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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Curbside creativity inspired by spray paint

Once a month we have bulk curbside pickup in our neighborhood. I'll admit that I stalk other peoples piles of trash. If I see something I like I usually knock on the door and ask if it is ok if I take it. I have never had anyone tell me "No". The up side is that my neighbors will now often ask, "Do you want this?" before they toss it. This is probably because they don't want to hear me talk about the benefits of Freecycle again . Hey, it's not easy being green.



Here is the loot from a recent dumpster dive, two camp chairs from the 1950's. Ah, they don't make 'em like this anymore. Mr. Decor and I love to entertain and we never have enough outdoor seating.
So, a bit of spray paint ( a favorite tool of mine) and some leftover fabric from my daughter's curtains and voila!




My daughter adores this Ung Drill frame from Ikea. For months I heard about how much she loved its shape and would ask if I could think of any way that she could use it in her decor.
Given that her bedroom is very modern in style I began looking at her bathroom. It features a double sink that is topped by one very large mirror that I am not very fond of. OK, I'll be honest, I hate it. In general I like to see more a decorative mirror over a bathroom sink. But even a decorator can't have everything. As moving is in our future, Mr. Decor would like to stay away from unnecessary expenditures.


I decided that I would take the backing off and just use the frame itself over each sink. Of course a brand new perfectly good mirror in black wasn't working for me, so I picked up a can of jade spray paint.


As I wanted an aged patina, I added a bit of stain once the paint was fully dry.



The interior of the frame was visible in the mirror so I covered it by adding some braided trim that I found at Hobby Lobby. It was originally white.



Nothing that a wee steeping in a bit of strong coffee can't change. As we don't drink coffee ourselves, this is 2 heaping spoonfuls of instant in one cup of boiling water. The trim sat for about 15 minutes and was line dried and then hot glued onto the mirror.


I recently purchased these two pictures online. The seller had excellent photography skills that masked that the frames were very beat up.





So, I taped off the front pictures, grabbed a can of aqua paint and went to town. I think it's an improvement.




The close up shows that I distressed the frame with a bit of sandpaper. Now the dilemma is to sell or not to sell. (smile)



Here is my next victim... err project. It will soon be prairie green.



The cabinet was fairly dirty and dirt is your enemy when spray painting. Make sure your surfaces are clean and you'll also want to use a bit of sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots.

Ventilation and patience is the key. I use a huge tarp and either my (opened) garage or the back patio.

For those of you that live in humid areas, wait until the fall. Your paint will NEVER dry. Because it is so hot right now where I live, I get up at sunrise (5am or so) and am able to get one to two coats on before it gets to hot and the paint won't set.

The key is several light coats for a smooth, even finish. Given my temperature restraints the piece above will take about 3 days to be fully finished.

That's where the patience comes in.

151 comments :

quitecontrary1977 said...

I always love watching you transform junk into treasure! I'm doing the giveaway thing tongiht. swing by my blog later! http://nowenteringmomville.blogspot.com

Happy @ Home said...

Wow, what wonderful transformations you have made.
I especially like what you did over the mirrors. One question, how did you hang the frames on top of the mirror?

Great job.

Kim

karin@creativechaos said...

What a great idea to coverup the expansive mirror....Love it. So glad I stumbled across your blog!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hello Happy Home,

I used the 3M command adhesive hook size medium. The hooks are sold in picture framing departments among other places.
It is one of my favorite products as it pops right off when you no longer need it.
Then I strung a ribbon through the mirror and hung it over the hook.

Elizabeth said...

Love what you did with the mirror frames, saw something similar on an HGTV show. I recently had luck w/ 2 "found" director's chairs. Should have painted like you, instead I sanded and re-stained. Color would be so much more fun!

Alkemie said...

WOW! YOu are so good at this! I love seeing transformations and you've done a fantastic job! Thank you for sharing.

Karen

vintagebella ~ andrea said...

Those chairas are awesome!! come over and say hi!! I have some news on the blog !

Halo Hill said...

Awesome spray can skills!! Love your things, every one of them. Especially love your new cabinet with the cool doors.

perilloparodies said...

from one trash "junkie" to another... love what you have done. and just wanted you to know, that you have been awarded. please got to perilloparodies.blogspot.com to see more. :-) it is simple, but all i have... havea great day.

Shimmy Mom said...

I love the frames on the mirror idea. I'm sending a link to your post to my mother-in-law right now, she will love it too.
I live for thrift store finds. And I too have been known to get things from others trash. I'm so glad to hear that you go green as well. Recycling can be so much fun.
Thank you for the wonderful advice and ideas for more fun.
*hugs*
Shimmy

MoziEsmé said...

I will never look at trash the same again! I've been having such fun doing crafts with "trash" with my baby - when I'm back in the US with more valuable trash on the streets, I will have to start on MY OWN crafts.

Liz said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for your lesson in what to do with that big dated mirror. We faux painted our bathroom a few years ago but I didn't replace the mirror at that time. So now to take it down would mean either repainting or trying to match the existing paint.
I have seen this idea before but you really did a good job of explaining how to make it work.
Thanks!
~~Liz~~

deb mills said...

i've so enjoyed perusing your blog, especially seeing your transformations of reclaimed items. being a sahm most of my adult life, my home is pretty much furnished in this style...at first by necessity, lol, and now by choice.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love the Ikea mirror idea! I think I may have to copy that if you don't mind. I've never been to Ikea but I always see that mirror here and there around the web and I love it!

linda t said...

LOVE what you did with the IKEA mirror!!

paintinpatti said...

I have huge mirrors in my bathrooms, too - and I hate them! You have given me a few ideas! I can't wait to see what you do with the cabinet with the pretty doors!

rösti said...

Hi, can you tell me what type of spray paint to buy if I want to spray paint the plastic Ung Drill frame from Ikea?

SugarandSpice said...

Not that I'm not creative...cause I am. Just Not like this. When I see Junk it's Junk. Yet other people do amazing things with what I want to throw away!!!

BJ_Mama said...

LOVE the mirror frames. GREAT idea!

Jennifer said...

What great ideas you have. The transformations are fab! I use Freecycle here in the UK but the idea of a kerb-side pick up sounds even better! :)

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

You are a decorating genius! There is no way those chairs were from the 50's! And then they turned out all modern and stuff. I love your idea of framing out a large mirrow the way you did. No one ever wants to rip it off the wall and then figure out what to do, so this saves a lot! Great ideas!

Congrats on being today's Featured Blogger. Hope you have a wonderful day!

mub said...

Wow, that mirror transformation is awesome! I wouldn't think to hang them over an existing mirror, but I really like the effect!

{Katie Lane} said...

Wow who would have thought of putting frames on a mirror. It looks great!

MrsM said...

Freecycle is awesome! It's amazing what you can do with pre-loved items.

Laila Of Course! said...

Oh! I love love what you did with the mirrors!

Be sure and stop by my blog and comment/follow. It would really make my day! And I have a photo caption contest going on right now-- be sure and enter.

-Laila
www.randomweavings.blogspot.com

La Belle Mere UK said...

Wow!!! I'm so impressed with your Vision. To be able to see the potential in old junk, and then actually transform it is a skill indeed. You are the perfect antidote to todays "throwaway" mentality. During the current economic crisis we should all be learning to "Make do and mend" and you've given us lots of ideas!

Stopping by from SITS. I love your blog!

Bec xxxx

JennyMac said...

You do wonderful work!

Housewife Savant said...

I already think you're fabulous.
Congrats on being SITS' featured blogger.
Thanks for helping us all be decor savvy. I love your blog.

Tammy Howard said...

Oh, that mirror thing was genius!

meandtheblueskies said...

What great ideas. I especially like what you did with the frames in your daughter's bathroom. Speaking of which, how old is your daughter? That bathroom is huge. I'm 49 and my bathroom is smaller than that. :(

theselfloveproject said...

you seem worthy of being featured in one of those programs at TLC..

Travel With Lilliy said...

Hello Laura,
Your decorating ideas are great! I am always the kind that gets too scared to change things and usually don’t have a clue as how to go about but I like the details of what you have used in each transformation. I am going to keep looking for ideas on your blog may be have a weekend project inspired by you the next time I go to a flea market.
You are the new Shabby Chic! I was always a fan of her books.
Thank you for the inspirations.
Lilliy… new member of SITS and loving it.
http://travelsightswithlilliy.com

Queenie Jeannie said...

Seriously cool beans! Thanks for the tips and ideas!!!!

she's so blog [nicholette] said...

o my gosh! I would never think of this kind of stuff. your awesome. im a new follower :)

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Very nice!

Happy sits day to you!

Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

Oh you're like me....love to make old new! I'm a die hard Thrifter/Yardsaler and I'm always looking for a "victim".

Great Blog!!!!

Ungirdled Passion said...

what a BEAUTIFUL site - I love the mirror idea! I am in the same (big mirror, outdated) situation now. Great, inexpensive update! Happy SITS!

roadrunner201 said...

Wow. It all looks great! Happy SITS day.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love your camp chairs makeover, and the cabinet is pretty cool. :) Stopping by from SITS!

Cher said...

I love those transformed chairs! Trash to treasure---I need to develop that skill!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Great stuff! I love the Ikea frames on the mirror.

Lula! said...

I love the frames on the mirror...very classic, very creative, very chic!

koopermom said...

I LOVE the idea of the frames on the big mirror! It looks perfect! Great finds!

Miss Madras said...

Just stopping by from SITS. I agree with you about spray paint. I would be lost without a few cans around. It's inexpensive and does so much.

Julie said...

Hi Again,

Love what you do with a can of paint! I can't wait to show this to my husband, he thinks I'm crazy when I say I'll just spray paint it...

Julie

Susan said...

I love that bottom cabinet, going to need to look through your other posts and see what you did with it :)

Creative Junkie said...

OMGOsh, I love those mirrors!

I have a hate/hate relationship with spray paint. My problem is holding down the nozzle. After awhile, my fingers are killing me! And, I'm not sure if it's the paint I'm using or my technique, but I get drips all the time.

Love your craftiness!

mommy4life said...

Great job! I have visions of grandeur, but sometimes have trouble with follow-through!!!

Life of a Stepmama said...

Love the mirror frame idea, soooo cute! Happy SITS day!

SarahovertheRainbow said...

Fantastic mirror idea, I'll have to use it in my bathroom ~ I prefer a more artistic mirror as well.

knit1kids4 said...

Wow those are some great finds! Love the mirrors!

Happy SITs day again!

Elizabeth Patch said...

these are great examples of DIY creativity! love the trash to treasures vision.

Tiffany@eatathomecooks.com said...

Congrats on being Saucy today! You're a miracle worker with a can of spray paint.

B.o.B. said...

I am impressed! Those mirrors look awesome.

Happy SITS Day!

Joy said...

Laura, the mirror frames over the big mirror was nothing short of genius. And the camping chair makeover came out so crisp and adorable!

Joy said...

p.s. congrats on your SITS feature day!

Morgan said...

These are some great projects! I'm glad to see I'm not the only person that uses spray paint for projects! :) Congrats on being FB!!!

Kara said...

Love your transformed treasures! That stinks about having to get up so early to paint. I guess I should be grateful I live in a dry state. I never have to worry about humidity!

Elizabeth said...

Ooh, I love the cabinet, I bet it will look gorgeous!! :)

skinner studio said...

The camp chairs are great. You are right, you can never have enough seating, and saving somehting from the trash AND making it gorgeous? - Fantastic!

I really like the frames you re-painted as well - much better color - makes the pictures really pop!

Pink & Green Mama said...

Happy SITS day!! I'm with you on the spray paint and freecycling. I'm the Queen dumpster diver of our street and my neighbors will call to ask if I want it or to freecycle it for them!! LOL! : )

Kasey said...

Wow....love the idea with the mirrors. I've been wanting to do something with my Master bathroom. Lighting, mirrors, etc. and you have definitely sparked some ideas.

Ashley said...

Women across America covet your creativity... including this one.
Happy SITS Day!

(army)Wife said...

I am in love with the mirror idea. I never would have thought of just putting the frames onto a bigger mirror. That is definitely in the future for my bathroom!

Debbie in Nashville said...

These projects turned out great! I love seeing before and after photos.

Michelle said...

YOU are talented. And thanks for the tip...especially the heat one. I didnt know that and have had a problem with that in the past.

Laura said...

I love to paint...anything. Your post had some good makeovers.

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

Your transformations are just beautiful! I especially love how you updated those camp chairs.

Mariel said...

Nice work! I'm very impressed!!

Mariel
www.oneshetwoshe.com

Brandy said...

Amazing! I love the frames on the existing mirror...so creative!

Little Miss Baker said...

I love the frames and the mirros! so vintagy chic and great :)

The Main Ladybug said...

I ADORE the camp chairs!! You know I'll be watching out for some of these at yard sales from now until mission accomplished (sorry I'm such a copy cat - I just am)!

Great work on all the projects!

Jenette said...

I love taking something old and turning it into something beautiful. I love that mirror!

Katie said...

Oh so creative!! I love those chairs!

Stalker v1.5 said...

Total FAB, loved all your ideas (and may steal a few!).

Marrdy said...

Love it!

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Love the frames and your new project...off to find out what you did with it.

Lavender n Lattés said...

Beautiful Work! Happy SITS day :)

Mary at My New 30 said...

What a great job on everything! You definitely have an eye for this - sure wish I did. I can't see past the "present" to see the gift!

Happy SITS Day!!

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Those camp chairs look gorgeous! You are just so inspiring.

stepalicious said...

LOVE the camp chairs...and everything! You are a very creative gal!

TR Hughes said...

Wow - You are so talented. Glad I found your blog!

Visit me sometime - http://www.GuideToLifeForWomen.com

Kimi said...

Too flippin cute. I love the new/old camp chairs! And the mirror and pretty much all of it. :)

Brooke said...

i've got a couple of spray paint projects in the works too...although i seem to be going the opposite direction from you. i'm doing mine in pewter.

happy sits day! and i'm in awe of your creativity!!

Anna said...

Oh my goodness ... I wish I was as creative and talented as you. Those are very cute camp chairs. I never would have thought to turn them into that.
Happy SITS day!!

Stereos and Souffles said...

I adore spray paint!! My new fav is the Krylon no prep that works on everything, including plastic.

Amy said...

You just amaze me...

YOu should come by my place next month on Aug. 7th to show of your talents...

Lance and Jewls said...

I love spray paint! A co-worker and I sprayed an ugly bright blue pamplet holder to a dark sparkly brown so it would match our new office...everyone was impressed and it only took us ten minutes!!
Happy SITS day! :)

missy said...

i have some of those little stools too.....and one of ours is tore too......that is a very cool idea!!!!!!

Mammatalk said...

Now, that's creative!

Robin said...

Gee Anne.....I can't wait to see the cabinet when it is finished. :-)

Christina said...

Visiting from sits great finds. I love the camp chairs.

HollyS said...

I wish I had the time to do creative things like this. Everything is beautiful. You certainly have a gift

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

Wow! Happy SITS Day...you deserve this day of recognition!

Smitten by Britain said...

This must be a record for the most comments I've ever seen. Congrats on the FB.
I love the mirror idea. I've been pondering changing that stupid hollywood type mirror in our bath with two individual ones. This is a fantastic idea. If we weren't selling our house in a couple of years I would steal it.

I love the idea of finding old or broken things and fixing them up and using them to save money. Awesome post.

Kekibird said...

Wow, so cool! It's very inspiring!

Happy FB at SITS Day!

Hanneke Nelson said...

Wow, very inspirational! Being in the middle of a perpetual home make-over, this is a perfect place to stop by for ideas!

Hanneke

Sarah Jensen said...

So I'm not the only one who finds treasures in trash. :)
Stopping by from SITS.

Kristi said...

I am always so in awe of your creations! Way to go, once again. What incredible makeovers!

Chaya Bluma said...

I love your ideas! We are big fans of freecycle as well.

Transparent Mama said...

Ooooh! You are so good at this. I just love what you did with those chairs and the mirror frames. You are too clever.

Traci said...

Stopping by from SITS. Love the ideas.

Mindie said...

Wow. Beautiful. You have such a great imagination and a sense of creativity. I really love the mirror idea. =)

Mama Karebare said...

WOW!!!!!

Rae Ann said...

Happy SITS Day!

Those projects look amazing! I am too much of a spaz for spray paint... And the caliber of bulk trash is much lower!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Happy SITS day! I love those frames..The shape is so cool!

Peyton said...

Hmm... what can I make over with spray paint!

Happy SITS day!

dddiva said...

I really admire your creativity. Great job, glad I stopped by from SITS.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Happy SITS Day. It's absolutely amazing what you did with those chairs and the mirrors. SO Creative.

sandy said...

A girl after my own heart! My dad taught me how to find treasures in the trash! He has found some pretty fabulous things!

You've done a great job here!

MammaDucky said...

I LOVE me some spray paint! Happy SITS!!!

C. Beth said...

Ack--so great!

I loooove Freecycle and have blogged about it a few times too. I'm proud that a few people have joined Freecycle after I told them about it. :)

Zeemaid said...

way to get creative! Love your page design.

Happy SITS day!

Ashley Clark said...

I guess I should start keeping my eyes open for goodies on the side of the road :)

Reeni♥ said...

What beautiful transformations! From drab to fab! Your very talented!

Misty said...

Wow...I love it!!!

The Laughing Idiot said...

The chair thing is great. What did you use to attach the fabric, just staples or something stronger?

The frame on the mirrors is awesome. We have a new house with all those plain mirrors in the bathrooms. In the master bath, it is actually GLUED to the wall so getting it down would be a major ordeal. Putting something right on top with the ribbon is sheer genious!

shortmama said...

Wow awesome job! Love the camp chairs, so cute!

Tiaras said...

Now - I Really ADORE the idea with the mirrors - that is what i have in two of my bathroom s- big plain mirrors - excellent idea!

aforestfrolic said...

Love the blog & Happy SITS day. Paint is the best and you did wonders with that color on the frame, fun, fun!

Jamie :)

My Household Junk said...

You are so much more creative than I am. You see beauty in just about everything it seems. What a wonderful blessing!

Sarah said...

Stopping by from SITS! I love those camp chairs, they turned out beautifully!

Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents said...

My favorites were the mirrors and the staining coffee.

When DD26 had her first apt. in college, we did quite a bit of "finds" and redecorating!

Nice Blog! Stopping by from SITS.

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

visiting from SITS - love your work and I too use Freecycle it's fab isn't it!

glenna said...

Great job of making the old new again! Thanks for inspiration!

Bentley Boutique said...

You are SO creative. I love the camp chairs.
http://bentleyboutique.com/craftblog/

Lady Mama said...

I love what you did with those frames on the bathroom mirror. Stunning.

Helen McGinn said...

You're my new guru! Happy Sits Day!!!!!!!! xxx

Brooke said...

Isn't spray paint amazing?!? I use it all the time. For close to nothing you can turn something very ugly, very chic. :)

Sarah said...

These are so creative!! Great ideas. Happt SITS day!

Rachel said...

Everything looks so good! I love the transformation power found in a bottle of spray paint. :)

Amy said...

absolutely amazing! happy SITSta's day!

Mama Mair said...

You certainly have a talent. I'm going to steal your line about being green by freecycling. My husband calls it bringing home junk when I find useful items on the curb.
Happy SITS day!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Awesome transformations!

Happy SITS day, SITStah.

greedygrace said...

I love what you did to those chairs!

Happy SITS day!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Isn't it amazing what a little spray paint can do??

Atlanta said...

Happy SITS day! Sorry Im so far behind! We have company! I really love the mirror idea!!! My Bathroom mirror is exactly like that and I ALSO love that frame from IKEA!! Ita actually goes with my Black and white damask bedroom! yay!

Aubrey said...

OMGoodness! I love what you did with each and every item. What GREAT ideas!

I will starting my very first, spray paint makeover. I'm SO excited! Thanks for the inspiration!

MarcomMom said...

Came from SITS and, OK, now I want to be you. Can I be you without any discernible decor skills or talent?

Rbarakat said...

great ideas - I love redecorating things!

Controlling My Chaos said...

"Freecycle," I love that.

Michelle (hometc) said...

Nice blog design...and happy SITS day!

Say Anything Notes said...

Visiting from SITS...my dad still knocks on doors to make sure it's okay that he takes what they have sitting on the curb. I have a perfectly working drawing table thanks to him. ;). He also picks me up tons of great book buys from the local library all the time for a buck or two. Or even less! Nice work on everything featured..they all look great! Always, Sarah Elizabeth

CoffeewithZooly said...

What do they say 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' - you're living proof.
Coffee seeping - a great idea.

Beth in NC said...

Coming over from SITS. I love the camping seats and the frames over the bathroom mirror! Those really look nice!

Mama Mel said...

You have some great ideas! I love that you're recycling old treasures! :)

Mel said...

Those mirrors are absolutely gorgeous! I am so glad I found your blog! Stopping by from SITS!

Yaya said...

Wow! These are brilliant!

DNLee said...

those camp chairs are the greatest.

Kim said...

Wow! Those look great! I especially love the color of the mirror pieces after your done with them. Now I just long to be as creative as you are!

piecemeal people said...

Uh...WOW. I feel very, very lazy right now. Very.