Spray Paint Cures
May 16, 2011
I love a celebratory party in honor of spray paint! Thanks Sarah for kicking off the Home May’d parties with a topic devoted to one of my favorite transformative substances: da spray paint. It rocks.
I’ve often said, I’ll spray paint anything that stands still, cause so often I fall in love with the shape of something, but not the color or finish, and my mind instantly thinks, “Nothing a little spray paint can’t fix!” I’m like the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who was convinced Windex was the cure for every ailment. For me, it be spray paint.
Exhibit A: I found this tin container in my garage, I don’t recall where I picked it up. A craft store? Yard sale? No matter, it was the perfect candidate for an indoor planter.
I pounded a few holes in the bottom with a nail, spray painted the front green and let it dry. I placed some chipboard letters on top, then spray painted it again with RustOleum’s ‘Heirloom White’ which left green font underneath. So cute!
My indoor herb garden is back baby, back! Complete with my five culinary favorites: sage, thyme, basil, cilantro, and parsley.
I like to grow even more basil outside in the summertime, but the petite plants do make a pretty scene in our kitchen window.
Exhibit B: Here’s another ‘Heirloom White’ quick fix. For the longest time, I’ve been sooooo completely over the the light fixtures in my family room and adjacent dining room, they were dark brown with amber fluted shades, not my style anymore.
Purchasing five new sconces and a new chandelier to replace them all was a figure that added up way too fast and was waaaay more than I wanted to spend. I thought and thought, and then realized if I could rework the sconces, and make them a little fresher with new glass shades and paint, that would justify a reasonably priced new chandy in the dining space.
I bought 5 clear glass shades for $5 each and raided my spray paint cabinet for some frosted spray paint. (I couldn’t leave them clear because you can see the standard bulb socket underneath and it isn’t pretty). The sconces got a fresh coat of ‘Heirloom White’ and the clear glass shades got a coat of frosted spray paint on the inside of the glass.
My five dolla (new glass shade + spray paint) fix for my family room wall sconces.
Since I saved some cash on reworking the sconces, I ordered this Mariestad chandy from Ballard for the dining space. Classic shape and a neutral gray finish = perfect !
Out with the old . . .
. . . in with the new fixture and “new” sconces:
Simple + elegant, and suspended much lower than before for added drama.
For those of you considering this fixture, buyer beware. While the fixture itself is a nice taupe/gray color, the electrical cord that comes with it is black (huh?) and not so pretty (Ballard fix that please) so I had to stitch up a fabric slipcover to hide it. Just thought all you potential buyers should know. Despite the dark electrical cord, I still think it looks very pretty in this space, and complements the style of our home.
Thank you ‘Heirloom White’ for the sweet herb planter and “new” sconces. Are you a spray paint newbie? Take a peek at this past article on spray paint FAQs.
Linking up to Sarah’s Spray Paint Party!
The ‘Outdoor Ideas’ Party is on Thursday, right here, so bring your posts, new and old, on anything related to outdoor sprucing! I’ve got a little something planned too.