by Christyne Butler
Yes, I’m a painting fool. Well, at least least according to my husband. A spray painting fool, that is.
It started a couple of weeks ago, when I decided it was time to do something about the shiny brass lamps that I’ve had in living room for so long I can’t remember where they came from. Between all the decorating magazines and my love of HGTV, I figured I could handle a can of spray paint. I did some research online which recommended cleaning the lamps and rubbing them lightly with sandpaper. Then bought a can of primer and Rust-oleum Satin Finish in Heritage Red, because I love red, and in a matter of a day I had new lamps…yeah!
My mother pointed out that I didn’t have much red in my living room, which is true as its mainly shades of brown, tans, creams and black but that’s why I chose the red…to bring in that pop of color all the professionals say is needed.
But I needed more. So I took one of a matching set of baskets and one of two metal buckets that normally holds candy at Halloween and went back out into the sunshine. Here are the sets back together again, but one of each has been transformed — in red of course!
Now I think my husband is a bit worried about what is going to catch my eye next. The table next to my side of the bed is boring white and just begging for color! I’m thinking maybe orange, which if course goes with nothing in the room, but 1) the room is totally hodge-podge anyway and 2) I just learned this weekend that orange is the color of creativity and 3) if I don’t like it I can always paint it again. I’ve also seen something on Pinterest (of course!) about transforming old tin containers with spray paint, and goodness knows I have more of those tins than I know what to do with, so who knows what’s next!
How about you all? Anyone have any paint transformation stories — maybe ones that came out better than you planned or perhaps ones that stand as a lesson in what not to do? Any helpful hints to pass along? Share and I’ll pick one name to get a box of goodies including some great summer reads from Harlequin!