(More) Adventures in Spray Painting

I love spray paint.  As I mentioned before, it’s akin to Harry Potter type magic for me, so I do it, like, alllll the time.  (But don’t worry, y’all — I’m not a huffer).

This past summer I spray painted this thrift store find a lovely shade of orange.

Before:

After:

Now that I’m home, I’ve hung it in the dog bed corner:

I love how the “yum” from the kitchen is reflected in the mirror at just the right angle.

Remember the Yum letters in the kitchen/wall?

And here’s a close-up:

I’m really digging the orange mirror on the blue wall… #complementarycolorsonthecolorwheel #winning

Inspired by the spray paint magic of the mirror, I spray painted… some more stuff….

Like…

this pedestal bowl thing:

(And of course I re-color coordinated the books to match the blue of the bowl.  Duh.)

Then I took this pretty-but-oh-how-much-prettier-it-could-be-with spray-paint mirror….

Covered the mirror part with painter’s tape:

…used an X-acto knife to cut the edges:

Then I threw it away!!!

Just kidding. I spray painted it:

My initial reaction was that I hated it.  I was looking for more of a YELLOW yellow, not so nursery pastel yellow.  Now I like it.  Go figure.

Oh, how I love spray paint.  Better yet, I love spray painting stuff that I have otherwise grown tired of… because I’m reminded of why I liked these things in the first place.

I should buy stock in Krylon.

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Things that (P)inspire Me: DIY Christmas Ornaments and Tree Toppers

Hey, remember that week where I posted almost every day about my recent Pinterest finds?!  No?  Oh… well, that’s because that’s happening now!  

(To check out my previous posts of “Things that (P)inspire Me,” go here.)

As I did an inventory of my vast ornament collection last Friday, I was surprised to discover that none of my ornaments were handmade (or at least, handmade by me).  Of course, all of my ornaments are a product of penny pinching (or gift-receiving), so that’s nothing to balk at, but still… there remains a DIY-sized hole in my heart that must. be. filled.  So, I turned to my tried, true, and trusted friend, the Pinterest bookmarklet (nope, not a typo).

(In case you’re confused check out www.pinterest.com.)
 
Below are some of my most recent finds (also thanks to Google image search).  Hope you are as inspired as I now am!
 
(Click on the pictures for the links to the original sources.)
 
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 Thumbtacks and a styrofoam ball!
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Small dollar store frames with pretty paper
 
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An oldie, but a goodie.  These would be especially nice with metallic or patterned paper.
 
Felt ornament — read the instructions, it’s actually easier than it looks!
 
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I guess these are a little more obvious than most, but aren’t they pretty?  And with the length of these pipe cleaners, they can be a statement ornament (like… a “statement ring”) :)
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This particular pin is from Young House Love and was a product of the Pinterest Challenge that they recently co-hosted.  38 DIY ornaments for a total of $27.  Not too bad!
 
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An old key, spray painted (also part of the “Challenge” from above).  Vamping on this same idea, many household items, however seemingly mundane, would make great ornaments!  Silverware, earrings, those are just the first two that come to mind…
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Tree topper, made from pipe cleaners and a styrofoam ball.  But you know me, I would have used a different color.
 
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I love ANY home decor idea involving recycled sheet music (and I have plenty of it).  So fun as a tree topper!  (More on sheet music/Christmas decor on Wednesday!)
 
Hope you enjoyed those!(Subscribe, silly!  What are you waiting for?)