Living On Air

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In Florida, anything that holds still, eventually turns black with mold. Sidewalks. Houses. Fences. My teak storage cabinet. Instead of trying to keep my cabinet perfectly stained, or oiled, or painted every year, I painted it 4 times over one weekend, using 4 different colors of Chalk Paint. Then I sanded it down with a mouse sander to reveal all the layers. The distressed finish, makes a stress-free finish. Instead of little imperfections that drive me crazy, it’s one big lovely imperfection.


IMG_9638All that mold growing capability also makes it possible to grow epiphytes. You’ve gotta love a plant that lives on air – like the Spanish moss that grows in old oak trees and makes them look like they’re sporting long silver beards. So delicate and graceful.

Contrast that with the big bold Staghorn fern. After seeing a massive specimen anchored in the crook of a tree at a local nursery  this little fellow followed me home. He sits on the shelf and lives on air. I don’t have to fuss over him or the storage cabinet.


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2 Responses

  1. Karla King December 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Love the cabinet…has that “weathered” Florida look about it.

    I’m thinking I may convert all my houseplants to those who survive on air. I have become a slave to watering as the air in our house is so dry…even with the humidifier. Maybe I should just move to Florida…

    Merry Christmas!

  2. greenthumblonde December 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hope your Christmas was awesome Karla. Still hanging out in Florida until after the New Year. I haven’t painted anything in weeks. Having withdrawal. Happy New Year!


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