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Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault’s Stylish DIY Terrarium

Designer Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault shares the perfect small-space solution for green thumbs—this easy-peasy upcycled terrarium! Here’s how you can make your own.

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Leigh-Ann Allaire PerraultPhoto: Michael Carson

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault: DIY Expert

Looking to beautify your home on a small budget? The good news is that design isn’t about how much money you spend, but rather what you can do with that money. That’s certainly the philosophy of design and do-it-yourself expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault. As a television personality on Cityline and spokesperson for Rust-Oleum, Perrault regularly transforms living spaces and breathes new life into old items. Here, Perrault reveals how to turn a flush mount glass fixture into a stylish terrarium that will impress gardeners and non-gardeners alike!

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Terrarium before makeoverPhoto: Michael Carson

Materials Needed

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Terrarium after makeoverPhoto: Michael Carson

Do-It-Yourself Terrarium Makeover Instructions

Step 1: To begin, move the old glass light fixture to an open area, either outdoors or in a well-ventilated space such as a garage. Cover nearby items with drop cloths to protect them from over-spray when painting.

Step 2: While wearing disposable gloves, wipe the metal of the glass light fixture with a lint-free rag and Krud Kutter® Gloss-Off Prepaint Surface Preparation to prep the surface for paint. No rinsing required.

Step 3: Once completely dry, use low-tack painter’s tape to cover the glass part of the light fixture and coat the metal base with UNIVERSAL® Metallic Spray Paint in the colour of your choice. Hold the can 25-30 cm (10-12′′) from the surface and spray with a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Repeat if necessary.

Step 4: While the light fixture base is drying, coat the large decorative rocks with Rust-Oleum® Specialty Mirror Effect Spray Paint in the colour of your choice. Apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart. For best results, apply multiple light coats versus one heavy coat. Once your top coat is dry, flip the rock and paint the bottom.

Step 5: Once everything is dry and the painter’s tape has been removed, fill your terrarium with pebbles, painted rocks, moss and air plants…and enjoy!