New frame of mind

After all the sanding, painting, and grumbling of trying to make my trays smooth and lacquer-like using brushes and foambrushes, I needed a break. I took a look at my loooong list of Possible Projects and settled on “repaint 3 frames”. Ok, THIS one should be easy.

Here are my 11 x 14 frames BEFORE, looking nice and old-fashioned…

Poor old-fashioned frames, before
Poor old-fashioned frames, before
Paint for project...Benjamin Moore color samples rock!
Paint for project…Benjamin Moore color samples rock!

What to do, the opportunities are endless! I saw some yellowish spray paint (a VERY important element – spray) I had been meaning to return to Lowe’s because I found some better paint for the “lawn chair project” (coming later, LOL) at Ace. Tangent here, ACE — what a GREAT PLACE!!! First, it’s closer. Second, it tends to be locally-owned. Third, it’s smaller and less crowded, BUT – get this…I think it has more of the day-to-day stuff! Especially paint 🙂  Plus, it’s where I found this wonderful little jar of Benjamin Moore color samples, oh my goodness I wanted to buy them all. But that day I only bought a pretty slate blue and this slightly metallic grey, shown here…

So I was ready to begin. Now let me explain that it has been raining non-stop for 40 days and 40 nights and this was the first day I saw some sun for the entire morning. I was going to make some progress at lunchtime! I took two of the frames outside (remember this for later) and saved one of them for another project – you’ll love what I do with it 🙂  Gave them a quick spray and thought, “Wow, these look pretty darn good! They might not even need another coat!”

rain over herbs
Surprise afternoon rain (really? I live in Florida, right?)

Now the funny part, not 30 minutes later it starts pouring down rain. Not kidding. Did it thunder first? Not that I noticed. Did it turn dark? Not BEFORE it rained. Totally out of the blue. How do you like that?

So I RAN outside to grab the frames thinking they were ruined, but because I’d SPRAYED them (with outdoors type paint, no less), they were already pretty much dry and looking good.  Take a look…

yellow Valspar outdoor spray paint on frames
Glossy yellow SPRAY paint

So you’re thinking to yourself, “hmm, yellow? Really?” Well, wait until you see what I did with the grey paint and a dry brush! (look it up, yellow and grey are “in” colors this year…)

 

 

 


15 minutes total work, much better than those darn trays! Do you like them?

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Something for nothing, or — Pickers!

One day fairly recently, I had the most incredible day (for hobbies, anyway)!   I went to the auction with my boss and friend, it was my first time and I had a blast! 5 hours in the blazing hot sun, but I scored big – two bamboo shelf thingies, one “leather” padded coffee table ottoman, 4 art pictures, one small wood table, and an AWESOME leather alligator storage box. Then, when I dropped my filthy car off to be cleaned I ‘just happened’ to see a garage sale so I stopped by and found some coca-cola glasses and a very heavy wood medicine cabinet for (wait for it) TWO DOLLARS. Yep, you read that right. I’m sure some of these items will be ending up as a story here later.

Then after lunch and a couple of refreshing drinks (oh yes, THAT kind of drink, LOL. It was HOT, remember?) – I came back home and found the cherry on the top – two perfectly fine lawn chairs somebody had left by the trash, just need a bit of sanding and painting. Yep – FREE. Here’s what they looked like before I got to work on them.

Lawn chairs - One man's trash...
One man’s Trash
lawn chairs - ready to go
Will soon be another woman’s treasure!

When I inspected them closer, it was apparent they had been previously spray painted. Flat black over a dull beige – and I don’t think it was outdoor or metal or plastic paint. So I got to work with my trusty mouse sander and gave them a one-over and then a washing.

First, I sprayed the seats a couple of times with the Krylon Plastic green paint – but didn’t like it. Turned out more “mint” than “sage” so I dug out the yellow spray paint from my picture frame project and did them over. Much better!

Lawn chairs - covering up the green
Mint green?  No, not for me. Let’s try it again!

Lawn chairs - halfway through

After that dried, I re-taped and gave them a quick spray (because guess what? Yep, it was threatening to RAIN again. Super.) with dark bronze Metal Spray — much better than the flat black, plus it matched the lawn table that I found, guess where, the trash!! Yep – FREE. Shazaam! HGTV’s got nothin’ on me.

Brand new lawn chairs - with their cousin table
Gorgeous, right? And MY personal style :)

So what do you think? You love it, right? I figure I saved about $200 here. More pickin’ in my future, LOL