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Blu Upcycle Project #4 Transformation with Paint

I never cease to be completely amazed by how a little bit of paint can transform a small item, a piece of furniture, or even an entire room!  

Here is today’s transformation with paint project.  It’s a quick project that packs a punch.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint before

This antique mirror has some incredible detail.  You can always spot a true antique mirror by the sheer weight of the mirrored glass.  They simply don’t make them like they used to! Normally, I would never paint a true antique but you can see the damage along the edges where the decorative trim has chipped away.  Paint will help hide this.   Antique mirrors are super heavy.  The detail on the frame is usually very ornate and made of plaster, sometimes wood.  Today’s mirror frames are usually made of plastic or resin. 

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint real

A little bit of paint really makes a dated piece pop.  Talk about transformation with paint!   I usually use 2 -3 different colors of paint.  This helps add dimension to the final project.  With this mirror, the original gold paint is my third color.  I used teal as the main base color and dry brushed with some white.

If you follow my blog you will recognize this teal color.  I must admit it is my favorite.  Here is another decor project in which I used this same technique to transform some old frames. 

Here are a few more of my projects in which a little bit of paint went a long way!

Extra Seating

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Headboard

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint headboard

Set of Nightstands

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint nightstands

Bench and Side Table

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint benches

Console

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint console

Antique Sideboard

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint antique sideboard

Chests

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint cobalt chest

http://www.shopatblu.com/how-to-make-chalkboard-frames/

I’ve joined a group of my talents friends in this month’s Inspired Makers Paint Changes Everything Challenge.  

Join us the last day of each month for a different Inspired Makers Challenge
Follow with #InspiredMakers and #InspiredMakersChallenge to see more amazing projects each month!
August Challenge: Paint Changes Everything, with your hosts:

Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Sarah @ 1915 House | Kim @ Farmhouse Made
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim | Kimm @ Reinvented | Janice @ Sawdust Sisters
Denise @ My Thrifty House | Suzanne @ Shop at Blu | Susie @ The Chelsea Project | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs | Toni @ Small Home Soul | Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life

Check out the phenomenal projects below…these gals are so very talented!


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I find these chairs all of the time at thrift stores and yard sales for $2 to $5.  When we were getting ready to do The Market on Chapel Hill, I bought a few to spruce up for our check out area.  This is another quick upcycle project!

Here is the chair in its original condition:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs Before

I did a little light sanding to smooth out and deeper scratches or imperfections.  I used a lower grit sandpaper since that’s what was handy.  But a finer grit will result in a much smoother appearance.  It’s amazing how a little sandpaper can increase the quality of  a quick upcycle project

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs sanding

Since the chair was metal, I used Rustoleum spray paint.  It works very well and comes in tons of colors.  Rustoleum is my go to if there is any rust on the object to be painted.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs Rustoleum

As always with spray paint, be careful to keep your can moving while applying the paint to ensure no drips or pooling of paint.  Rustoleum makes these handy little gizmos that lends some ease in handling and controlling your application of spray paint.  Here is my affiliate link to the Comfort Grip.  I find this tool useful when using the spray paint for more than a simple dab or short spray.  Sounds funny, but it reduces the strain on your trigger finger AND keeps your fingers from being painted.  Lord knows we painters get enough paint on us!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Comfort Grip

To add some fun to the chair, I taped off some areas to make grain sack stripes.  I used (affiliate link) Frogtape to mark my lines and then grabbed the Rustoleum again but in a more grain sack friendly color.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs spray paint

And here is the final chair:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs final

This was a quick and easy way to spruce up old folding chairs!  Give it a try!

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