Thursday, March 4, 2010

I've Got a Painting Bug ...

OK, I'm guilty of being inspired by all the blogs that are transforming things with paint. I've been painting everything lately: tin vases, clay pots, picture frames ... you get the idea. One of the items was this tin box I've had for years. I use it to hold my Lipton tea bags. When I bought it, the finish was a distressed creme. One day I wanted it to be oil rubbed bronze, so I painted it. It didn't come out very well. It was too ugly to photograph. So, a few days ago I spray painted it black. Why not? I seemed to be painting everything in the house black ... Loved it ...

The problem is ... there was too much black on the counter.

So, I decided to paint it green. I used craft paint which was a little dull.

So, I distressed it a little with sandpaper. It looked a little better.

The black paint showing through makes it more interesting.








But, since it was a matte finish, I had to add a clear shiny coat.

Voila! I like it! 

The center picture frame used to be gold. Painted that, too. I'm dangerous with a can of spray paint. Do you have the paint bug lately like I do? Or is it just me?


Thanks for stopping by,


Pam





16 comments:

  1. Love the green with the distressed look! That would look great in my kitchen!

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  2. Ok Pam, I'm going to share a little secret! I used to spray paint anything that was standing still! For years I had a space in an antique mall and what I did was paint old furniture, then "distress" it until the old finish came through. If you sand it with sandpaper, it leaves scratches. Here's the secret: get a soft cloth, dip it in lacquer thinner and slightly rub where you want the underneath to show through. Easy peasy!
    Your box is gorgeous green with the black showing through!

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  3. Thanks for the tip Delores! I will have to get some lacquer thinner for my next project! On this project I used a fine sandpaper & had to be very careful sanding the raised design. I did have to touch up a few spots, though.

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  4. You did a great job. Amazing what a little paint can do:)

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  5. The green makes a nice pop!

    Alison

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  6. Looks nice! Love your kitchen too, I love dark cabinets! Could never go back to white ever again! Have a great weekend!

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  7. Oh I love it in green! That's one of my favorite colors. I was reading vignette's designs tip...very good idea, I've also heard of people using wax to distress wihtout scratching too. Anywho, your little tin looks awesome!

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  8. GREAT JOB!!!
    I too LOVE painting to refresh tired objects... I love it but my hands, nose and garage do not... LOL

    :D Lynda
    nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com

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  9. I'd paint my kids if they would stand still long enough! Just kidding! I love the green. I'm on a green kick! Stop by my painting blog and say hello sometime! Blessings, Jennifer

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  10. I love the green too, and the bit a black showing thru makes the detail stand out. I just picked up a can of Olive Green spray paint today so by this time tomorrow (later today)I too will have a few green things around the house. It just occurred to my that it is St. Patrick's Day so the green is appropriate.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Nice - it adds a touch of color and matches perfectly with that napkin! Oh, and it's green for St Patrick's Day!

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  12. Oh, you're not the only one! I paint EVERYTHING! Actually just started my own small business refinishing furniture bc I love to paint so much. I like how the tin turned out with the black peeking through...keep on painting! -shaunna :) (passing through from power of paint)

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  13. very fun, that's a great shade of green

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