Our house has a lot of quirks unique to ranch homes from the 60s and 70s. An intercom system that runs throughout the house – with a built-in radio and 8 track player. Faux wood paneling in the family room. And a built in planter separating the dining room from the living room.
I’m not really a retro kind of girl – so the paneling got painted and the planter box found a new purpose. (Not sure what to do about the intercom just yet – not so cute but still kind of cool.)
Around that time, built-in planters dividing rooms were pretty common.
A lot of them were brick or stone, but ours is actually made of drywall. It looks a lot like a regular half wall except there is a big metal-lined hole in the top.
When we first moved here, I was stumped as to what to do with it. The obvious choice would be to plant something there. But, one, this spot doesn’t get a lot of sunlight. Two, I wasn’t sure I would love the look of plants sprouting from a random wall. And three, I just can’t seem to keep a plant alive more than a week or two.
So I had to come up with something different. And our little planter wall became our little candle wall.
This planter was about a foot and a half deep so the first thing I did was fill in all that space with some pieces of styrofoam. Once the planter was filled in to about an inch below the top, I cut a scrap piece of black fabric and laid it over top of the foam, tucking in the edges. I bought a bunch of white pillar candles and evenly spaced them down the wall and then filled in all of the space around the candles with decorative black river rock (from Target). The black cloth underneath helped camouflage any spaces the rock didn’t completely cover.
Now, it looks beautiful and fits in with the rest of the house much better. Plus, that little row of candles adds tons of ambiance to nice dinners. And it sure comes in handy when the power goes out.
What funny quirks does your house have? How did you deal with them? Anyone else with a random planter?