But Wednesday was such a beautiful day that I decided to go for a walk at the Big Dam Bridge. When on my way there, I decided to make a quick at a flea market/junk place. The night before I had picked up a few spring things to add at home. And just before I left the junk place, I found a robin print. For only 15 bucks. I grabbed it knowing just where I wanted to hang it at home.
But I didn't like the old, honey pine color of the frame. And it was dinged up pretty bad. I knew that I could give it a coat of paint and change the look fairly easily.
And the more I thought about it and looked at the picture, I decided I just didn't like that 1990 "country blue" mat around the print. But the more I looked at the actual print, the more I liked those robins.
So, when I got out of my meeting a little earlier than expected on Thursday, I decided that if I hurried, I could do a quickie and remake this print into something much better.
I took it all apart. Gave the frame a paint job with a "hammered brown" spray paint. Put a few coats of a springy yellow on that yucky mat. Cleaned the glass. And put it all back together.
There was already a print hanging in the spot that I wanted to hang my new print, so I didn't have to do any work there.
Look at the difference of the before hanging in my kitchen...
And the after hanging in the same spot.
|sorry for the glare|
It's amazing what a bit of paint can do! And I love the yellow mat with this print.
This robin print is my new favorite. I love walking by and catching a glimpse of it. At first I thought it would be great for spring, but I'm now thinking it may stay all year.
These pictures don't do it justice. I'm telling you it was a quickie. I was only home for a couple of hours that day. I did the painting, left again, and then came back late that night and put it all back together so that I could hang it before leaving for the weekend.
This project makes me wonder just how many times I have walked away from something I really liked, when it could have been easily transformed with just a bit of paint. And what else do I have that could be painted "hammered brown" withoug too much effort - I'm loving that frame.
Do you have a quickie project that could be done with just a coat of new paint?