DIY Terrarium, The Best Gray Stain, & Faux Greenery

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with terrariums. Seriously, I love them & we have a few around our house. Yesterday I shared our spring dining room & the centerpiece of our buffet was a lovely shabby gray terrarium that I recently customized. I had almost sold the terrarium because I was a little over it & it didn’t really fit in anywhere until I thought of the idea to add legs & spice it up a little bit. You can take the same idea & add legs or add new legs to any piece that you have lying around.


DIY terrarium with legs - lizmarieblog
PicMonkey CollageSeriously this DIY is so easy. The hardest part was matching the legs to the existing stain of the terrarium. The terrarium was originally purchased from TJ Maxx a while ago with out any legs. I purchased the wooden legs at Lowe’s & I believe they were a little over a $1 a piece. To attach them to the terrarium I simply drilled holes in all four corners of the bottom of the terrarium & then placed anchors in each of the holes. The anchors allow the legs to be threaded through easily. You can use this method to add legs to dressers, trunks, & basically anything you can think of. Now the staining part was a little fun. I purchased Rust-oleums wood stain in driftwood thinking it would be a match for the terrarium. Fail. It was WAY too light. I already had Rust-Oleums stain in weathered gray on hand & decided to mix the stains on the legs & I had an almost perfect match! To add a more distressed look to the legs I used annie sloan’s dark wax once the stain was dry & I was done. What do you think of the match? I think the mix of these two stains is the best gray stain!

The perfect rustic Gray stain - lizmarieblog
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O, & were you wondering where I get my greenery from? Well, here’s a little secret. It’s mostly all fake! I really didn’t want the hassle of taking care of a ton of plants in our dining room so I went on the hunt for some beautiful faux greenery to use in our spring decor. Here is where I had the best luck: Michaels, Target, TJ Maxx, Ikea, Hobby Lobby,  & the real stuff like the sticks and the box wood I found in my yard. What do you think of the terrarium legs? Do you have a favorite gray stain? & where do you find the best faux greenery? I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram. 

Click {here} to see our full dining room spring tour!

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I have the same obsession with terrariums as you. I also have one just like yours and you inspired me to add legs to mine as well. I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t in love with it, but then I saw your post and realized what a big difference the legs made. I picked some legs up and can’t wait to add them. Thanks for the idea.

  2. I love mixing and experimenting with stains. Sometimes you can really surprise yourself! I had gorgeous success with weathered grey and dark walnut mixed on a box I built last year. I’m going to have to pick up some driftwood stain too because it’s is a great mix!

  3. Gretchen says:

    This post could not have come at a better time!!! I just bought the weathered grey stain and planned to a desk. The shade of grey I’m wanting is more like that of your terrarium. Was wondering if you applied the 2 stains separately or mixed them together before applying them? I have never stained ANYTHING before, any direction would be much appreciated :) Thx

    • Yes I was wondering about the stain application as well! Did you put them on in a certain order or mix them before application? Thanks:)

  4. I think the match is perfect. again genius. I need go on the hunt for some greenery. i think it will help spring come faster right?!?

  5. Love the color! Super cute!

  6. The legs really made a huge difference! And you’re right about the gray stain. It’s quite lovely!

  7. Thank you for sharing where you got the faux greenery. I love green things but I have a way for killing them within a matter of weeks! Can you tell me where you found those big white vases and bell shaped glass?

  8. I like how that turned out. You did a wonderful job making it all look like the same finish. I have a gray terrarium that I’ve been trying to find a spot for. I’m considering a vignette on my dining table using it. You’ve inspired me to give it a try!

  9. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!


  10. Sarah Domke says:

    I have been trying to get a stain this color for a farmhouse table I’ve built and can NOT figure it out;/ do you have a step by step instruction anywhere!? I just found your blog and I’m hooked! I love your style!!!

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