Paint with All the Colors

You'd be amazed what you can find in the most obvious of cheap places.  The thrift store.  The street.  See below for some of the trash I've turned into treasure for my home.

When I moved in, I knew I wanted a rocking chair.  I didn't want to spend a lot on it so I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into my local Goodwill and found this beauty for $10!  I still had leftover high-gloss black paint from some previous projects, so I went to work painting it black.  Easy project that dried and got repainted over the course of a few days.  I think there was half a quart or so used, if that.

I found these lamps at B-Thrifty during a random venture down to Woodbridge.  I needed lamps for my living room and I figured I'd just bring these home and find cute shades from Target. Nope. Got home and decided I'd rather spray paint them. Stopped by Home Depot, sprayed two or three coats outside, and voila: headless lamps. (They still don't have shades.  I love them that way.)

Yep. A chair. It will become a recurring theme around these parts.

Not much to this one. I painted it yellow first, then decided I liked this color better. Tip: spray paint was not the best choice.  I could never get it to stick and shine the way I had hoped.  It now sits as a desk chair.

I found this shelf on the street in my complex on a walk with Nena.  I had no idea how I'd use it but it seemed sturdy and so I brought it home.  I had some free paint from a campaign at Sherwin Williams, so I thought pink might be a good shade to try.

Several shades of paint later, here we are.  Those twisty legs were a beast! I used a foam paint brush to get in the grooves, and a large brush to paint the shelves.  I basically let it dry daily, and added another coat.  I sanded a tiny bit, but there was no gloss on it so I didn't think I needed it.  No primer, no shiny glass afterwards.  Just Behr High-Gloss paint.

I don't even know where I got this chair.... but I was going through a chair phase and I wanted to toy with upholstery.

Do it Yourself, Do it With Help.  Me and my friend Ashante from TooThriftyChicks went to work with Ikea fabric and a staple gun.  The odd shape of the back was a little more difficult but I love how it turned out.  Of course, I painted the base. Lol I'm good at basic painting. Again, I didn't prepare the wood at all, just started spray painting.  I probably should have done that differently...

Yet another "found by the side of the road" redesign.  I wanted to elevate Nena's food but I wasn't really sure how to do it and incorporate it into my space.  Filled with a spirit of creativity and some leftover paint, I decided to make her a little dog corner, complete with diva bowls and inspirational quotes.

Trash to treasure. Literally sometimes lol.  Try something new! I have a project in mind already that I'll start working on soon, and I'll post a more detailed step-by-step description on how I've made something old new again.