Gather your supplies
- Timber display cabinet
- Black spray paint
- Timber wax
- LED strip grow lighting
You'll also need
- Masking tape
- Kraft paper roll
- Detail sander
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Clean lint-free cloths
- Drop sheet
For you to note
The glass door panels are removed to allow air flow around the plants. Dispose of carefully or reserve for another DIY project.
Use a screwdriver to prise off moulding on cabinet doors and remove glass. Take out shelves and brackets.
Cover mirrored back and side glass panels with tape and Kraft paper.
Sand cabinet with a detail sander. Clean with damp cloth and leave to dry.
Lightly spray paint cabinet and door hardware, let dry, then apply a second coat. Let dry. Remove paper.
Apply timber wax with a cloth for a deeper colour and soft satin finish.
Return the shelves, then install strip lighting according to instructions.
How grow lights work
Grow lights mimic sunlight by emitting the full colour spectrum not included in normal lighting – including red and blue. This promotes photosynthesis, which is how plants turn light into the energy they need to grow.
You can get them as strips with a sticky back or as a standard lamp, as fluorescent tubes or halogen or LED bulbs, and as battery or electric powered.
Paint your pots
Give terracotta pots a paint job and use them for your indoor plants.
- To create a textured finish, mix 1/4 cup bicarb soda with 1 cup primer and apply to pot with
a paintbrush. Let dry.
- Apply a coat of Dulux Chalk Effect Paint with a paintbrush. Let dry.
- Rub back top coat with fine-grit sandpaper to let base coat show through for a distressed paint effect.
Add indoor plants
Allow trailing indoor plants, like sun-loving string of beans (Senecio radicans) – aka string of bananas - to spill from the shelves of your cabinet.
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