If you have instant buyers remorse when you put whatever you just bought on your shelf, and it just looks awful… don’t fret. We’ll spray paint it.
You know when you’re in HomeGoods or Michaels or… anywhere really, and you see something in your peripherals! The cart comes to a screeching halt, flip it in reverse and get lost in the unassuming ‘thing’ that’s calling to you. It literally leaps from the shelf into the cart. Fate! You don’t even marinate on it while roaming the rest of the aisles, or edit as you put your haul on the counter at the check out, because you have a coupon and it’s perfect.
Then it all goes to heck in a hand basket as soon as you get home. Instant buyers remorse when you put whatever you just bought on your shelf, and it just looks awful. Bless.
Y’all, I am fluent in this experience. This ceramic artichoke… First of all, I am not a home chef of any caliber and don’t know how to even begin to prepare an artichoke. I’ll never make it to Master Chef in this lifetime, and I decorate my kitchen as such by using items that are mostly irrelevant to food. Second, the only kind of artichoke I really like is the kind I dip chips into. What business do I have buying a ceramic artichoke?
Then there’s this chippy owl. Cards on the table, I really liked this one when I bought it and all my accessories were in the green and yellow realm. Owls are my jam and have them all over the house in random spots, and this one was chippy, rustic, and green. On my shelf he sat. Then he went to above my cabinets in the kitchen. Then he went to the basement… because it’s a green owl.
So I’ve got a green artichoke, a green owl, and an empty shelf.
We all know what a great coat of spray paint can do to transform something we otherwise can’t bear to look at, right? I have always wanted to spray paint things I found at the thrift store and transform them into something glorious, but never have found the right things. The owl and artichoke are my toe-dips into the spray painting cast-offs.
I knew I didn’t want glossy, so I figured I’d give the chalky finish spray paint a try. I like those paints that have the finish of that stuff you write on a blackboard with (wink wink), so I figured that stuff in a can would make a super simple project for the Thrift Store Decor challenge this month!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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SPRAY PAINT FIXES (ALMOST) EVERYTHING.
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I’ve got the artichoke, owl, and a glass vase from Ikea cleaned and ready to transform, and a lone can of Krylon Chalky Finish spray paint, in white.
I like these chalky-type paints, and was pretty surprised how nice this one sprayed on. I’ve never used it before – what can I say, this was another spur of the moment purchase. Big surprise there.
I love how the spray paint accentuates the cracks and chipping on the owl. I do not love the artichoke… we’ll see how it turns out. Too smooth. Too artichokey.
Gotta say, I love this little guy.
Not a fan of the artichoke. Anyone want an artichoke?
And now for more thrifty goodness!
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