Sunday, March 22, 2009

Makeover In a Can...

I love it that a can of spray paint is sometimes all you need to get just the right look!

Case in point, my Pasta Jars!

Many years ago I painted the lids with the "Rust" spray paint kit that you can buy at craft stores. For a long time, I loved the look!

But that time has passed... and it's time for a new look!

I wanted something more like my cookie jar, so I grabbed a can of black textured spray paint and... no time I had brand new (to me!) Pasta Jars!

I think next up for black lids will be the cereal containers!
I'll tackle this project tomorrow...

Next up for a quickie makeover was the Urn that my Boston Fern lives in.

I've had it for years and it moved back up with us from Arizona.
For the past year and a half it has sat, unused, in the backyard in our shed.

It works perfectly for the fern, but it is definitely worse for wear!

Nothing a little spray paint can't fix!

I like the look of it now more than I ever have before!

And I really love how the texture came through by putting a uniform paint color on it!
Before, the paint was so mottled that you couldn't really see the texture. You noticed the variations in color instead.

But I think it has much more character now with all of its crackling and indentations!

And it definitely stands out in front of the fireplace now instead of blending right into the background.

I would say that both of these projects together took me no more than 15 minutes - total!

Definitely worth it!

I got the new look that I was going for and was able to reuse something I already had without having to go out and buy new!

Best case scenario, if you ask me!

To see more "before & after" makeovers head on over to Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday!
Many thanks to Susan for hosting this weekly event!

And after you're done there,
head on over to visit the Thrifty Decor Chick's Spray Paint Party!
She gives some great tips and tricks for applying perfect coats of spray paint and what to do just in case it doesn't turn out quite so perfectly!
There are some seriously crafty ladies over there!
You've got to see this chandelier for a baby girl's nursery!
It is too cute!



Margaret said...

I love spraypaint and you just proved why! Great Job!!

susan said...

Spray paint provides more bang for the buck than anything I know. Are the white lids plastic? Let us know how that works!

june@craftyniche said...

Oh my, your lids and fern holder look awesome!

A Hint of Home said...

Oh, the wonder of paint! It can do just about anything. Great job on both projects.

Cass said...

Amazing. I am awed by what people are doing with spray paint. A trip to our local hardware store is in my near future, that's for sure.
Thanks for the ideas and inspirations!

ceekay said...

Again, I can't believe that you can do that with spray paint! I have got to do some projects!

Mrs. G said...

Amazing what you achieved with spray paint. Beautiful result.

Karla said...

Thanks so much for all of the compliments! :) I appreciate it!

Susan, yes, the cereal lids are plastic. I think I will get some spray paint that is a black primer made for plastic and apply that before I put on the black textured spray paint. Hopefully that will do the trick and it won't chip or peel off!

Thanks for visiting, everyone! :)


"Blossom" said...

The urn is so detailed now. Awesome. A little bit of spray paint can make a big impact.

Wendy said...

I love the urn. The fern looks great in it. I so wish I could keep ferns alive.

I don't mind if you use my bathroom for the board and batten.

Did you see where The Lettered Cottage used it in one of her make-overs? When I clicked to the link, it took me to your site. How great is that? You have been noticed by a big blog.

Wendy said...

Oops, Sorry, it is not on the Lettered Cottage blog, but on the blog she did the makeover for. It
is here

She made over the living room of A Soft Place to Land. Go down to about the middle where it talks about wall treatments. Then click on the link that says "This Post".

John & Jaime said...

You are amazing! I don't see how you get all of this stuff accomplished when you have three ROCK!!

Amy said...

my kitchen is killing me! I'm out of ideas. if you would like to give me your opinion, I'll reference you on the redo if I use it. See "home sweet home" for a picture tour.

melissa said...

Wow~they both look great. You did a fantastic job! I love your blog...

Jen r. said...

Love what a difference it makes! Jen

Kimba said...

Hey girl! Yep, that was me asking a question on Apartment Therapy. I was so excited when I saw that treatment!

I showed Layla's pictures to my husband and his first reaction was "Whoa, that looks expensive and time-consuming". And then I showed him your post and he got right on board.

I can't wait to get started.

Love your blog, by the way. You have fantastic taste.


Cathy said...

Hi Karla,
First time visitor here, and a new blogger. Everything is very well done, enjoyed my visit! Have a wonderful day...Cathy

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

My first time here and everything you have done is lovely - awesome! Can't wait to look around your blog more.

Chandy said...

Great job on that project! I love quick fixes like that!

Happy Monday!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Love all of it!! Your blog is fab -- I remember you from RMS I think? Did you have spaces on there? Love your style.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Spray paint is my new best friend! I never thought of showing the before and after on things..but..I should use my camera more. I just plain get busy and it goes out of my mind.
I do love to transform things though...and have been at it all last week. :)
The urn looks great! And the lids! An entire new look in just seconds. Be sure and show the other containers so we can see the difference. Thanks for sharing on this windy Monday.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Great job! I just painted my urns a few months ago and now you have me thinking- white! Be great for spring!


Jennifer said...

They look great! Spray paint is an amazing deal!

Chloe's Couture said...

Girl, I am all about the spray paint! What a great invention!! Everything looks great!

Linda said...

Gotta love the new decore in a spray can!
Great job on both!
Linda Q

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Love love love your projects AND your blog! I'm new here, visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick, so glad I stopped by!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Your improvements look great~ and we love your name!
Karla & Karrie

Kara said...

Visiting from Thrifty Chic and I love both of your projects! Isn't it amazing what a little spray paint can do?

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Isn't it amazing what a little paint will do! I love the way both projects turned out! Thanks for sharing these for MM! Susan