19 October 2010

From black (or brown) to white

I thought I'd show you how I've changed the look of some items with spray paint and a little distressing.  First, up, these pictures (photo taken at our old house):

I removed the fabric from the frames, and then spray painted each one white with a can of flat white spray paint I'd forgotten I had (Bonus!).  I also mixed up a little brown  glaze to add a little dimension.  This is how the pictures look now:

The rectangle frame had built in mat that I decopauged with some tan cardstock leftover from making my house diorama.  The letters are navy rub-ons I won in a giveaway from Bee in Our Bonnet.  (I love those girls!)  The best part, my baby is learning to recognize letters and commented the other day the picture has two "P"s.  Yes, it does. 

While I was in a painting mood, I also revamped my daughter's pendulum clock.  She got this little thing for Christmas when she was two.  She was completely enamored with grandfather clocks, and that's what she wanted for Christmas.  Here is what it looked like before we moved:

I took everything apart, and painted the main body of the clock white.  I used the little bit of the ORB spray paint to paint the pendulum, and then decoupaged the cute plaid paper to the backing.  

Now it looks like this:

I think it fits in much  better in the new arrangement in my girls' room. (You can see more on the hanging pockets here.)

I finally also painted the floating shelves you saw in our old bathrooms.  They have a new life as white shelves in our master bath.  Pretty blah for now, but I will be making it prettier soon.

Just a friendly reminder of what a cheap and easy update with paint can do.  Hope you enjoyed some peeks into the new home. 

Linking up to:
Blue Cricket Designs, and House of Hepworths.

10 happy thoughts:

Melissa said...

Love, love, love how the clock turned out. So much better than the old version.

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Can you come to my house and do that too?! :)

Unknown said...

good idea

Andy said...

I love the clock! I also love those little hanging pockets, and I'm wondering what they are each for. I see they have little labels on them - can you tell me what they say?

chris said...

Andy, the buckets are labeled for different colors of hair ribbons. It helped to keep that stuff from over-running our bathroom. I had a lot of fun making them.

Terry said...

I use to have that very same clock and I thought about spray painting it but ended up giving it to Goodwill. Now I wished I would've kept it - yours is adorable!

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Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Great ideas! I LOVE the clock. It looks fantastic. The decoupage just really makes the whole thing. Nice work!

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Megan said...

wow! love the clock! I see those all the time at thrift stores, but just pass them by! I guess I should think twice now!

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