May 30, 2011
May 26, 2011
Don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for brass, it's just not in my living room on my new console. This baby was calling out to be painted a lovely sea foam green!
First up, set up a simple painting station and tape off the important stuff...
A little masking tape around the cord and the switch should do the trick.
Depending on the result I'm after, I don't always prime before painting, but this project definitely called for primer.
I keep hearing about using Kilz primer, but I'm trying to get through my supply of Rust-oleum before I go buying more paint. So far, no complaints on this stuff. Just make sure to shake shake shake!
Oh yeah. Don't forget to cover the bulb socket. I realized this half way through my first primer coat. Oops!
Here she is after a couple light coats of white primer. Disregard the piles of garbage sacks destined to the local donation center. Is anyone else still spring cleaning?
I could spray with abandon and get in all the nooks and crannies knowing that I had carefully covered any important electrical areas.
Here she is after a few coats of gorgeous Krylon spray paint in Catalina Mist. I was just about done with this beauty when...
Drippage. A squishy, drippy, painted mess on the side of my pristine lamp!
Well, every project has a bump in the road, right? This is a photo of what it looked like after a little bit of super fine sandpaper lovin'. A couple extra coats in the area and...
...coming soon, the final result!
Plus! The fabulous new lamp shade I recovered to complete the transformation!
May 19, 2011
Fab Target plates - isn't this a fun mix?
A pair of Dollar Tree candlesticks.
A little waterproof Loctite Stick n' Seal glue found at Home Depot.
24 hours of drying time (tic tok tic tok...) and voila!
You can't tell me this isn't adorable!
Wanna make one? It'll cost you about $10 for the plates and candlesticks (I already had the glue)...the patience to wait 24 hours before turning it over and using it? Priceless, of course!
The Shabby Nest
Blue Cricket Design
May 17, 2011
May 16, 2011
Remember this gross project with lots of potential? I'm almost done!
Who doesn't love spraypaint? This baby was just crying out for a funky-glam makeover...
Gorgeous lines, solid construction, and a bit o' history. This piece is turning out ama-za-zing!
Yes, on my family room carpet, no less. When it rains, move the project indoors!
A little coffee filter love. You know you gotta hot glue these suckers to everything you can find, right? Coffee filters = the new black!
Plus a few more BIG projects (like a vintage dresser make-over) that I'm super duper excited to finish/show you (c'mon rain, you know I love you, but...seriously!). Stay tuned, and pray for wind-less, sunny days!
May 7, 2011
Paint, masking tape, and I was ready to go. Now don't be jealous of my super high tech painting station (aka. kitchen counter).
I masked off the glass insert (instead of separating the glass and print from the frame) so I wouldn't have to peel off the craft paper backing that was glued directly to frame. I got pretty close to perfect while using the masking tape, but I wasn't worried if it wasn't exact because it's super easy to use a craft knife to scrape off any residual paint once everything is dry.
A few coats with a small craft brush and I was in business. I didn't bother to prime this piece, and I was careful not to do long "streaky" strokes, but rather blot and dab in the nooks and crannies of the frame. I imagine a sponge would get a similar effect.
P.S. See that cute ivy-looking frame holder? It was a black iron plate display from the DI (local thrift store) for $2 which I spray painted a pretty winter grey (has a touch of blue). Looooove it!
May 5, 2011
Hubby, are you reading this?
I'm not asking for much...
Just a little Mother's Day gift that would bring our family closer together, give us more kitchen space, and possibly bring about world peace?
You know you wanna!