I do so love me a good caramel latte.
No, I am not talking about the coffee. I am talking about paint.
Oh, what a difference paint can make. I spent some time Friday transforming a few pieces around the house with my new favorite color spray paint, Krylon's Caramel Latte. After four picture frames, one framed print, and a gilded mirror, I finally forced myself to sit down and calmly place the Caramel Latte on a shelf. I was afraid I might start painting the car next :-)
I purchased these picture frames one at a time at Michael's several months back using one 40% off coupon after another. They were a bit too spendy without the coupon, but I loved them and wanted to call them mine:
No, that is not me and Mr. Wonderful pictured in the frame :-)
My initial plan was to hang a collage with them in my bathroom, but while in the process of painting the hallway, I was inspired to use them there instead. One problem: I didn't want black frames in my hallway, but the size and matting were ideal. Solution? You guessed it: paint.
I've found that if I'm going to get out my painting throws and set up a space in the garage to paint, it's good to look around and see what else I can paint at the same time. I decided to paint a gold mirror ($15 garage sale find from last summer) and my recently purchased artwork along with the frames:
(Do you see the lamb blanket on the floor? I "borrowed" it from my college roommate Allison 20 years ago and never gave it back :-) If she sees this picture she'll probably call and lecture me because it was one of her favorites. Sorry, Al~)
The print, as expected, was a bit challenging to "tape off." There was a one inch gap between the canvas and the edge of the frame. The idea came to me to stuff plastic grocery sacks into the gap..it worked great :-) What is that quote: 'Necessity is the mother of invention'? In this case, necessity was the mother of innovation.
Of course I primed everything with my Kilz spray primer:
Then finished with a couple coats of my Caramel Latte:
Look at the difference on that mirror! I think I actually heard angels singing :-)
This paint, dear readers, was the hero of the evening:
I can hardly wait to get these wonderfully transformed pieces on my walls.
Labels: Frames, Hallway