Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spray Paint Transformations!!

Today's post is about what I accomplished during nap time today.  No pictures of mopping the floor or scrubbing the toilet?  Weird! Nope, today I needed to get some crafty energy flowing!!
Today I needed a change and I was getting really tired of my fall decor.  So I dismantled the table top fall display and was left with the pumpkins.  Not wanting to toss them yet with Thanksgiving around the corner, I considered spray painting them white like I have seen others do before adding the lettering, but decided to leave them orange (for now, lol.  There is always tomorrow for spray painting!).  I put them on the ledge of one of my favorite DIY projects from this spring.
Give Thanks up on my Dining Room chalkboard :)

  My friend teased me about it today when she stopped by before we went out for coffee , but I really like and that is what counts, right?
Next it was time for a goodwill frame re-do.  I bought it in the spring and mentioned that I had an unconventional idea for it here.  Unfortunately having Mommy Brain and I have absolutly no idea what that fabulous idea was!  But today it got a re-do as a frame again, just with a MUCH better picture!  And a new coat of paint.
When my friend did Jeremaih's 10 month old photo shoot this summer she did some family pictures and some hand and feet pictures too.  This is one of my favorites!!  I just ripped out the old picture, spray painted the frame with the very last little bit of black spray paint I had and plopped this enlargement I had inside.  LOVE!  Quite a transformation huh?  I would say I prefer the after to the before!  So worth the $2.99 price tag I bought the frame for months ago!
 I had some suction cups with hooks, so I decided to try putting it on the fall decorated window in my living room.  So far so good, it has been up there all day, so I think it will hold.  I love it!!
 Since I was paring down my fall decorations and simplifying I decided it was time to put this fall candlestick away.  I was bummed because I have very few chunky candle holders but brown isn't really my color for things other than fall decor.  Then inspiration struck!
Why not change the color????
Heirloom white, how I adore thee!
It looks so vintage now and the white really brings out all of the pretty details.  I like it so much better and it will be used much more than once a year in my fall decor!  So worth the under $3 thrift shop I paid last fall!!!
 I am so pleased with how it turned out!  And look, there is even a tiny bit of fall left on the table.  :)  A vase of colorful leaves.  And that is what I accomplished during nap time today!
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Monday, November 8, 2010

New Life for an Old Window

Still finishing up those projects I started before I went to Uganda.  It feels so good getting stuff done!  Like spring cleaning, but it happens to be fall.  Anywho, before I left for Africa to meet my precious son I painted this old window Mike had brought home from a job site knowing I would love to find a creative use for it.  I decided I wanted to paint it black and put pictures of my precious baby in it behind the glass.  Unfortunately I didn't have a ton of pictures of him at that point and all of the ones I had were in frames around the house.  I decided to wait until I had more pictures to finish it.  I blogged about this particular window less than two weeks before I left.  You can read about it here.
 I painted the window black (after a terribly ugly attempt at distressed green.  It was horrid and I refuse to re-post it, so if you want to see it you will have to go to the link to the original post above!).
 I love the way the black looked.  That is the best part about a painted project.  If you hate it you can always re-paint it!
 I left the original hardware on top of the window and at the bottom I added some decorative hooks to hang mementos or holiday decorations from.  When we move, if I decide to hang it in the entry or mudroom we could hang coats and umbrellas from it.  The options are endless!
 For this house I decided to hang it in the staircase that has been getting a makeover.
 I am really loving it!  It is my new favorite up-cycled project at the moment!
 It holds adorable pictures of my little man from his 10 month photo shoot right after we finally got home from Africa.
 Such a stinkin' cute little baby and I love the original way to display his precious photos!
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