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spray paint with caution

What follows is a quasi-successful thrift store re-do project :)  When I found this desk drawer set at the Salvation army, it was covered in scratches and doodles.  I decided that it had potential, so I went to the paint store and picked up some spray paint to make it pretty!

Slight problem, though.  I live in a 650 square foot condo, with not a lot of room to spray paint in.  To the deck I went.

I knew I had to cover the deck with something to protect it from the paint, so I used an old sheet.  It didn’t cover the whole deck, but it covered the area where I’d be spraying.  Should be fine, right?  Hmm.  Not so much.

It was big enough for the obvious spray paint marks but not for the “mist” that inevitably happens when you are literally spraying paint.

and for a close up…

Yep, those are permanent blue and white marks on our deck.  I am hoping that the sun might eventually fade it?!

Once I realized I had made my mark on the deck, I stopped in my tracks.  Hence the unfinished drawers and yellow peeking through.

You can’t really tell with stuff inside, so it’s I’m not too concerned.  I might mod podge the insides of the drawers though, since I’m on a kick anyway :)

But here’s the final project!


I have taken an unspoken vow to wait until we have a backyard (or I find a field) to spray paint in!

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mod podge basket re-do

Look what I made!   A while ago I posted about some items I found at the Salvation Army.  Well, a few weeks ago I had an evening to myself so I gave myself permission to make a mess mod podging on the dining room table!  I had a big package of scrapbook paper that I got for Christmas a while back, so I chose a colour I thought matched with my bathroom decor and ran with it!

before

after!

As my first mod podge project.. there are a few imperfections.  I used this tutorial and it was super helpful.  But I learned the hard way that when she says “KEEP smoothing for a minute or two,” she really means it!  I’m so impatient that this part was hard for me.  Nothing worse than bubbles (of which I have a few) or peeling edges (ditto) that happen when you don’t spend enough time smoothing it out.  So I learned my lesson.  But you can only see them when you look reeeally closely, so it doesn’t really count, right?  Right.

Now I can’t help thinking all the time, “What else can I mod podge?!”

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I love Sally Ann

Ha, I’ve never called it that before.  Not sure why I just did.  But… there’s a Salvation Army on my way home from work and I can’t help but stop by once in a while and check out the scene for treasures!  I’ve found a couple of toys that I’ve used for work (sanitized the heck out of ’em first!) but just wanted to share a few others!

item 1: desk drawers

scratches and doodles - nothing a little spray paint can't fix?

item 2: basket

could be a fixer upper to hold bathroom stuff?

item 3: iced tea sign

my first modge podge project?

I’m excited about the possible transformations!  I’ve already got to work on the drawers – it’s been my first spray paint adventure.  So far I’ve already figured out that nail polish remover works great at getting spray paint of your fingers!  (But for all I know this may be common knowledge and I’m stating the obvious).  I’m learning!

 

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