Monday, May 24, 2010

Ode to Spray Paint


Spray Paint, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thy cheapness and widespread availability.
The rattling sound as I shake your can fills me with glee. 
I loathe the drying time, Spray Paint, but you saveth me money.
I love thine ability to transform objets d'crap into objets d'cuteness.

Thank you, Ms. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, for letting me borrow your opening line today.

A couple of weeks ago, I scored this ugly-with-potential wood pedastal bowl at a local church yard sale.

These are really a dime a dozen at any yard sale, thrift store, or consignment shop. Two or three years ago, I would have marched right past this.

Now I know the power of spray paint!
A couple coats of Wal-Mart white spray paint did the trick! If you really want to have fun with something like this, you could spray paint a piece a nice shade of aqua and do some polka dots.

Now that I've spray painted it, what can I do with it? I used some items around my house to give you some ideas for your own spray paint redos:

~It could be a nice twist on a gift basket for a beloved preschool teacher.

~T would have a hard time losing his stuff if I could train him to drop his wallet and keys in this when he gets home.

~I've run out of room on the girls' handmade bow holder. This is a nice substitute until I get around to make a new one.

~Filled with cheerful lemons and stationed next to a quote tile with an encouraging Bible verse, it gives me something to look at when I do dishes for the 57th time each day.
There you have it...a little bit of spray paint can go a long way with your yard sale finds. Don't be afraid to try it out.

What's your favorite Spray Paint Makeover piece?

I hope you'll join me for the next Decorating Dilemmas Party! You can click here to view the last party and see how it works.
The party will go live Tuesday night around 10 pm (ET) and will be open for new links until 11 pm (ET) on Wednesday night. Anyone who links up with a (valid!) post will be entered to win a copy of Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate Summer.

Linking to Kimba's DIY Day and the very first exciting Challenge at The CSI Project.
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47 comments:

Carrie said...

Too cute! That is exactly what I need for my kitchen side table. Now I wish I looked harder while garage saleing over the weekend. :(

McCarthy Designs said...

Great makeover! The power of paint is amazing! I have learnt to look at things so differently now that I have seen so many wonderful transforamtions all thanks to some paint! xx

Kenzie said...

I love spray paint! It is my newest obsession! The makeover is fantastic! And I am planning on linking up on Wed, I need some serious help with wall decor :(

House Queen said...

I too love spray paint! I am wanting some Chalkboard paint in the spray form but have been unsuccessful at finding it yet...Great job on your dish!!!!

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Soooo cute! I love that you showed so many ways to use it too! :-) Love it!

Laurie-Jean said...

I paint my face every day to make it look better, (sometimes that's questionable) so why not spray paint my trash to become treasure.:) I have two spray projects that I hope to complete this week, weather permitting.

Nancy said...

This is so funny because I just bought a wooden bowl exactly like yours on Saturday at Good Will! And I plan on painting it white. Great minds...!

Nancy

Rhiannon Nicole said...

The lemons are for sure my favourite! What a cute little bowl and lovely ways to use it Amanda! :)

Centsational Girl said...

Your Ode to Spray Paint is like music to my ears. You know I heart the stuff ! Love your fresh bowl - perfect for barrettes and lemons too !

xoxo
Kate

Amanda said...

Super cute!! I've never spray painted anything, but I'm on this kick right now where for some reason I want all my furniture to be white...it's all I can do to keep myself from spraying it all! I might have to do just one thing to get it out of my system, ha!

Decorchick! said...

I love it!! And I love spray paint, it's very dear to my heart. Love your blog and following now!

Richella said...

I like it holding lemons! Very cute!

So. . . does T call you his little Portuguese?

Love ya, my literary friend!

Holly said...

Much better white, and your ideas are all really good!

Micah-Noel said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing the many possibilities.

Kristin said...

I like it with the lemons! Hmm...maybe I could train my hubby to drop stuff in it instead of on the floor...but I don't think it would be cute with dirty socks!

Erin said...

I do love spray paint as well. My fingers definitely cramp up though after a good paint. I'm such a wimp. I love how the lemons look in it. So cute!

Paula said...

Great update! I would think that I'd died and gone to heaven if I got a cute gift like this from a student.

I didn't spray paint much until I discovered blogging. My favorite update so far has been on two lawn chairs that I got at an estate sale. I got advice from fellow bloggers on what to do with them through one of your parties.

Jessabells said...

I love spray paint too!

Kristin said...

What an easy fix...yet it looks SO different! Love the lemons!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love stuff like this. I swear I troll yard sales and Goodwill just for things to spray paint.

This may be TMI, but I was going to the bathroom today and looked up at the mirror over the sink and thought, "I'm spray painting that mirror tomorrow."

My fave spray painting makeover is the tin ceiling tile artwork over my bed :)

Vintage Remixed said...

Hey Amanda! Thanks for the visit. I love the paint makeover. It def has potential for lots of different uses. :-)

Crystal

Katie said...

Love the ode and the project, especially with the lemons - so fresh and cheerful!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It looks so good - I love the lemons in it!

Orange it Lovely said...

oh I think that is just gorgeous white. Im a spray paint addict too. Everthing old can be new again!! lol
~Tana

Salinda said...

I just discovered the glories of spray paint. My new favorite color is "Antique White" from Rustoleum!

shutterhappyhope said...

Simple, but very efficient use!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

i hear ya on the spray paint love - i have quite the addiction myself :) and your little bowl is TOO CUTE!

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

I NEVER find good stuff like that! Pray paint deserves a special shelf in Heaven! Love your bowl...

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Your bowl looks fab!

CRAZYMOM said...

I love it! I did a spray paint project too. I love that stuff. :)

becca said...

that looks great! i'm learning to love spray paint, but still haven't mastered the technique.

sharon said...

cute:) thanks for the verse!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Visiting from CSI. I certainly wanted to visit the person who managed to post their link first! I love your project. What looked perhaps a bit outdated now looks like a millions bucks. Great idea and great project!

Infarrantly Creative said...

I want one of those. I have been peeking at my local Goodwill and I keep finding nothing. I love it with the lemons in it. Yum!

Ellen said...

Love it! Makes me think about all the stuff I walked away from!

Marie said...

Hello sweet Amanda - love your pedestal makeover! It looks so fabulous white. And so many uses for it! Love the shape. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

OH, that is TOO cute!! I adore it with the lemons in it -- they are PERFECT!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

That bowl is the cutest thing ever. I love the shape of it and it has a pedestal too! Darling! And how cute that you showed different ways to use it. Those polka dot plates are awesome!

Love it. Thanks so much for linking up -- you are the greatest!

XOOX
Jen

Larissa said...

Saw you at CSI, I linked up too...something I did with spray paint. LOVE spray paint.

This bowl turned out lovely.

Come by and check out my blog sometime. Love new blogging friends.

Just Another Day in Paradise

tinahead81 said...

spray paint is seriously the greatest thing since sliced bread!!! love how this turned out!!

Joselyn said...

Cute piece! It looks so pretty with the lemons!

Maggie Reno said...

So cute! I love spray paint but it seems I always get bubbling no matter what I try. Do you ever get that with spray paint? If so, please share your solution!

Julie said...

Great little piece! I love spray paint as well!

Dusa said...

Your ode had me giggling out loud. I say "Long live spray paint"

Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

The bowl got super cute! I love how a fresh coat of paint can really turn a toss-away into treasure! Stopping by from Saturday SITS Sharefest! :)

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I, too, walk past things like that every day, not seeing the potential! But now you've shown me what they can look like with a coat of paint, and I'm sure I'll be spending more money on "trash" in the near future, knowing I can turn it into "treasure." :) Great job!

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

while spray paint makes me immediately think 'oh bad for the environment', i really do like what you did here as it came out beautiful and is a really good dish indeed! well done

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