A few weeks ago I stumbled across a blog I really like: Thrifty Decor Chick
I thought, “Wow! This is awesome. Here is a girl who thinks like I do…. re-purpose, re-use, re-finish, etc.” She loves Goodwill and yard sales, and she shares my love of spray paint. Little did I know, that there is an entire blog community of crafty, creative people (moms!) out there who think like me. Ohhh! I have found my people!
So Miss Thrifty Decor Chick had a “spray painting party.” Huh? Apparently you link to her website and share one of your spray paint projects. Well to show that I am more than just a smart-ass with a bunch of wacky anecdotes, I am going to try to post some of the projects I do on occasion.
I come to the party late (does that make me a party crasher?) and I offer up the dining room chairs I did for our cabin.
I snagged 6 of these ugly restaurant chairs off of craigslist for $5 each.
I spray painted them barn red and recovered them with a cow-hide print. (The paint looks brighter in the photo.) Total cost for all six of was $70. I hope to eventually replace the cow-hide print with the real thing, but can’t find pieces that are the size/pattern/coloring I want. (Or the price I want.) I am collecting the pieces slowly but surely, a la eBay.
Conversely, (as far as painting) another craigslist find for the cabin:
I removed a horrible, offensive sponge paint treatment from this $25 solid wood dresser. (…Scrape, scrape, scrape. Sand, sand, sand. Refinish, refinish, refinish….)
I added real cowhide pieces to the drawer fronts, covered the edges with furniture tacks and added cute pulls (also from eBay). Total cost for this dresser? About $50 and a lot of elbow grease. However, the pain was worth it when I saw a similar piece in one of those cutesy, rustic decor boutiques and it was going for more than $900. Yipes!
(And yes, the carpet at the cabin is hid-e-ous, but that’ll just have to wait. The bathroom still isn’t finished. From November!)
Great ideas and inspiration from this “party” and the projects women have posted. Maybe this will be a regular thing I can do. (When I’m done wrangling kids, doing laundry….)