Friday, September 30, 2011


My project today came from my local thrift store. Don't you love all of the thrifted and up-cycled projects out there. It feels good to be a little green.

I've been pondering purchasing a framed piece of sheet metal to hang on the wall at the bottom of my stairs to the basement.
I thought it would be a great place to hang snapshots and some of the kids papers.
And I wanted it to be easy to switch them out so I thought a magnetic board would be perfect.
However, I've been pondering and pondering and not acting.

I was at the thrift store the other day and stumbled upon this fun chunky oval frame.
It looked as if in a former life it was a mirror with a metal back.
The mirror was gone but the metal backing was still there.
I think you literally could see the light bulb above my head as I thought about the possible futures for this frame and decided it would be perfect at the bottom of my stairs!
And at only $3 I totally scored!

I am the worlds worst "Before" picture taker. I just get too excited to get started and forget.
Sorry, my bad.

So this is the most before I've got.

I decided I wanted to do a fun semi-bright color because the little wall it would be hanging on is pretty dark and not fun. It needed a little life, a little party going on.

When I went to purchase some spray paint this color called to me so I went for it.

I didn't notice it wasn't regular spray paint, it's protective enamel, until I got home.
It went on nice but the dry time was 24 - 48 hrs.

I painted some black glaze on the frame and then wiped most of it off with a cloth.
I wanted the flowers to have a little more depth.

I'm pleased with how it turned out.
I've been considering painting the metal backing with chalkboard paint, but I'm not sure yet. I'll keep thinking on it.


Anonymous said...

I'm in love!!!

irbuanosraL said...

This is gorgeous!