Today I am going to show you the second project I completed using the supplies I showed you here. For the first project I did with those random supplies, check out this post, which is a continuation of this post. After spiffing my kitchen, I noticed that the poor, neglected dining room was looking poorer and more neglected than before. This is a case study in how comparison breeds discontentment. Ha, ha…no, really.
Sad, lonely dining room. Nobody loves your walls.
Unless there’s a party. Then your walls get a little attention.
Anyway, it was time for something more grown-up than twinkle lights. (Please tell me you also call them twinkle lights.) So back to the used-and-abused Georgia O’Keeffe art book I went. I taped these prints to the wall once before, trying out the look for the dining room.
I even bought frames. It’s just that for the next several months I let the frames sit and sit and sit, as lonely as the dining room for which I idly promised them they were destined. One day I sanded them. See, little frames? Your lonely days are almost over!
But some more
days weeks months passed before I finally got my act together and bought the paint to finish my little project. Fun tip! If you need a mini paint pot, a sample that covers 4′ x 4′, you can have a color custom mixed at Lowe’s for the same price as the pre-mixed ones. I was stunned.
Originally I tried my local Ace hardware store, usually my first stop for home-improvement supplies, to pick up a mini paint for my frames. Unfortunately, all their pre-mixed colors were lackluster pastels. I asked for something more like this color, an Ace paint called “Deep Amazon.” (ooh, sexxxy….) Alas, mini paints are too small to custom mix, the employee informed me.
I wasn’t going to settle for a color I didn’t like, so I bought my other Ace supplies for the day and ventured forth to Lowe’s. Same story there. They had a few rich colors, but not what I was looking for. As I hunted for “the one,” which I was sure must just be hiding from me, an employee asked if she could help me. As we talked, she revealed that I could have any color I wanted–any color, imagine that!–for $2.68. So I said, “Yes, please!” and left there with a little pot of my dreamt-of color.
After one coat it didn’t look as lovely as I knew it could.
After two coats we were sort of getting somewhere.
After three coats I felt we were close to the goal.
After four coats, mission accomplished!
Then arithmetic and I had another run-in, leaving this slightly off-kilter “row” of frames across the dining room wall. I’m not letting the crookedness bother me. It’s so much better than the bareness! And it cost me…let me think…about $23.00. Yep, that’s right. Can’t beat that for taking a room up a notch, right?
-frames: $6.00 each at Walmart
-paint: $2.68 at Lowe’s
-art: $2.00 from a book at the library book sale