I love turning someone’s trash into my little treasure. My kids haaaayyyyyyyyyte it when I stop the car and grab something off a curb. I, however, hate to spend money, so I pick up “road kill” all the time. (Old frames are a favorite score.)
One of the reasons I like road kill, besides being free, is that you can experiment a little and you’re not really out anything but your time if it doesn’t work out. (Assuming you have a decently stocked craft closet…)
Last week there were two little tins being thrown out. They were sad and forlorn, sitting on the curb next to someone’s trash cans. I grabbed them, took them home, cleaned them up and spray painted them with a silver metallic paint.
It wasn’t quite right.
Then I decided I wanted a fresh blue-green color. I decided to mix two of my acrylic paints until I got a shade I liked.
It dawned on me that I should be taking pictures about halfway through this project, so I don’t have photos of the various “before” stages.
Using the smaller tin for a “before” photo example, I slopped on a super heavy coat of this paint mixture.
While it was still very wet, I took it outside and sprayed the crap out of it with a clear gloss. (Sprayed the crap out of it is a technical term, meaning you should apply a very, very thick layer of paint.)
I did not allow the gloss spray to dry between coats, but instead I let it run and drip down the sides of the urn.
What I ended up with was the color I wanted, but instead of just looking like a salvaged metal urn, it has a bit of a vintage, ceramic, quirky look to it.
How fun to use something completely the wrong way and still have the end result turn out well.