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. 

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  1. Hi,

    did you actually mix the two stains together first or do separate coats on top of each other?

    Thank you,

  2. I want to know the same question!!!!

  3. Did you mix equal portions or 2 to 1 or another ratio

  4. I also have had great success w both of those , I do linear brush strokes w the grain and layer them together also w white stain in the line up. I went to get more at HD and Lowes and they no longer carry It! I just had to special order it.

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