Friday, November 30, 2012

If you like it then you should of put some spray on it...

Yeah, that title might have been a reach.....and you are welcome for getting that song stuck in your head.
Moving on...
People apparently understand that I have a spray paint problem, and because of this they often seek me out for tips in using spray paint. I am in no way a professional, but I have learned a few things along the way. So here they are, my tips and tricks to spray painting pretty much anything:
Use good spray paint...Rustoleum is my favorite, but my rule of thumb is to spend at least $4 on spray paint. I learned my lesson here, for probably the thousandth time, that cheap spray paint never turns out the way you want it to, or it will take 20 coats, like it did on Ellie...
Three words, long even strokes...that's what she said...oops sorry, inappropriate...But really, you want a light even mist, your hand should never stop moving. It will take several coats this way, but trust me it's worth it.
Never stop or end on the thing you are spraying. Again, long and even sprays. Start spraying before you get to your object and end after your object. You should start and end on whatever your using to catch the over spray. 
When spraying anything that will get traffic (furniture) or is glossy (my green vase, below), sand it down or use a liquid deglosser. It will help rough up the surface, so that it will absorb the spray paint. 

Keep the nozzle at least 10" from whatever your spraying. Nuff' said.
Spray paint has yet to go no VOC (as far as I know), so you should apply it outside or if you're like me, in the garage with the garage door open, and you should wear a mask. You should also leave it in the ventilated area for 24 hours to prevent off-gassing, before bringing it into your home.
Any other good spray painting tips out there? I'd love to hear them!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cover those things up...

Now back to our regular scheduled blogging:
My living room Expedit bookcase has slowly been evolving with all it's new styling. Remember when it looked like this: boring...than it looked like this:
Better, but not quite there...Part of the problem was this:

The keys, I love, only because they have sentimental value (they are each a key from a past home we had separate and together, and they key to the jewelry box my engagement ring was in)...and I'm nothing if not sentimental. The books though, weren't meshing well with my new styling. They were boring and beige. So I took a tip from 5th grade me and covered them. Instead of the old school kraft paper, however, I used fabric. And because, I used no tape/glue, and just covered and tucked the fabric around the book, it is in no way permanent....and because I used fabric that I had lying around, it was free...although I would love to find some fun/bright fabric (maybe in the $1 sample bin)...
This is what they look like now:

A small update but, one step closer to being finished with this little "moment" in my living room....on a side note, does anyone else find it kind of odd when designers say "moment."
 How about you guys? Anybody else channeling your 5th grade self for decorating tips? There would be a lot of posters of Devon Sawa and possibly the Spice Girls...probably...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Those could look better...

Good Monday, and I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend!
Here's a story...about a woman that can never leave things alone....In fact, she cannot sit through a movie, without rearranging furniture or spray painting something...true story.
She was always thinking that things could look better...
She might be slightly insane...
It was no secret that she was obsessed with the gold dipped trend that's been going on lately... it should be no surprise, that she wanted to try her hand at it herself...
The supplies:
Please excuse the dirty dishes in the sink, she had just finished eating dinner...and she is quite lazy...
Taped off:

It was pure love, I tell ya. 
oh, and by the way she is me...Enter shocking gasps..
I cannot wait to break out those champagne glasses for holiday parties!!
For the top three I used metallic spray paint...and yes, I may have gone over board...that is champagne glasses and a hurricane..
The bowl I found in my attic awhile back, I have no idea where it came from, and it was hot pink. I sprayed it white and  literally just dipped the edges in gold metallic craft paint that I had spread all over a paper plate (I know, real genius stuff going on over here, people).
It's worth mentioning, that I never planned on using this bowl for food, in fact I plan to use it to corral some of my jewelry that ends up EVERYWHERE throughout the house, if you want them to be food safe, make sure you buy paint that is non-toxic and meant for porcelain.