"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Monday, July 4, 2011

Make do and mend Mondays

I was so enthusiastic about the candlesticks being painted that I got out my paint once again for my Make do and mend project. First, I was asked by a couple of people about the paint. I purchased the primer and matt black paint from a shop here called Action which sells it in spray cans for less than 2 euros. I would use spray paint for any brass items. Check the label to see if it works on metal.


Another thing I have from our old house that do not work here any longer are these flower pots. They are a yellow sand color which clashes with the colors we are now using. I do love the rough look of these pots so have kept them. If you enlarge the photos I think you will be able to see the texture on the flower pots. I took the leftover paint from our darker wall in the living room to paint them. Since these are indoor pots, this emulsion will work. Brushing it on did take two coats simply because of the texture and all of 5 minutes total to give me.......

...two flower pots that now work perfectly in our living room! This is actually a dark color but they come out lighter on the photos. I really love them now. The dark cocoa grey color really makes the hot pink flowers of the Kalanchoƫ Calandiva "zing".

What about you? Do you have things that you could put a paint brush to in order to give it new life?

11 comments:

Life in the Big Grey Victorian On The Corner said...

Happy 4th of July Heidi!

I actually have a dresser I got for next to nothing that I want to paint silver and put in our hot tub room. I just haven't gotten around to doing it yet.

Have you seen this blog?
http://betterafter.blogspot.com/

It's wonderful!!!

Susan in SC said...

What a great idea to make your pots match. I love to paint things! *grins* I made a tablerunner and candle for the 4th! I linked to you! Hope you have a nice day!

Nancy said...

This came out very nicely
as your Monday makeover. I
like the new color better too
Love you, Mom

Sonja said...

This make-over project makes me realize why it is so difficult to throw old things away...you never know if there will come a time you would like to use it again. And you show me a lot of excuses to hang on to stuff!

Alix said...

I've finally posted a Make Do and Mend post today, and it did involve paint! Your pots look great!
x

DonnaTN said...

You've come up with another great idea that any of us could do. The flowers do look great in the newly re-done pots.

Ginny said...

What a great makeover! Are those live plants in the pots? I did some decorative painting on clay pots some years ago, and neglected to put a liner in the pots, so the paint is flaking off where I only painted one coat. I have some other pots that I plunk autumn silk flowers in and they look great. What a wonderful invention paint is!

Melanie said...

I love painting things to make them look "new". You did a great job with the flower pots! I love those red flowers with the neutral-colored pots; it really makes the flowers "pop"!

Tracy said...

Hi, Heidi! What a great projects--do love the finished look of your pots. I just love to paint--be it on canvas or walls...LOL! As you saw at my place, we lately spruced up our kitchen, so there was a good bit of paint going on there. We are very happy with the "new" kitchen. :o) Thanks for your lovely visits to my place--it was great to see you. I am making a new creative blog now, hoping to "announce" next week, and will be closing Pink Purl soon. Lots new in the way of creativity & very excited about it. Hope you'll stop in sometimes. Happy Summer Days ((HUGS))

Wild Rose said...

Heidi,

I love your flowerpost. They look terrific.

I don't have time for painting anything at the moment, as we are packing up for another move. Off on a big adventure at the end of July!

Enjoy your summer.

Marie x

Wild Rose said...

Heidi,

I love your flowerpost. They look terrific.

I don't have time for painting anything at the moment, as we are packing up for another move. Off on a big adventure at the end of July!

Enjoy your summer.

Marie x