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An End to my Odds #3


No one has ever accused me of being decisive and my clock update is definitely evidence of that. Even when it comes to time (one of the most concrete concepts in existence) I still manage to waffle.

Clock

I bought this clock a couple years ago from Family Dollar (not kidding) for $10. I know it SOUNDS like I’m cheap and will do anything to save a buck, but in reality….that is totally the case.

After two years of living with an antiqued clock, I decided to punch it up a bit. It’s made of (a cheap) metal so I wanted to paint it silver (because I STILL had some left!..and) to stay consistent with it’s texture.

I removed the clock face from the frame and set to work spraying it.

Silver

But alas, I painted it silver and even did a little dry brushed yellow to access the details, but the spray finisher got me AGAIN! As I mentioned in other silver paint projects, the finisher dulls the metallic sheen, which leaves the item looking grey. Once my grey and yellow clock made it up on my wall I decided that it looked like a paler, cheaper version of itself (which is hard to do, considering it cost so little.)

Silver Grey

So… I popped it back out of its happy, little, metal home and sprayed it down with a new color. The prettiest blue ever! EVER! I even painted a frame with it, just because it’s so fantastic…oh AND because I didn’t want to buy a new can…but I digress.

Please excuse my pictures, they were taken at night and I’m not even going to pretend that the bright glow to the left isn’t my attempt at lighting up the place. I am not a photographer; I shouldn’t even be allowed to handle a disposable camera.

Better Blue

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An End to my Odds #2


I pulled the old switcheroo. So much happened with gifts that were recently given that the only way to explain (as usual) is with photos.

My aunt gave me a picture in a frame that made it look too country (the painting with several flowers.) I had a before picture at one point, but I didn't think I would ever use it so I deleted it. Oops, I guess the joke's on me.

My aunt gave me a picture in a frame that made it look too country (the painting with several flowers.) I had a before picture at one point, but I didn’t think I would ever use it so I deleted it. Oops, I guess the joke’s on me.

As you can see I popped the picture out of the frame and found a home for the painting on a shelf. The frame got a makeover too.....

As you can see I popped the picture out of the frame and found a home for the painting on a shelf. The frame got a makeover too…..

My sister gave me a picture that I liked, but the frame brought out all of the darker aspects and it made it...well less appealing than I normally would.

My sister gave me a picture that I liked, but the frame brought out all of the darker aspects and it made it…well less appealing than I normally would.

I took the photo out of the dark frame (which I threw away) and painted the other picture frame hot pink. Next I used painter's tape and blue spray paint to paint the frame blue with a pink stripe. I cut down the picture and plexiglass and stuck it in the frame.

I took the photo out of the dark frame (which I threw away) and painted the other picture frame hot pink. Next I used painter’s tape and blue spray paint to paint the frame blue with a pink stripe. I cut down the picture and plexiglass and stuck it in the frame.

I was able to take two unusable pieces and turn them into fun additions to my colorful walls.

An End to my Odds #1


My first odd project was a cute, little owl figurine that the sellers left. Oh, did I say cute? I meant dull and a little on the lifeless side.

Owls

They weren’t hideous enough to be unsalvageable, but I could see chicness just dying to come out!

Quite honestly it took very little skill and even less time. I just spray painted the figurine from every angle, waited for it to dry and coated the heck out of it with  some glossy spray finish.

I knew that I wanted to place it on my mantel, which also has several colorful bottles and other “whatnots.” I chose blue because the majority of the mantel colors are variations of yellow, orange and pink and I needed a color with some presence and weight.

I am no longer ashamed of these discarded love birds. And on a side note, aren’t you impressed with me for not using the word “hoot” in this post? So many puns were flying around in my head, but I just couldn’t be that ridiculous…at least not today. So, you’re welcome.

Art Vanity


My daughter just turned three on June 22, so I am currently in Florida, woohoo! Tropical Depression Debby isn’t going to put a damper on my fun! It will, however, put a damper on long blog posts. For the rest of the week (after THIS post) all my posts will be short and sweet, in a series called “An End to my Odds,” which basically is the random small stuff around the house that I have Space-Lifted but never posted.

So without further ado, here is my vanity update in images. Enjoy!

This is how the vanity began. It's super cute, but a bit on the small side.

This is how the vanity began. It’s super cute, but a bit on the small side.

This is how the vanity began. It's super cute, but a bit on the small side.

Here it is with the batwings out.

I disassembled all of the moving parts and primed the whole thing.

I disassembled all of the moving parts and primed the whole thing.

Then I painted it a really ugly “Navajo White” and accented it by painting the stool light blue and (under the advisement of a friend) covered it with orange fabric.

As you can see this was an ugly mistake. I couldn't even find pictures of the vanity, so I must have known it wouldn't stay Navajo White for very long. As a side note: Never take advice when it comes to style (especially if you already have a plan in your head) because you know what you're doing and you shouldn't ever second guess yourself...unless it's for safety reasons....in that case, wear a helmet.

As you can see this was an ugly mistake. I couldn’t even find pictures of the vanity, so I must have known it wouldn’t stay Navajo White for very long. As a side note: Never take advice when it comes to style (especially if you already have a plan in your head) because you know what you’re doing and you shouldn’t ever second guess yourself…unless it’s for safety reasons….in that case, wear a helmet.

I had to do a little drawer repair as well. The Navajo White crackled and there were some pretty jacked up holes I had to fix with wood filler.

I had to do a little drawer repair as well. The Navajo White crackled and there were some pretty jacked up holes I had to fix with wood filler.

Next came Round 2. I disassembled the item again and spray painted it green and pink.

Next came Round 2. I disassembled the item again and spray painted it green and pink.

I used chalk board paint in the middle section of the table. I tried to pull the dividers up and realized that the dividers pulled up all of the fabric.

I used chalk board paint in the middle section of the table. I tried to pull the dividers up and realized that the dividers pulled up all of the fabric.

But I used that to my advantage and filled it in with fabric.

But I used that to my advantage and filled it in with fabric.

This is how it turned out. Because it is Olivia's art vanity, I let her paint the mirror herself. It may not coordinate with the rest of piece, but it's just perfect.

This is how it turned out. Because it is Olivia’s art vanity, I let her paint the mirror herself. It may not coordinate with the rest of the piece, but it’s just perfect to her.

I even screwed on a clip (that use to be attached to my work batch...hooray for free junk!) so she can display her pictures. That's right, this puppy is not just for chalk!

I even screwed on a clip (that use to be attached to my work badge…hooray for free junk!) so she can display her pictures. That’s right, this puppy is not just for chalk!

Happy Birthday

Maybe I didn’t get her a new doll or a sweet game for her birthday, but this gift was made with so much more love than anything I could ever buy!

Leafy Lights


Apparently I’ve been focused on lighting recently; from my tension lamp to my table lamp, I’ve done some pretty simple updates. This most recent one is a bit more complicated as I took my cue from Pinterest. I HATE saying that I got ideas from Pinterest because (as much as I like the site) I feel like it’s so cheap to copy ideas outright, especially when you know 500 other people are doing the exact same thing. Regardless, I always put my Space-Lift twist on things, but Project 1 and Project 2 are what inspired me.

I started with a piece of mirrored art that I bought at Family Dollar two years ago for $10; pretty reasonable for what it is.

Before

It was alright, but definitely lacking in the *Oomf* department.

First I opened up the back and popped out the mirror, which was fit to the back like a picture frame, and did a quick and dirty silver spray job.

Silver

Next I gathered some leaves, stuck them into place with double-sided tape, and sprayed it down with a calm blue.

Blue

When I pulled up the leaves, I thought the silver was too stark of a contrast from the blue, so I laid down a couple more leaves and sprayed around them with green. Once I was satisfied with the amount of green I added, I did a quick, light coat of the blue over the whole thing so it muted the green and silver a bit.

Fabric and Lights

Once all of the paint was dry I took it inside and hot glued purple and cream fabric to the back of the wood. Then I took some Christmas lights (LED lights would work best because they won’t get hot, but I used regular ones because I know I won’t have it on for long periods) and stapled them to the back. MAKE SURE NOT TO KNICK THE WIRES WITH THE STAPLES!

Finally it was time to display my lights! I was initially going to hang it on the wall, but I got lazy. THAT’S RIGHT! I can admit it. I got super duper lazy and decided not to (technically) finish.

The lights on the back were too bulky to allow for the lights to sit flush against the wall. I anticipated this and was prepared to build out the back with some scrap pieces of wood so it would be  a box full of lights, more than a piece of wood with lights behind it. Also I knew I would have a cord hanging from it and that isn’t sexy in the least. So I scrapped the whole “wall idea” and just set it out on the entryway piece by my door.

Glow

I know my new artwork doesn’t compensate for the ugly wallpaper that I haven’t gotten around to removing yet,

but you’ve got to start somewhere.

I’ve Been Framed!


Actually, that’s a lie, I haven’t been framed– I did it!

What did I do? Well I made a drab painting in my house look like it went through a Rainbow Bright Sparkle Bath. …I’ll show you what I mean…

This is a *slightly” older picture (I’ve updated the light since this was taken) but you get the gist of this flower picture, right? The picture itself isn’t awful, but the frame is so dark that it looks like an ogrish waste of wood. So I ripped the backing off the frame, pried up the staples and took out the picture and matting.

I decided that I wanted to update the frame, but I didn’t want to bust into a new can of spray paint. First I tried to finish up my yellow…but I didn’t get more than 5 sprays until it petered out on me. Then I tried to finish my light blue, but that yielded the same results.

BUT FINALLY! My light green saved the day! I was able to cover the whole frame and even have some paint to spare. Also (as per usual) I had the sudden urge to throw glitter at the wet paint. And then I decided to accent small areas of the picture itself with glitter (Yeah, that’s where the sparkle bath comes in)..

But this is what came of it…

As you can see, the space looks quite a bit happier. I mean, I will be the first to admit that this was a cheap shot and it looks like a couple sorority chicks did this while they were wasted, but I feel like every room is entitled to at least one item with that description.

Even when I closed the curtains and shut off the spotlight (like I did in this picture to the left) it is still brighter than the ogre that it once was.

Guilt Table


My latest piece was made primarily because I am a jerk. You see, I finished my bedside table and just HAPPENED to put it on my boyfriend’s side of the bed. He was so excited to have a table, but it was suppose to be mine… the only thing I could do to get it back without making Kyle feel like a second-class citizen was to tell him that I had an even BIGGER, better and More Spectacular bedside table in the works. What (in the eyes of a man, namely Kyle) would be So fantastic? Well, a Detroit Tigers table of course.

The table started something like this….

Sandy Start

Which is only semi-accurate. I forgot to take before pictures until after I started sanding. So It had legs and long, decorative hinges running along the top.

I had about 4 false starts on this puppy so I didn’t take any pictures. If I had taken them, you would see this same item in about 4 different colors, so I will skip you that nightmare and cut to the REAL chase.

I sanded, primed and spray painted dark blue. I painted the inside bright orange (in true Tigers fashion) and did a little fancy stencil work.

Just like the back of a baseball shirt, I stenciled Kyle’s last name in a semi-circle (hey, who doesn’t want to be a famous, pretend ball player?) and Kyle’s favorite number…(yes, he has a favorite number….)

Once everything dried I decided not to put the same hinges back on because they looked a little too cottage. Now I know my bedroom is trying to give a nod to cottage style, but I didn’t want to forget this table was made for a sports loving dude; not the type of guy who would appreciate quaint charm.  So, I decided to use shiny smaller hinges that were hiding in my basement.

And this is what happened…

Finished

As you can see, the Tigers orange is hidden safely inside, so everyone is happy. Kyle has a Tigers table and nothing clashes in my bedroom; everything is once again right with the world.

Orange

Plus he has a handy new place to store his socks. Yep…that was my suggestion too.

:-)

The best part? He has no idea that I only made this so I could get my table back.

I hope this isn’t the day he decides to start reading my blog.

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