Color Splash {Fun With Spray Paint}

Hey everyone!

What have I been doing lately? Well…

Shocker of the century, I’ve been up to my spray painting ways again! With all the recent upgrades and projects completed on the deck, our sad plant stand looked out of place and worn down.

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Phew! Look at that rust! I’m sorry, little thing, for letting you get so badly rusted on our porch. But now you can see why it needed a bit of a facelift.

 

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Woof. I’m sorry plant stand, that’s just not a cute look.

 

Now you can see why this was a dire situation. The plant stand held all my beautiful pots for three years. I painted it white in our old place and just let it be, never touching up its paint or changing its color. This was a mistake. So now with all the new colors, she needed a little help. With some cleaning, scrubbing, and scraping, she looks so much better!

Quick tip: when painting an antique piece with rust, make sure to sand and scrape ALL the rust off before painting or priming. This will create a nice, smooth finish for your paint. It’ll also help your paint job last longer. If you paint something already peeling, your paint is bound to peel as well.

So after scraping and sanding, I got to painting. Because it was originally white and still had a pretty good coat in most places, I chose a Rust-Oleum “True Orange” can to cover the old color. See? Branching out! And man, oh, man…it sure is orange!

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Yowza! She is a bright plant stand now.

 

Before and after! What a change!

Before and after! What a change!

Bright? Yes. Upgrade? For sure. I’m so happy with how bright and perky it is. It goes really well with all the other colors on our porch. Plus, it forced me (FORCED I TELL YOU) to buy several more cans of spray paint and perk up some old terra cotta pots.

So many happy pots! So much to plant!

So many happy pots! So much to plant!

 

And I didn’t stop there…

I even painted some antique frames white to add to our collage wall that extends up our stairwell!

I even painted some antique frames white to add to our collage wall that extends up our stairwell!

 

Once I got started, I obviously couldn’t stop. But hey, at least I got a lot of painting projects done during this beautiful weather pattern! What do you think? Orange, neon green, blue, and yellow are all very bold choices…

 

XOXO,

Ashley

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Enter Willingly {Updating the Foyer}

Hey all,

Man, for being silent an entire week, I’m really on a blogging roll. If you follow my instagram feed, you’ll know that I added a few things to the entryway in our house. Here are the few, quick changes…

$12 Umbrella stand!

Are you surprised? He’s an owl. No one should be shocked at this point. What should surprise you is the price he was, considering how much they’ve been going online and at West Elm. I’ve loved many an owl umbrella stand from afar, only to be discouraged by their $75+ price tags. This guy was hidden in our local Restore Store and marked at only $12! Plus, instead of just being an ivory┬áporcelain owl, he also has cute, painted eyes. His eyes are the perfect color for our entryway decor. At the same store, I also found a $5 ceiling medallion, perfect to add to my ever growing medallion wall.

Shocker of the century, I went with green. I figured it would coordinate with the bench, colors in my mother’s print, and the eyes of the newly added owl umbrella stand.

And man, I was right! I’m still looking for one more smaller medallion to paint and place, so that it’s an odd number, but it’s AAAAAALMOST put together in the entryway.

Enter here!

So what’s left for this little nook in our house? A quickly whipped up bench cushion for a storage box which sits under our coat rack and another medallion. After that, it’s all set! What a happy little space to come into everyday!

XOXO,

Ashley

Little projects {cause room rearrange}

 

Hello all,

I went out the other day, just intending to get some supplies for some more no-sew pillows, but because I was out, I figured, why not stop at all my favorite spots.

At one of the goodwills in town, I found a nice, old mirror. It was in ugly shape, gold frame (bleh) and pretty dirty.

I may have passed on it, because I’d still need to clean it up and it was $15, but it was the weekly color so it was half off! Plus, with S’s color approval, I already had some paint left over from my bench project, so I didn’t need to buy anymore to redo this sad mirror!

I brought this happy little one home, cleaned up her glass, covered her with some paper (which nicely slid between the frame and the glass, so no tape needed) and got to work.

I painted the frame with two coats of the green and voila! A new life for the frame.

I’ve always thought that the cool silver frame we had in there just didn’t fit. We bought it as a mantle mirror, so it was WAY too big for a small guest bedroom. This green guy fits right on the wall and now helps my super cute bench pop just a bit more.

What do you think? This project only $7+tax for the mirror. It also only took me about a half hour to clean the mirror, cover, paint, and hang (after it dried two hours outside). Pretty nice payoff I think.

Xoxo,
Ashley