I am so in love with Thrifty Decor Chick and the crafty blogging community, I just had to submit another post for her Spray Paint Party. I know I posted this a few weeks ago, and I’m late (again) to the party, but I liked this project and wanted to share…
I’m kind of cheap when it comes to decor.
What I mean by that, is that I love a beautiful room…. I just don’t want to pay a lot for it. Therefore, I am always trying to re-purpose something, re-finish something, etc. I make Rich crazy because I am reluctant to get rid of anything that might possibly come in handy later on.
Once I had cardboard inserts that served as packing when I bought a new stove, and when I moved I made Rich pack them in a U-Haul and drive them from WA to CA because I was convinced I could make a big picture frame out of them. (They were a really cool shape. All they needed was a mitre saw and a little paint!) Ultimately, they were moved 1,000 miles only to be thrown away, so we’ll never know what they could have been.
I do the same thing with clothing. (Which, when I finally did clean out my closets, quickly bit me in the ass when it came time to dress for an 80s party and I realized I had recently gotten rid of clothing that would have been perfect for the occasion. I actually had to buy something. grr.)
Anyway. I always, always hit the after Christmas sales in order to stock up on decorations for cheap, but I have never made it a point to do the same for other post holiday sales. So, as I am dragging out the Easter/Spring decorations, I want to fill an apothecary jar with those natural-looking, sort of speckled quail or robin’s eggs, and realized I don’t have any. I also wanted them now(!) and didn’t want to go out searching the stores or wait for online shipping. (Also? They’re kind of pricey!)
Not to worry! I have 800,000 of those bright, plastic eggs. I also have spray paint and glue. I glued the eggs together with good ol’ Elmer’s glue, and it also served as a sort of caulking, so the crack wouldn’t show as much. I sprayed them with cream colored paint, then shot them lightly with a can of fleck paint (left over from Devin’s 4th grade California Mission assignment).
When they were dry, I took half of them and misted them with a spray bottle filled with a mixture of water and light blue paint. When dry, I dumped them all in a jar. Viola!
Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Smith & Hawken, Martha Stewart = $$$$$
Viv’s Version = Free
My way is better. (As usual…)
(No. My way is usually better.)