Monday, September 26, 2011

Painting a Shutter on a Shoestring

Something about Friday, September 23rd being the official day of fall made me want to paint. I had three or four cans of spray paint - one white, one dark red, one primer white, and one gray. Also in my paint supply were three craft acrylic paint bottles - a dark red, a copper glitter, and a cream. The interesting thing about all of these paint cans and bottles is they were all either half full or almost empty. I decided to use them all except the gray spray can. Supplies I used amounted to two sponges, one foam brush, and a Styrofoam plate to mix the acrylics. After all, it's fall, and that is my favorite season of the year. The holidays are around the corner. This time of year is enjoyable and exciting, and it's a time to get creative! I had picked up this hinged shutter that looked pathetically drab, but I knew I'd find a place for it. After I brought it home, I spray painted one side of it, though it needed another coat. I lost the inspiration for finishing it because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it yet. So I set it aside - until Saturday. Out came all the containers of paint and supplies. I had no idea what the outcome would be. When my hubby walked over to view the funny-looking multi-colors of paint on the shutter, I think he thought I'd gone a little crazy. He was cool about it, though, and didn't dare say much.
The outcome:
Weathered Painted Look

...with a "WELCOME the season of wonder" sign added...

and perfect for my patio garden theme in this kitchen corner!

 Allow me to leave you with this interesting note about the WELCOME sign. I found this vintage tin sign at an antique shop for $5. Since we've been slowly working on our cottage cabin fixer upper, I tried not to add much on the walls. That's why this little sign got tucked inside the little corner cabinet. Now the funny thing is that it's been there for months. After I brought the painted shutter in the kitchen, situated it, and pushed the cabinet back against it, I placed the tin sign back into its original position seen in this picture. My husband walked into the kitchen and started laughing at the sign's words, especially the second line "the season of wonder." Our experience with this fixer upper has turned into just that - a season of wonder as in: "Wonder what we will do with this?" or "Wonder how we will get through this?" The way I tend to respond to wanting to do, fix, or buy something that is difficult or costs more than what is available is not "I can't" but "How can I?" I don't give up easily but am persistent when I see potential in an idea, item, writing a book, or in this case - a fixer upper.
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Marydon said...

Wow! Love your corner & the sign. Great idea.
Have a great week.

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Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I love old shutters. You did a great job with the painting. Looks very rustic. Perfect for your little cottage!

Jann Olson said...

Yes, your shutter turned out very nice. What a great way to use up all those bits of spray paint. Fall makes me in the mood to paint also. so wanting to add a color to my living room walls. Loved your wonder story. Now a new follower.