Saturday, August 2, 2008
Adventures With Spray Paint
My mother bought a box at a garage sale. I think she paid $15.00 for it, and she thought it was WAAAYY overpriced--the box was intact, but all messed up, paint-wise.
She brought it to me (she loves to buy for friends and family--rarely buys for herself).
I really loved the box, and I displayed it in the living room, warts and all. But I kept thinking what I could do. At first, I wondered if I could cover it with shells; but it's so intricate, I hated to.
I have great faith in paint as an Accessory and Furniture Transformer. That said, I am the Princess of Giveittomenow. I have no patience to wait until I have all of the proper materials. I use whatever is handy. Today I decided to revamp the box. Digging in the pantry, I found a can of flat black paint, faux gold paint, and a brush.
[Postscript: Just so you won't think I am a crazed paint hoarder--which I am, actually--I didn't just "happen" to have paint and brushes lying around. The black paint had been bought en masse to spot-fix peely-places on our black fence; the gold paint had been bought to paint the black legs on a coffee table that is the less beautiful twin of Vicky Darnell's, and I briefly posted the table back in March 2008, but took down the post; and the paint brush had been bought by Honey to Min-wax/seal an outside table that my brother repaired. There was no saving that gold-dipped brush, but I do have a stash of brushes for Honey. Not only that...I have a dirty, little hoard of spray paint, glaze, and metallic paint...but that could be the subject of a blog about hoarding.]
Since I love to spray paint outside in copperhead snake territory, that's exactly what I did. In this heat, the paint seemed to dry between heartbeats.
Ooops. I got a little heavy handed with the lid
You know you are addicted to blogging when you are painting with one hand and snapping a picture with the other. It's TRUE, isn't it, fellow bloggers?!
So I decided to respray the lid and use a lighter hand with the gold.
I'd thought black would work because in this room, I have tried to spread around black accents
And I have a "box" thing going on in the room...
[In another part of the room, there are more boxes--I took inexpensive boxes, faux painted them like mad, and grouped them in a bookcase, but that's another blog entry).
Well, it looks better, but...now I'm having Painter's Regret. Oh, maybe I should have excavated the garage for that can of Almond spray paint! No, no, stop it, gollum. The box has been through enough today.
What do you think? \
Do you have any stories about the transforming power of spray paint? If you have before/after pictures you'd like to share, let me know and I would love to post them.