Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shiny Red Houses painting project: Metalwork Makeover

A few years ago we replaced one of our original screen doors. Before David put the old door on the curb I grabbed my screwdriver and removed the decorative metalworking from the door. Then I put it in the basement and promptly forgot about it.

Do you crafty/home-decorating/fixer-upper gals have a room of shame? You know what I mean. The place where you put all the furniture, knick-knacks, fabric, paint, slipcovers and decorative hoohaa that you're not using right now, but may want to use again at any moment. Mine is the basement. Do. Not. Go. Down. There.

Anyway, David did a remarkable thing on Sunday. He cleaned out a corner of the basement. However, while down there he noticed the metalworking and had the audacity to suggest we throw it out. I assured him that I had a plan for it.

Today was the day for that plan. Here it is unpainted.
It's laying on a dropcloth getting ready for its beauty treatment.

I love spraypaint.

Cheap and easy. I found this color last year and had no idea what I would use it on, but I picked it up knowing that the perfect project would come along.

Here it is done and hanging on Rebecca's wall above her bed.

I have one more of these pieces hiding in my basement. Don't tell David.


Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Great reinvention! Now what are you going to do with the 2nd one?!? ☺ Diane

Anonymous said...

Love it!

Hug! Mari

Lisa said...

Really like it! I'm a spray paint junky!!
Hugs, Lisa

mgster said...

This is beautiful! I would never...and I mean NEVER have the vision to do this. But I do have the same horde of "stuff" in my basement. Bits and pieces of miscellaneous items just waiting for my crafty little touch. Unfortunately, it sits right near the washer and dryer. Just sitting there to make me feel so very guilty. How long can I avert my eyes???

Debra said...

I love this. I too love taking an ordinary item and making it a piece of honor.
What a great idea.

Saguaro Chick said...

In AZ we do not have basements! Sad but true! So I have what is known as the "closet of possibilities" or otherwise known as the "closet" of shame"! Your ironwork turned out to be a gorgeous piece of artwork! Great job! I loooooooove that color!


Anonymous said...

I think it looks great!

We don't have basements in our area of the country (darn it) and the attic is too hot, but I have a "stash" in the hall closet. Lamps. Shades. Decorative dishes. Vases. Silk flowers. It's all there.

Ginger said...

I love how that turned out. I would of never thought to save it. My mind just doesn't think fast enough. I have a storage building on our property that I use to save stuff, but I always forget what I have out there.