This is my corner of the world to make things and post them on the Internet. Whether they are ugly or not. You’re welcome.
The leaves are changing and that’s got me itching to Fall-ify my little casa (which is still for sale). While the Hubs thought I was going grocery shopping, I skipped over to Hobby Lobby instead. Fall ceramic goodie decor was 50% off and I had my credit card locked and loaded.
And that’s where I bought these lovelies fuglies. Yeah.
I don’t think the picture does them justice. They had a shiny iridescent sheen that reminded me of how the Gulf probably looks right now. The 16 year old cashier looked at me in horror as she wrapped up my purchases and sent me away with the silence that I knew was JUDGMENT. I didn’t blame her.
Then, I went to Menards and picked up some supplies to transform these little monstrosities.
First, I tried to sand the oil slick coating off with the sand paper sponge I had bought from Menards. It didn’t work. That crap was shellacked, cemented, not-going-anywhere with this wimpy sandpaper. So, I used some general purpose sand paper that I already owned and that seem to rough it up enough for the paint to stick to (and probably loosened up an ample amount of wonderful fugly dust for me to inhale). I wiped it down and let it dry. I’m not really sure if this is necessary and I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know what I am doing. You’ve been warned.
I moved straight to the spray paint. Until now, I was a spray paint virgin. But, that all changed this past weekend.
I got some great spray painting tips from a few blogs I stalk:
1. Don’t buy cheap spray paint. Rustoleum is a great brand (especially for metal projects).
2. Shake the product as noted on the can (shake it up really, really well and count it as your workout for the day like I did).
3. Start spraying outside of the object and make straight, overlapping, LIGHT, passes (left to right, for example) starting from the base of the object.
4. Plan to do a few light coats to get even (non drippy) coverage.
And. Here. My finished product. Ooohs and aaaaahhs are appreciated. And if you gave birth to me, they are required.
Cool, huh? They remind me of these sexy versions. Now, I have to brainstorm where to put them.
You probably couldn’t give a crap but here is what I paid for this fall fun:
- Ceramic Pumpkin/Squash: $5.50 and $4.50
- Spray paint: $3.44
- Sandpaper sponge that I’m using for my next pedicure: $2.94
- General Purpose sandpaper: $FREE (from my paint bin)
- Hubs relief that I was busying myself with a project instead of bothering him: $priceless
Total: $16.50 which, coincidentally, is about the same amount of money that I spent on fun clearance scarves this weekend. I bought 4 of them, upping my collection to 9. I can’t wait to wear them and add an instant 15lbs to my face. Go me.
Also, the probability of my house selling fell from 0.005% to I-probably-will-have-to-pay someone-to-buy-it% because now the front yard looks like this:
Did anyone else DIY this weekend when they should have been grocery shopping?