DIY Spray Painted Striped Metal Box

Good morning! Are you ready for another week? Do you have lots of plans? I hope it’s something fun!

I have my last camping post today and then it’s time to move on to fall! Can you believe it? I try to get ideas out to you a little bit early so you have time to try out some ideas or decorate before the season is over.

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I showed you this metal box during my trailer makeover here, so I’m going to show you how I painted it. This box was a black metal box. I didn’t get the before picture, but I primered it a couple of times and then spray-painted it white. This is just one coat, but I painted two coats.

metal box white

Painter Tape                  Rustoleum Primer                   Metal Box

I spray painted the inside of the box with Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover Satin Aqua. Then I used painters tape and newspaper to protect the bottom part of the box and painted the top edge the same Aqua.

metal box painted tape

Here’s how one side turned out. It looked good…

metal box turquoise stripe

This side not so much. I was in too much of a hurry and sprayed the paint too thick and then it dripped. I sanded it a little and was able to paint over it.

metal box with drips

I placed the painters tape over more sections to paint another stripe. I should have used newspaper to cover the painted parts, because I tended to get overspray. So don’t do what I show you, do as I tell you! 🙂 Cover other areas with paper! It ended up taking more time than it should have.

metal box painter tape spray paint stripes

I used all Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover spraypaint. In addition to the Aqua, I used Real Orange, Navy Blue, Green Apple, and Sun Yellow.

metal box spray paint stripes orange, turquoise

Rustoleum 2X Real Orange    Rustoleum 2X Navy Blue   Rustoleum 2X Aqua

Rustoleum 2X Green Apple    Rustoleum 2X Sun Yellow

I used these colors to match the shower curtain in the trailer, but it matches the whole makeover. I used it this past camping trip to store flip-flops in. This way it’s easy to grab a pair on your way out the door or place the shoes in when you come into the trailer.

metal box with painted stripes storing shoes

It could also be used to store beach towels in. This way you don’t get the constant question, “Where’s my towel?”

metal box with painted stripes and towels

Lastly, I used it to put dishes in to carry out to the picnic table. It helps to cut down on the trips back and forth.

metal box with painted stripes and dishes

I know this metal box will come in handy many times when we travel in our trailer. It can be used in many different ways. Okay! Next week, FALL! I can’t wait! See you next time!

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How To Use Spray Paint for Home Decor

Good morning! I am officially done with school! Yay! How about you? Are you done teaching for the summer or are your kids out of school? Summer time is my time to get some larger projects done at home. We are finishing up a lot of the work in the living room and I am so pleased with how it is turning out! What a huge difference flooring and opening up spaces does to a room. I can’t wait to show you all! I have a few more things to finish up and then it will be ready to go!

How to use spray paint for your home decor

Last week, my favorite blogger, KariAnne, from Thistlewood Farms, blogged about spray painting different items for your home. Please hop over and take a look! I started thinking about all the items I have spray painted. In fact, my mom laughs at me when I say, ‘Just spray paint it!” 🙂 So I thought I would make my own list too. Some of the items are the same as Karianne’s, but most are different. There are just so many options!

1. Frames

I have painted SO many frames!! I find the outdated ones with fancy woodwork on them at the thrift store, take them home and spray paint them. You can paint them any color to match your decor. I have made mine into chalkboards, Christmas decor, or gasp! an actual frame!

pink christmas black frame wall decor

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2. Outdoor Furniture

Spray paint is a great way to refresh our outdoor furniture. The furniture can get faded and worn over time and this revives it. Be sure to clean the pieces well before painting. These Adirondack chairs are plastic and were a hunter green color, so I pulled out my favorite turquoise color and they look great! In fact, I just repainted them a couple of weeks ago! I also used spray paint on the metal furniture. Black is a great basic color and makes them look fresh and clean.

Transitional Back Patio Full view 2015

outdoor patio chair cushions recovered

3. Dishes

I wouldn’t recommend actually using these painted dishes to eat off of, but its great for decor pieces. The pitcher had an 80’s design on it, but a few coats of white spray paint and it is up to date.

spray paint white pitcherspray paint starfish plate

4. Home Decor

Do you have a vase you really like, but the color doesn’t go with your decor? Or find a piece in the thrift store, but it doesn’t match? That’s right! Paint it! This cow was too cute to pass up. A fresh coat of white paint, and she is perfect!

spray paint home decor cow

5. Indoor Furniture

I have painted beds, dressers, chairs and so many other furniture pieces. I usually paint larger pieces by hand. But if the piece is rattan or wicker, spray paint is so much easier. It can get into all the little spaces better than a brush. I used white spray paint on this rattan table for my living room.

spray paint white rattan table

6. Lamps

Again, wicker is so much easier to paint with spray paint. You can also use paint for the base of an outdated table lamp. Put a pretty new shade on it and you are all set.

spray paint silver lamp

7. Wooden Signs

I spray painted the background on this sign and then hand painted the letters. This will work for any piece of wood. On the second sign I added chip letters to form the word ‘Laundry.”

lazy days and lemonade wooden sign potting table

Laundry room letter sign

8. Planters

I made these planters years ago from a concrete block, but I have also painted regular ceramic or plastic flower pots. Spray paint is great for covering any type of surface!

concrete planter stencil succulents

There you go! 8 different ways to use spray paint, and there are so many more! What have you transformed with spray paint? I would love to hear from you! Thank you so much for following along!

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Corner News-June 11-2016

Happy Saturday to you! How has your week been? This was my first week off and it was busy! I thought I was supposed to be resting! The shelter we volunteer at is holding a yard sale, so Haley and I have been helping to set up. We have gone to the gym a couple of times and have been busy cleaning out the house of clutter. You should see the pile of boxes!! My mom and I will be having a yard sale too, so I have to get it done before then. While cleaning out, what do I do? Go shopping for more, of course!

This gold platter/plate was at the shelter yard sale so I snatched it up. I love the scalloped edge on it. I have already painted it and plan to add a base so it can be a stand for goodies. I think I will cut some scrapbook paper for the bottom and then I can change it out for whatever occasion I use it for.

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I also picked up this cute sweatshirt from the shelter yard sale. Do you recognize the seagull from Finding Nemo? Mine, mine, mine! I made it onto a dog bed using the directions from Handimania.com. I figured since the dogs fight over who goes where, this was perfect for them!

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I found this plant at Goodwill this week. Sorry for the bad color, but it reminded me of the beach and now I really want to go!! Hopefully I will get a day or two to go enjoy the sand and surf.

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday!

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From Yellow to Blue with a Bit of Paint

I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOO SORRY!  I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I DIDN’T GET THIS POST UP YESTERDAY!  PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGY AND KEEP READING THE BLOG!  PLEASE!

All kidding aside, I do apologize for missing the post yesterday.  Time got away from me, and I am just getting to post it today.

So, we have this table that you might have seen before in some of our blogs.  It was a cute little folding table that mom had painted yellow because it was originally green.  But, I was tired of it being yellow and I wanted a table for when I move out of my current apartment and into a new place.

Table Before

So, the first thing I did was paint the legs white.  I knew that this would help to make the top of the table a statement but still keep it neutral.  I used an old sheet that I wrapped around the bottom of the table to protect it while I painted the top.

Table Cloth

I used three different shades of blue from Rustoleum for the table top.  I wanted to do an ombre effect so I used Aqua, Spa Blue, and Lagoon.

Paint

It was a bit difficult to paint the top since there were different slats that I wanted different colors.  So I started with painting the Aqua and Lagoon on the edges and painted both of those.  Then, I covered both of those parts and painted the Spa Blue section since it was in the middle of the table.

And here is the final product!

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I love the ombre look on the tabletop!  It is great for the outdoors and is perfect for a front or back porch.  It would look good with things displayed on it or by itself.

I hope that you enjoyed the blog this week.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Springtime Concrete Painted Planter

Happy March! Is it springtime in your neck of the woods? We have had some absolutely beautiful weather here! We had some much needed rain this weekend and now back to sunshine again. This type of weather makes me want to get outside and enjoy it. It also makes me want to start planting again. I love the look of freshly dug up dirt and the wonderful flowers and plants put in the ground.

I decided to make a new small planter for my front porch. Well, actually two of them-one with my address and one with a fun graphic flower. I found these over at Lowes.com/LCI-concreteplanter. I am not affiliated with Lowes, just thought this was a fun project for spring.

I started out with 2 of the concrete blocks and a can of Rustoleum Mulitcolor Textured Spray Paint. I used a color that was very close to the color of the block. This will help seal the concrete so the other color won’t leak through when you spray your design. I first cleaned off the block with a wire bristled brush and then wiped away the dust.

Concrete painted planter

I sprayed the whole block with the spray paint. Here is the right side painted and the left is not. You can see how closely they match. Perfect!

concrete painted planter textured paint

Have you ever heard of a Xyron Sticker Maker? I use the refills for my scrapbooking. It is perfect for all the little letters I cut out on my Cricut. Just run the letters through it and then place them on your page. I thought I would give it a try for this too.I printed out the design-you could use your Cricut or find a design you like online-cut it out and then ran each piece through the Xyron.

concrete painted planter xyron

Once each piece had the sticky stuff on the back , I placed it on the concrete block.

concrete painted planter stencil

Then I spray painted over the whole thing. I painted all the sides too. I did have to keep pushing down my pieces to make sure the paint didn’t get underneath, but they did okay. I used 2 coats of paint.

concrete painted planter lagoon spray paint

On my second block, I decided to put my address numbers. I painted the whole block with the textured paint and then laid out some stenciled numbers. I covered the rest of the block with paper so the paint wouldn’t cover the rest of the block.

concrete painted planter number stencil

Then paint!

concrete painted planter numbers lagoon spray paint

I sprayed some sealer over the whole thing since it will be sitting out on my porch.

concrete painted planter flower stencil

This one looked a little plain, so I did add a blue stripe along the top and the bottom.

concrete painted planter address number

I added some succulents and placed them on my front porch. I left the plants in the pots for now, until I can figure out a way to keep the water from all draining out.

concrete painted planter front porch

concrete planter stencil succulents

concrete planter painted address

 

Have a wonderful week!

Sunshine and Blessings