Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spray paint fever

I got back from Arkansas on Monday, and had ideas going through my head the whole [6 hour] drive back. While I was there my mom gave me an old chair that belonged to her grandfather. It is wooden, weathered, and crooked, but I love it. It has been outside for years with no seat in it, so I got my dad to help me weave a seat using hay bailing twine [thanks Tasia]. I then framed a photo of her grandpa and grandma to hang on the back. She said that is what she remembers about him...him sitting in this chair on the porch and rocking it back onto the back legs. I have more plans for it, along with my old suitcases and vintage fan, but it isn't together just yet. Here is the chair as is: 

I am considering painting it teal. I think it would look fantastic, but I am struggling with changing the rustic,weathered finish. 
Yesterday I put my paint jeans on and got busy! I had been planning to do a couple of paintings for the dining room as well as one for the bedroom, but I had been putting it off for some time. Finally I just took my ideas down to the basement and accomplished quite a bit. I completed this piece for the dining room: 

I also made this from a scrap of wood my dad gave me. I love how the spray paint put a super thin coat so you can still see the wood grain.  
While in Arkansas shopping with my mom she saw a sign that said "Welcome Home", and loved the words but not the colors. She asked if maybe I could make something similar so I put this together on another scrap piece of wood. It is actually nothing like the one we saw, but I was very pleased with how it turned out. Turns out blue painter's tape is not the devil after all!

I also painted a few things for around the house including some old frames and an L that I had bought at Hobby Lobby some time ago. It went from black to silver and the frames were brightened up with some purple, green, and teal. The gray frame was a cheap [looking] silver with black, but I liked the detailing once I painted it a flat gray. I never remember to take before photos...

I also found this cabinet door yesterday that I had painted last summer. When we bought the house the garage was disgusting. It had an old cabinet with the door hanging off [I won't tell you what was in the cabinet..ick]. I finished removing the door, gave it a light sanding, and used this creamy white spray paint to brighten it up. I kept the hardware, but I am not sure what purpose this will serve in the end. I am still debating. I don't want to cover up the diagonal lines in the inset part of the door too much. I have considered a photo board or a jewelry display.

Phew! That was a lot! I like having lots to post, and I am not done yet! I plan to have more projects completed by the end of the day. 

Be happy...and crafty! 


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