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I love a quick satisfying win when doing recycling/upcycling projects! I can’t believe I actually completed 5 tasks in one day and ended up with 5 new pieces of decor (I seem to run around a lot, and do a lot of different things, but don’t always get projects completed in a timely fashion!). These projects were fun, easy and add a lot to the staging at our flip houses!
My first project for the day was a mirror- I bought this at a church yard sale for $3.50. The “before” was a nasty yellow/gold combination, but my Desi is pretty cute!! I guess she was curious as to what the new dog was doing in our house!
First I outlined the glass with painter’s tape, and then taped newspaper to the painter’s tape so that all surfaces were covered. (Make sure you tape down the edges between the two sheets of newspaper. Otherwise the paint will definitely get under those edges). I took the mirror outside and balanced it in on my fire pit stones and spray painted it (on a super windy day)- it was interesting! I had the newspaper that was protecting my stones weighted down with shale from my driveway so that the newspaper didn’t blow up onto the freshly painted surfaces- very high tech!!
The mirror has a cardboard backing and it was coming loose in several places. After a quick session with my glue gun, the backing was as good as new. Seriously, what did we do before glue guns?
Anyway, I think it looks very elegant now. The picture doesn’t quite capture how big the transformation was. I actually used the same can of paint on the lamps (below). The paint is Rust-Oleum Universal Antique Nickel Metallic Rust Resistant Enamel Spray Paint. After finishing this project, I then decided to put this mirror in the dining room at 894 Barn Street to visually expand the space.
My next project involved these two lamps-I bought these at a thrift store. One was $3.99 and the other was $5.99, and the shades were $6.99 each. They are both brass and very heavy. One had been spray painted previously and I wasn’t a fan (it had a somewhat dull gold finish). I wasn’t in love with the shades, but I did like the price! The finished lights make the living room at 900 Barn Street look very homey.
My last project involved some antique chairs. These chairs were my grandma-in-law’s, who we affectionally knew as Gram!! What an awesome lady! They were a very classic black and white. For years they were stored in a shed in her backyard. I saw them and immediately knew I wanted them to decorate the porch at our flip at 900 Barn Street. After a touch of sanding to make sure all the surfaces were good to paint and a quick cleaning, the chairs were ready. Since the color scheme at 900 Barn Street is light grey, dark grey, burgundy and white, I decided to paint them a saucy burgundy!
So, that’s it! It isn’t too often that I get 5 new pieces of decor completed in one day. I would love to get the porch at 900 Barn stained grey, which I think will make the chairs and rug pop even more, but that’s for another day! What projects give you a “quick” win and make a big impact?
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