Wreath make over

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While I was doing a small amount of Halloween decorating in the kitchen, and making some blackened jars for votives,

I also put together a Halloween wreath that I am using on our front door this year.

It has had a bit of a makeover….

Initially, this wreath was hot pink. Yup. Hot pink. I used it for Valentines day once, years ago. Since then it has been an attic dweller.

Having a light bulb moment, I pulled it out, dusted it off and changed it up to give it a new life.

Repurpose, reuse, recycle, y’all!

This is the color it was before the makeover, in all it’s pink glory.

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All I had to do was give it a really good coat of spray paint (a can or so is plenty) making sure to get all the angles to cover the original color.  And I would suggest that you pre-fluff your wreath before spray painting, to avoid having to touch it up later.

This is the wreath after it was coated with Krylon black spray paint. Much better already.

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When it was dry, I added 4 pieces of glittery Halloween Swag. I am a huge fan of all things glittery!

 I took apart the largest, the bat, to make 2 pieces out of it, and attached them with some floral wire.

The pieces cost one dollar or less each and the paint was about $3.50 per can, so total cost for the wreath was around $7.00. That is thrifty if I do say so myself!

Now, it has a shiny, festive new life!

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Transformations of old friends

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I am a big fan of spray paint!

I find many times that instead of buying something new for a certain spot in the house, I can just change the color of a piece I already have sitting in the attic by hitting it with some spray paint. Or, if I see a good deal on something but the color is just not right, I can change it to the color I need with one little can or less.

For example, the basket pictured above was $2 at the Habitat restore but was faded and sad. A little oil rubbed bronze spray paint gave it a whole new life.

Here are some other things around the house that I have spray painted…

When I bought these two, the owl was green and the bird cage was yellow. That worked fine before, but In this house I wanted them both to be a neutral color. I used a gloss on the owl to give him that nice shine.

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This little table was the perfect size, and in the right price range I was looking for, except it was white and I needed it to be brown to match a table I already had (so I  could use them as night stands in a guest room). Spray paint came to the rescue!

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I have had these candle holders for about 10 years.

Yhey have been three different colors Brown, silver and now oil rubbed bronze.

I think I have gotten my monies worth out of them!

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This vintage picture frame was a cherry color with a picture of roses in it.It was very dark, I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it.

It has been in the attic for years. Now I love it’s bright and happy look.

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And these baskets we’re left over from something or other. Just boring old banana leaf baskets.

Now with a fresh new color, they hold games in the den.

I am a neutral person but these would also be fun in bright colors, or even with some numbers added to the front of each. Maybe I’ll try that one of these days.

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Anyway, This is my spray paint of choice that you can find pretty much  anywhere.

They have lots of colors and options like ” dries in 10 minutes” or one with a primer for only about $5 a can.

Pennies a spray really. Can’t beat that!

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