Category Archives: spray paint

Black is Back

To me, white furniture looks a little…….

naked.

If I can say that word on a  Christian blog.

Like a lady  in public in her pantaloons or bloomers, it just isn’t right.

This little beauty below was found in a eclectic shop that sells vintage and antique items. I described the space in my foyer to the owner.

“I live in a split level where you walk into the house and there’s  a 4ft x 6ft foyer.  On your  right the first staircase goes down, the next staircase on the right goes up.  Imagine six people walking in the door, trying to get off coats and shoes without knocking each other up or down the stairs.”

I’m not a huge fan of the split level, especially when it has a tiny foyer.

A large oak mirror with hooks was hanging, but it needed something underneath for organizing and display. Something very narrow.  Something that wouldn’t get knocked down the stairs with the two children “accidentally” touching each other while trying to kick their shoes at each other off.

It also needed to be painted black and distressed.  By distressing your furniture ahead of time, it keeps you from being stressed and distressed when the kids scratch and dent it.  ‘Cuz, ya’ know they will.  It’s their job to ruin your stuff.  To test your patience and all that jazz. 

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As my kids would say “Perf!”  That’s teenage for “perfect” they inform me, as if I wasn’t cool enough to translate.  But, it’s more than “perf”, it’s “tote perf.”

Yea, it’s groovy, too, for those of you older than me and missing your high school journey.

Back to the shelf. It was narrow enough.  And cute enough.  Just too white.

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Not for long!

 

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Done.  So glad my favorite color is in style.  Makes it so much easier.  So glad my favorite medium, spray paint, is in style.  I was spray paint when spray paint wasn’t cool.  But, the new wave of coolness has dared me to paint even wood furniture, something I wouldn’t have done before.

A little sanding afterwards to take away the shiny “I just got spray painted look” and give it the distressed look,  and it was a done deal. I’d like to eventually find baskets so each kid can have one for hats or mail or keys or whatever else they don’t want to put away and it would end up “decorating” my foyer, or staircase or kitchen counter.

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I always wanted a foyer that was welcoming. I don’t consider a pile of stinky shoes welcoming, but my children do. 

To me it says “MESS!” 

To them it says, “Hey, take off your shoes and stay awhile.”

So, whether or not they take off your shoes, I hope our guests feel welcome when they walk into my split level home with the little foyer.

I just hope nobody falls down the stairs while looking at the vintage Christmas nativity stuff I displayed…

Do Ya’ Need A Cuppa’ Coffee?

Spray paint is vogue.

Tables, dishes, dressers, chairs, windows, tree branches~
everything is fair game for DIY’ers with itchy trigger fingers.
Sometimes, I worry about their kids, especially if they stand still
while watching their color-their-world parent with aerosol can in hand.
They could end up Smurf blue or Minion yellow.

But, I just want ya’ll to know,
I was spray paint,
when spray paint wasn’t cool.

In the early 90’s, I spray painted  thrift store baskets glossy white for baby gifts.
A patio table I acquired curb shopping was given new life along with some ugly outdoor chairs.

Yea, I was way ahead of my time.

Back then, when I went into the hardware store for spray paint,
they usually wrinkled their bulbous noses and  superior brows at me,
and told me it couldn’t be done.

Not anymore.

Spray paint comes in prettier colors and covers better,
and salesmen like to encourage, not discourage, useage.

With all my expertise, it was only natural that I create something unique.

I began with this plain ol’ can.
The painful job was eating all those chocolately cookies.
I don’t think I shared the misery with my family,
I handled this one on my own.

Of course, I had to use this Rust-Oleum product.

It was actually  Mitzi’s blog that inspired the craft.  Isn’t she talented?
I love her generosity in sharing her printables and her ideas.
The vintage coffee labels make we wanna’ Mod Podge everything in my house.
I printed my favorite images onto cardstock.

 

Oh, yea, another staple in my random crafting life.

The look of this vintage label on the black tin made me love, love, love coffee even more.

Because there were so many choices,
I added another vintage label to the opposite side of the can,
making it extra cool for those special people.

What special people am I crafting for?

The same  people who got this match box tin.

….stay tuned….

I have one more wedding present crafting to share with you…

…meanwhile, all these vintage coffee labels are making me crave a cuppa’ coffee…

What do Bad Breath and Matches Have in Common?

There are reasons people use breath mints.

We all know bad breath is #1 reason.
For coffee drinkers like moi, that’s a very good reason.

But this coffee-breath woman has another reason for devouring breath mints.

I love to make stuff outta’ the tins.
The company should make me a spokesmommy, seriously.

Take this very cool Mintz! box.

Add one can of this very nice spray paint to make the box black.

I used to use the stuff for $.88.  That was years ago. Ya’ get whatcha’ pay for.
This $4 a can stuff works really, really well.

Then travel to one of my favorite blog and print out some of these.
Cathe Holden is SO talented and so generous.  She offers a lot of free printables.

These vintage matchbooks are one of many freebies.  Cut out the one you want.

Use this to stick the cool label onto the black box.

End up with one very cool box that perfectly holds two boxes of matches.

‘Cuz ya’ need matches to light one of these.

This was one of the fun things I made for a very special couple…
…for a very special wedding gift…

…more coming…

….while ‘yer waiting for the other blog posts about the wedding gift,
take a hint and buy a box of Myntz! mints.

Seriously, ya’ NEED them, for two reasons.