood finish was incredibly easy to  and peel back…

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To make sure the platform was well built I use 7-8 nails per corner… the moulding was rather large at just over 5″ tall… to hide all of the little nail holes I filled them up with wood filler… I also filled the seams to make the platform seamless…

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After filling I set the platform aside to dry…

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As the wood filler was drying I got to work on the metal pieces that were a part of the bell jar… after a good cleaning I hit the pieces with the primer… The metallic has a primer built in but I like a nice white prime under my gold spray…

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*bling* primed and ready… to see the finished gold product keep scrolling down!…

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Once the filler was dry I gave it a light sanding to smooth out any roughness and to remove any excess filler…

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Then I got to work painting the platform with the Chalked paint… I always love my white painted projects nice and opaque… I gave this bad boy three coats with a light sanding in between to help reduce brush strokes… I also used a thin very smooth synthetic brush to apply the paint as I find the particular brush leaves the least amount of brush strokes…

After painting I followed up with two good coats of the Chalked Matte Clear, with the same thin, smooth brush, to finish off the platform… the matte was perfect!…

Version 2

On top of the platform, inside the bell jar, I placed an asparagus fern that I planted a moss ball planter… if you’d like to learn how to make your own moss ball planter check out this link here!

My finished upcycle challenge planter can be seen in person, and you can bid on it right now, at the Calgary Home + Garden show until end of day Sunday! So tell me… what do you think!? I’m going to be spending time at the Home + Garden show tomorrow so if you’re not in Calgary check back here after tomorrow and I’ll have a photo of the piece setup at the show!




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  • kathay February 29, 2016 at 3:26 am


  • Joni Solis February 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Totally Delightful project that you did so well!!! Do you have the moss ball sitting right on the white base or in a clear glass dish? Thanks!

    • Lacey Haskell February 29, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Joni! I’ve got the moss ball sitting on a little china saucer! 🙂

      • Joni Solis March 1, 2016 at 10:38 am

        Thanks for the added info, go to know. By the way, can these moss balls last for a good while? Do you have to keep trimming the main plant to keep it the right size — leaves, branches, roots? Thanks!

        • Lacey Haskell March 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

          They sure can! Google Kokedama!… Trimming the plant should help keep its size down… as it grows you could create a larger moss ball!… that would be fun! 🙂 GIANT PLANTS IN GIANT MOSS BALLS! Audrey says “feed me Seymour!” hehehe

          • Joni Solis March 1, 2016 at 11:38 am

            Thank you Lacey!

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