Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quick Change Artist

The "quick change artist" I'm referring to is my best project friend, spray paint. Just wanted to share some Before & Afters of easy, quick transformations in a matter of minutes,
simply made with spray paint. 

This is the third time I have purchased candlesticks at the thrift store. Why do I always have to get these??
I just can't turn them down if they're in good shape.
These were brassy & looked old-fashioned
when I bought them:

Now, they're an updated, bright silver:

(You can tell I did these forever ago- the "J" on the china cabinet is gone & the rugs have been replaced with new ones.
I like looking back at old pictures & seeing changes.)

These were the ones I used for my "headless horsemen" here:

I still laugh when I look at them. :)

I may hit these with the blue spray paint I had mentioned in my post here. That's the beauty of spray paint- if you don't like it, get tired of it, or just want a change, you can spray it with new!

These napkin rings were bought on one of my very first trips to the thrift store many months ago. They were $1.00 for the set of 6, so I couldn't resist. They are were an ugly mauve,
and some have had blemishes:

I have had the idea for their transformation for a while. I really want to finish them off by painting a silver "J" monogram on each one, but I'm not that good. I am too much of a perfectionist to free-hand letters & I couldn't find the right stencil,
so I will do without for now.

I sanded the heck out of them, most of the ugly pink/mauve paint came off & the blemishes were no more. I then sprayed them all with a golden metallic paint. So easy! These will look great with my gold chargers, especially at Christmas time!

I think they look so much better than the old, darker wooden ones I had before...

Anyway, just a quick post to show my love for spray paint.
Today is Mamaw Ruth's 91st Birthday!! It's her first birthday without my dad in 55 years, so say a little prayer for her today!


  1. Did you by chance use Rust-Oleum paint for these projects? If so I just launched a Rust-Oleum Linky Party on my blog and would love for you to add this and any other projects that you have used Rust-Oleum products on. You can find the party here;
    Hope to see you there!

  2. As a fellow lover of spray paint, I had to click on your post and I'm so glad I did. I love what you did with the old brass canlesticks...I've got lots of these tucked away and now, thanks to you, they will soon have anew life. Happy, Happy Birthday to Mamaw Ruth...I'll keep her in my prayers.
    Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage


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