Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - Add a Pop of Color to Built Ins

Ok, so painting the back of Built Ins is exactly like painting the back of a bookcase.

It is still one of my favorite, simple ways to add a pop of color and totally change the look of a space. It doesn't take much paint, and it can be done in a short period of time.

 I thought I would show the progression of these particular built ins. They are constantly changing.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - Abstract Art

I would not consider myself an artist, but I can be pretty crafty.

I needed a large piece of art to hand up in our entry way, but I couldn't really find anything that I really liked. You know what that means...time to make it myself. I chose to keep it simple. I used colors that were all somewhat similar and just started painting. Don't be afraid of paint. You can just keep painting until you get the look you want. It really is pretty simple.

Don't be afraid of paint. You can just keep painting until you get the look you want. It really is pretty simple.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - Update a Ceiling Fan With Paint

I know that not everyone is a fan of ceiling fans. I live in a two story house in South Alabama, so they are a must! I will make no apologies for them.

When we moved into this house the ceiling fan in our den looked like this.

There are a few reasons I chose to paint the ceiling fan instead of just replacing it.
1. I was able to complete this simple painted project for less than $10.
2. I HATE the light kit on all of the newer ceiling fans. I prefer the ones that actually give off light from regular light bulbs.

I had my husband take the fan down, and then I took it apart very carefully so that I could paint it. It really was fairly simple. I did one coat of spray primer and then a few coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I also flipped then fan blades over to the darker side.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - The Green Chandelier

Do you remember me showing you the outdated chandelier that I painted red? The red was great, but after some furniture and chandelier swapping in our breakfast room and dining room, I decided to give the chandelier a new make over.

Green was the perfect color to add to the breakfast room. It was just as simple to paint the second time around. And just in case you are wondering, the color is Ivy Leaf by Krylon. 

What You Wish Wednesday No. 22 + Features

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - Adding a Stripe

I have a thing for accent walls. I like to add stripes, or patterns, or a bold color on a single wall to add some interest. Stripes are my favorite, but I will be the first to tell you that an entire wall of stripes is not what I would consider a Simple Painted Project.

I can also tell you that adding just one large stripe is pretty simple. There is still measuring, taping, and levels involved, but on a much smaller scale.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - THE Vase

I received this vase a wedding shower gift....over 16 years ago. I wish I had an original before picture of it, but it was WAY before blogging. And digital cameras. I have always really liked the size and shape of this vase, but I was never fond of the smoke colored glass. I think it may have even had bubbles in the glass. I remember looking at it and thinking, I could totally paint that.

 I don't have pictures of the first 10 or so times this vase was painted, but I am going to show you the ones that I could dig up. Before we get to that, let me tell you that it has been just about every color. I know for sure that the first time I painted it, it was with acrylic paint and I gave it a stone type look. Since then it has been painted with many combinations of acrylic paint, wall paint, and spray paint. I just paint it when the mood strikes.

The vase is currently home in the media center in our living room. It is white with a gold base.

Are you ready for some of the befores? Some of these are more recent that I would like to admit.  I will say that these were before I had a nice camera and the pictures make them look worse than they did in real life. That is my story, and I'm sticking to it.

EEK! Just in case you are wondering....I haven't always had great taste in home decor. I have always enjoyed it, but I have learned so much over the years. Some of these make me laugh. I really wish I had a picture of the one where I tried to make it look like stone. It was pretty awesome!

Don't be afraid of an ugly vase. Just slap some paint on it. It is simple enough to do over, and over, and over.

You can see all 31 days, HERE.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - Unify Mismatched Frames

It's no secret that I like to find little treasures at thrift or second hand stores. I enjoy the hunt, but I also enjoy the process of a giving a piece a totally new look.

I found these 3 mirrors are various places over the course of a few months. I can't find the before pictures, but they were all 3 different colors and finished. The picture frame in the middle also started out gold with cream and peach mats.

I decided to unify the look of all the items with spray paint before I created this little gallery wall for our master bedroom.

Frames are a very simple painted project. I prefer to remove the contents of a frame before I paint them to keep the process simple. Sometimes mirrors can't be removed as easily, so I just tape the front of them really well to keep from getting paint on them.

This was another Simple Painted Project. Don't overlook items that have nice shape or scale just because the finish isn't exactly what you want. It can usually be changed very easily.

Do you like the LOVE print? It is a free printable that I created a while back. You can find it HERE. (For personal use only.)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - Another Thrifted Lamp Base

Yep, I have another thrifted lamp base to share with you today. Don't worry, there will be at least one more.

Before I tell you how simple it is (again), to paint a lamp, I want to share with you the back story of these lamps. It just so happens to be my favorite thrift store adventure.

I have had these lamps for 4 years now, and I like them just as much as I did when I first got them. I spent SIX months consistently looking for a pair of lamps at thrift stores that I could make over. I was determined to find a deal on lamps. Patience is key, my friends.

 I walked into a thrift store one day and saw this pair of lamps. I was immediately drawn to the shape and brass details. I picked one up and stared looking it over. A lady came up behind me (a little too close), and started talking about the lamps that I was looking at. I quickly grabbed the second one and put it in my cart.  She said, "Are you getting those? They are beautiful."  I said, "yes, ma'am, I am."  She continued to follow me around the store to make sure that I was still going to get these lamps. It was kind of creepy.

I was headed to the checkout and someone came on the intercom,
and announced that all lamps were currently on SALE FOR $1 EACH! Major score!

I brought them home, cleaned them up, and taped off all the parts that I didn't want painted.  I then painted a coat of spray primer,  and a few thin coats of glossy, white spray paint. The finish has help up beautifully over the years. 

You can see all 31 Simple Painted Projects, HERE.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - Back of Bookcase

I know what you are is this a simple painted project?

I have a few tips to keep it simple, but first let me walk you though what you are looking at.

1. This is what this media cabinet/bookcases looked like when we got it.
2. I painted the main body of the bookcases white, and then painted the back a light blue.
3. We got new light blue couches, so the blue was too much blue. I added coral as a new accent color.
4. I was over the coral and painted the back yellow.

So far, I have painted these roughly every 6 months since they have been in our home. I like to change things up, and this has been a very easy, inexpensive way to do just that.

How I keep It Simple

- I use those little sample size pots of paint from Lowes. They introduce new colors each season and it is an easy way to add a new, updated color. It takes 2 of those to paint this set of bookcases. I can also finish this in about an hour.

- I don't paint behind the tv or dvr each time. They are painted a color that just blends into the tv so that it doesn't stand out. It would not be a simple project if I had to deal with that every time.

You can check out all 31 days, HERE.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Simple Painted Project - Picture Frame Turned Chalkboard

Today we are going to talk chalkboards. I was intimidated by them for a little while, but they are so simple. I have made many different ones over the years. I have always used Krylon's Spray Chalkboard Paint for painting on glass, and have had great results with it each time.

image via Krylon

This frame started out like this. It was leftover from a friends yard sale a few years ago. The size and shape of the frame were perfect for a small, awkward wall in my kitchen.

I simply removed the backing and the glass. I sprayed the chalkboard paint directly to the front of the glass. It took 3 coats to get the nice even coverage I was looking for.

I have moved things around and am no longer using this as a chalkboard, but when I did, I used it for seasonal chalkboard art. (Thanksgiving, Christmas)

Do you have any chalkboards in your home? Have you used the spray chalkboard paint?

You can see all 31 days, HERE.


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