Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Projects, Smiles, and a Shelf

Hasn't it been fun to see so many variations of one five minute project? Well, I've got two more great ones for you to see. Take a blog trip to visit my friends Darlene and Emily and don't forget to make their day by leaving a note, cuz you know how we all love kind comments!
Ooohhh, and look what sweet Sue gave me.
Isn't she so very nice to think of me? Isn't this a wonderful award? Aaaaww, you know me by now, I'm giving it to ALL of you because every single one of you make me smile. Please feel free to take it home with you. Go visit Sue for the rules that I didn't follow. I'm so rebellious!

It is officially day two of my black spray paint intervention. Cherry suggested that maybe I should host a "Spray paint outside the black box" party. Everyone loves a good party right? What do you think friends? I could throw the party next Monday. That would give you all time to find just the perfect project to paint any color other than black. It might be a challenge because we love our black spray paint. But it could be fun. . .

Speaking of non-black projects, this is my newest.
I bought this shelf on sale at a little boutique. It was the last one, so I snatched it up. I thought I knew right where it would hang, but when I got it home it was too large for the chosen area. I tried it in other spots in my house but the deep brownish red color limited my options. I did think of painting it black, but since it's so big I didn't want the color to be overwhelming. So I decided that Dark Taupe would be a better option.Since I was experimenting with color I thought I'd experiment with gadgets too. See that attachment on my spray can? I cost less than two dollars. You just snap it on any can and then you pull the trigger. Oh! Let me tell you, it's easy and makes you feel just like a spray paint professional!After the paint was dry I took the sander to distress the shelf and bring out the details in the tin that you didn't really notice when it was a darker color.I like the shelf makeover. Dare I say that I'm glad I chose not to paint it black?!?! Now I'm off to find the perfect place for it to hang.

28 comments:

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Blissful Nikki said...

Oh, it looks great! Im totally up for a party next week for sure!!! I even have the perfect project in mind :)

LOVE the shelf though, the color is great!

Shirlee said...

That gizmo on the paint can is cool. The worst part about spray painting is "trigger finger seize up". Do you find that gadget near the spray paint?
That's an interesting shelf, it looks quite substantial. Painting it the lighter colour really brings out the details.
Just wanted to let you know, I'm finally basecoating that tray. I primed it first, now doing two coats of antique ivory. As much as I love your "clock", I've decided to go another route. This is going to sound weird I'm sure but I kept thinking that from the other side of the table, the "clock" will be upside down. We rarely use the DR table and there's not much space on the other side (definitely not enough to walk around) but this is how my mind works, to me..upside down. That being said, I do have a round wood chopping board in my stash of junk that might work for a future cloth face.

Thanks for being such an inspiration and keep on bloggin'!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Beautiful shelf. It would look great in my bathroom, perfect color. Have a great day. Jackie

joelandbecca said...

I love that attachment! I use mine all the time. I think that taupe color is amazing. It turned out to be just darling!

chelle said...

Love the color...it turned out great...That's a neat trick on the paint can...I'm going to get one of those.

I plan on doing you 5 minute project soon...I love that one..

Oh yeah...let's have that party!

Valarie said...

Good color choice!! It looks great :)

Susie Harris said...

Ohhhh that shelf looks great! It's not painted in black.... watch out ladies. Miss Joy is now out of the box!!! I do love the way it turned out... I think it wants to come live with me, smile>>>>

Blanca said...

This looks great! Can't wait to see where you put it.

Blanca

Heather said...

Great color choice - and I really and happy to know about the spray can attachment - it is reusable, right? I was spray painting yesterday - black! It doesn't count though because the frame was already black but badly hacked up by the children - it is where they post their home school handwriting pages if they worked hard on them and do a super job! I noticed how bad it was looking and since it is supposed to be a place of honor, I decided it needed refreshing!

Darlene said...

Oh Joy...how PERFECT that turned out. You know when I first saw the color I thought no, no Joy you have to go back to black but once you distressed it....OMG!!!! WONDERFUL!!! I can't wait to see where it ends up!

I got one of the spray can thingys because I felt like I was getting carpal tunnel syndrome or something...I could only spray paint for a short while and my wrist to the bend in my arm (on the inside) was aching so badly I had to stop. My hubby told me there was an attachment and OH MY how much easier, and the spray goes on better because the pressure stays the same...

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

The shelf looks great, and I am dying to know where you got that little snap-on tool for the paint. Does it keep your fingers from getting all paint-covered?
-Carrie

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I really love seeing all of the takes on your Initial project. I'll be posting a link to it in today's Daily DIY.

Angie said...

I love the details on that shelf and the color looks great! Show us where it ends up!

Joy said...

Answers about my new gadget----
*I bought it at Harbor Freight, but I've seen some in the home improvement stores and paint stores. It may cost a little more in other stores, but it will soon become your new best friend.
*It is re-usable and is simple to snap on.
*It keeps your fingers away from the nozzle, so they stay clean.
*It feels like you have a little more control over the spray, because it's an even pressure on the nozzle.
*No more finger cramps or tender finger tips!!!

Cameo said...

I really liked how it turned out. I have been thinking of buying one of those attachments for a while, I might just do it. A party would be a great idea. It might motivate me to expand my black and white horizons.

Mrs. Trixi said...

As much as I love black, I really love the color you chose.

a day in the life of bella said...

I love it and I love the color, too:)

I have just discovered black, so I will probably have to share something I painted before that discovery, but I will definitely be at your party ;)

Thanks for the invite!

Bella
PS: Come see my white pumpkins, maybe that is what I will share on Monday...hmmmmm....

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Joy, hey I have a little award for you on my blog, stop by when you get the chance and see it. Love your blog!
Blessings, Debbie

nikkicrumpet said...

Wow...that dark taupe my be my new favorite spray paint color...that shelf looks AWESOME!

Mrs. B said...

Hi Joy! I love your shelf makeover. Love the color you painted it! Regarding the black paint, we have quite a bit and I'm really working at convincing my husband that not EVERYTHING we paint has to be black. But I must admit, my next spray paint project will in fact be black.

Lady Dorothy said...

Gorgeous! The distressing/sanding is what did the trick!

I am going to have to buy that spray attachment for my husband. He is the one who loves to spraypaint around here! I think he will love it!

julie said...

That is beautiful! I want it!!! So where did you find that nifty spray painting gadget? Please let us know! Thanks! Julie

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Yeahhhhhhhh a partayyyy! I will save one of my projects than for Monday. I have a tin shelf similiar to yours..yours is bigger. I sprayed mine red. LOVE the taupe you did..and the distressing. I had one of those attachement things and don't knw what happened to it..helps with finger fatigue. cherry

Mrs. Jones said...

That looks soooo much better. I like the taupe color, too.

~Heather

Kelly said...

Looks great! I'd love to see pictures of where you end up hanging it!

The Obstarczyks said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog and absolutely love checking it to see what new project you've stumbled across. I have a question for you. We desperately need a new dining table and chairs. I'm thinking of buying a used one and painting it black (to match my kitchen). I know you're having a black spray paint intervention right now! ;) But, was wondering if you could tell me......can I spray paint any table black regardless of the finish on it? Or do I have to strip the table, or something? I'm giving away my stupidity here!! :) I have found a table that I think I want, used, online and I'm wondering what kind of spray paint to buy and if I can just spray it right on or if there's some sort of prep work to do? Thanks so much! Your new design-idea admirerer, Erica. :)

proudgrits11 said...

Ok, my set is done for now. I'll be posting Monday!!!!! Woo-hoo!!

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