Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Oops...turned...Awesome...

okay so we are elbow deep into
"Operation-Beautiful-Living-Room"

you know the moment where nothing has a home and everything else is all over your home...
(oh, and nothing in your home that NEEDS to get done is actually getting done...laundry, dishes, meals...)

that's where we were Friday night with ALL of the old living room framed family pictures are resting on our bed...and now I need to sleep in said bed...so husband so kindly moves pile of framed family pictures (only about 75 10...but weighed a TON with all the wood and glass)...

which I so thoughtfully piled largest frame on bottom to smallest on top...
not realizing that all the weight of all the pictures rested on the inside glass of the largest frame on the bottom...
oops...
...and CRASH....

all frames crashing to the ground...with 5 pieces of glass shattering on the hardwood...
...and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed after a long day of "Operation-Beautiful-Living-Room"...
...now "Operation Clean Up Millions of Pieces of Glass!"...

...and in the morning...
"Operation What-to-do-with-empty-frames-that-the-glass-broke-in!"

and after spending a few hours lost  some time in blog land...I was inspired...

so with 
*one free frame...
...well I know I paid money for it back in the day...but it had wedding pictures in it, so it's almost 12 years old...and might have been a wedding gift...so I'm going with FREE and that's my story!...
*free paint (it's my last gallon of white paint that we used to paint our kitchen & bathroom cabinets & all the trim in our house with...so I paid for if 4 1/2 years ago...and I've used if for countless other projects so it's more that been paid for...so FREE)...(oh, and the gallon of chocolate gray I bought to turn the ugly's retro vintage 70's dresser into our new entertainment credenza...fun word)
*sandpaper...that was laying around
*metalic spray paint (purchased to use on another project)
*shoe box inspiration...

so here is my free wall art that turned an
Oops into Awesome...

here is my shoe box inspiration...the side of my daughters Easter Shoes box...I am really into the filigree/swirly thing lately...
I sketched it on the wall
using a few different brushes I painted the design and filled it in...using the chocolate gray paint that I bought to paint the dresser that I'm converting to our new entertainment center...which I am now calling a credenza because it's a fun classic word!



then painted the frame with the broken glass white...and hung it on the wall to "frame" my new design...
but didn't like the white...too much of a contrast...

so I spray painted it with a bronzey-silver (there was no actual color name on the spray paint...just the color of the lid...) and the combo of the metallic on top of the white made it do this fun crackle...wish I could tell you the reason why or how to reproduce the crackle but it surprised me when it happened so I can't help you...but I like how it turned out...

"Operation-Beautiful-Living-Room" and "Operation What-to-do-with-empty-frames-that-the-glass-broke-in!" meet in the middle and create this...
so two/three birds with one stone...
I had a wall with no art...
an empty frame with no glass...
oh, 
and some retro vintage items that needed to have the retro toned down and the classic brought out
...I think this new piece of wall art...that cost me $0!!!...fits the bill...

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8 comments:

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

Yay! I love painting decor right onto the wall :) LOVE IT!

TheSmithHotel said...

So could that be an Opps-Opps-Opps Project? Glass broken, didn't like the white paint on frame, opps wow that turned out cool however it happened frame paint technique! Are you going to use that same spray paint on your ugly retro knobs(which will be super cool vintage knobs when you repaint them) for the credenza. Which by the way is looking really good and those buttery velvety chairs are sooo comfy! Too bad it's pouring outside today!

Jody

Kelly Jackson said...

For the future if you wanted to reuse those frames WITH glass, you can go to Aaron Brothers or Michaels and have them cut you a new glass. They are relatively cheap. I have done it before. Just a thought.

Gretchen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today. Isn't it great when we can transform something new and special from an ooops such as you had.
Way to go.
Gretchen

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Wow, that looks really really great! I especially love the frame over it. Great idea!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Not that's creative! Love the pretty lines and way to go on repurposing the frame! Linda

Meg said...

Wow, you can sure paint! I would love to do something like that on my family room wall. Need some more guts, though. Great frame, the metallic paint works wonderfully well.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You did a beautiful job...luv how it looks! Thanks for coming to my NTT party...hope you had a good time:)

Blessings,
Linda