There's a whole lot of painting going on!

Hi guys, I'm a little late with my post today.  That's because I've been painting up a storm the last couple of days.  I mentioned in the post Doin The Side Table Shuffle that I would be giving a couple of gorgeous armchairs we picked up for a song a makeover.   I'm at the upholstery stage on those but while waiting for paint to dry between coats I grabbed a few home d├ęcor items kicking around the workshop and gave them fresh new looks.

Four Home Decor Makeovers between coats of paint drying

Being in the heat of moment I didn't take the time to run upstairs for my camera to take before pictures.  What can I say, the paint cans were open and the brushes already loaded with paint so I decided to rock 'n roll.

Lets start with this interesting sculpture that I purchased at an online auction site.

Teal and Silver Leaf Contemporary Sculpture

It was dark bronze with silver and gold leafing.  As soon as I set eyes on it I knew it would look fabulous with a hit of Provence chalk paint. It's hard to tell in the pictures but I applied a coat of Pearl White wax in the crevices.

Close up of Teal and Silver Leaf Sculpture

This would look fabulous in a modern contemporary space don't you think! 

I had a couple of Wood Sconce Plate Shelves collecting dust and I contemplated donating them back to Goodwill.  They were a plain Jane run-of-the-mill Golden Oak shelves with zero personality.  I had a little bit of Old White/Pure White chalk paint leftover and not wanting to waste a drop I dry brushed it over the shelves.

Wood Sconce Plate Shelf dry brushed with white chalk paint

Wowsers, now I want to keep them!  

A pair of wood sconce plate shelves after dry brushed with white chalk paint

Several years ago I received a floral arrangement in a pretty mint green tin. I loved the vase but the color didn't work so I put it in a cupboard where it's remained. Needing a vessel to house my kitchen cooking utensils I pulled it out of storage and freshened it up.

DIY Kitchen Utensil Holder

First I gave it two coats of Rustoleum Spray Paint in Heirloom White. Then I dry brushed a custom mix of Country Chic Chalk Paint in the colors Simplicity and Luscious Lime. To protect the finish from scratches I applied a layer of Tough Coat. Pretty but I wanted more personality.

I wrapped thick jute along the top of the vase and hot glued it in place. Afterwards I dry brushed some white and graphite color chalk paint over the jute. Then I found the perfect peel & stick French decals in my stash and stuck one onto the front.  It looked too stark and well stickerish so I rubbed some Graphite chalk paint over the decal along with around the edges to mute it.

DIY Kitchen Utensil Holder chalk painted and jute trim with French graphic

Perfect pop of color and French goodness in the kitchen!

The last item I made didn't involve paint...well it did but I had already dry brushed paint over these small terracotta pots last Spring.  Wanting a couple of cute topiaries in the kitchen window I simply filled each pot with some florist foam and poked a dry tree branch into each one (I stole a dogwood branch from a vase in the family room).  Next I pierced faux boxwood balls onto each branch and laid moss over top the florist foam.

DIY Faux Boxwood Topiary

Easy peasy Boxwood Topiaries!

DIY Faux Boxwood Topiaries with green chalk painted terracotta pots

Now it's time I best get back to those gorgeous chairs.  I'll be sharing them with you guys next week if all goes well.

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