March 27, 2014

Shopping the house with a little spray paint

Feb14
One of the best yard sales that I hit this past fall was a moving sale.
And this wasn’t just any moving sale,
it was a “I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again” sale.
Every thing had a price tag, including the wife. The hubby wanted it ALL gone and I spent TWO hours there….yes, we’re BFF’s now.

I snagged a box full of spray paints featuring every color of the rainbow plus R.O.Y. G.B.I.V. for only $1.
Read it and weep.
I have had a blast with all this paint, and I have reached deep into every nook and cranny of this oasis to see what needed to be updated.
It has been fun to shop my house because it’s amazing the treasures that have been in front of me for years. I just needed to capture a different perspective – like through the lens of a spray paint cover. :)
We’ve all seen these glass plates with the fruited plains looking through…

There, that’s better. Now you can see the details.
Remember these?
I see them at almost every yard sale for the outrageous sum of one quarter.
I have had some sitting in my cupboards for years.
I love them, but I only have four plates, so they just weren’t very useful for a family of seven. Until I did this….
Oh yes, with $.05 worth of spray paint and a demanding 45 seconds of my time - literally- I did this.
And the effect is gorgeous. I turned it over and spray painted on the side that you would not eat from so that the details boldly jump out.
I repurposed all four plates in minutes.

I am working on a few naked wall areas, and thought some hanging plates would do the trick. Won’t these look fabulous against my green walls?
Or how about with the yellow?

Decisions, decisions….

While I was shopping my house, I literally walked around with the white paint in my hand thinking of what else I should attack.
This was next.
It was a pretty pastel pink purchase that I bought for $2. I thought “family” would be cute in my girls’ room until I saw other potential…..

Next, I found this little candle holder in my cabinet. It was silver…I did leave the green jewels…love when they catch the light.

Then I grabbed this very “country” looking wooden shelf – remember these shiny wood shelves that used to hold our pink and blue little knickknacks (am I the only one:)?
Well, it was going to Good will until this white found its way to the wall…

So here is the finished result from shopping my house with a little spray paint in hand. This tiny wall had been abandoned, and now it’s just….cozy.
(See that cute nest? I actually bought it for the Nester, and was going to give it to her when I saw her, but…oh…it looks perfect right there…shhh – I’ll find her another one. :)

I still need to find a tiny little something to replace the ugly yellow flowers/vase, but considering that this all came from Jen’s store (aka me) = frugal and free = I LOVE it!

Head out to your closest Walmart.
Go buy $1 spray paint can and see what you can do if just minutes….can’t wait to show you the rest…this was only the start of that hour well spent. :)

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NEXT POST on my spray paint rampage is up right here!

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Comments

  1. HeathahLee says:

    Jen that plate is genius! I have several dishes that I keep hidden away because I’ll never use them but I don’t want to give them up for one reason or another. I can’t believe I never thought to spray clear plates! Doh!

    And yes, I had a blue shelf once. Even came with a little heart cut out. Here’s what I did with it. LOVE it now.

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  2. Megan @ Little Bella Bean says:

    Oh my goodness! Brilliant idea with that plate! That is crazy wonderful!! Your wall looks so cute. Hmm. You’ve got me thinking…but first I must stop being sidetracked and finish getting ready for LaLa’s 1st birthday party in the morning!

    Blessings to you!
    Megan

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  3. Cute, cute, cute! I am inspired this year to go garage saleing. I haven’t been able to in the past because I have had toddlers in multiples of 1, 2, or 3- not very conducive to garage saleing, ya’ know?

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  4. That plate turned out so pretty. I would have never thought to do that. All of your projects are just great!

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  5. I love what you did to that plate. Amazing. And now you have a lovely little wall. I really ought to start putting things on my walls. I feel like my house is unfinished… Thanks for sharing the great spray paint projects!

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  6. Kim... and Her Coffee says:

    I wish we could shop for these treasures together…. you could hold a shopping class for all of us born without your “eye for the potential”! This is such a great idea. Looks totally different. Love it!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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  7. Love this post Jen. WOW – what a great idea. Who knew white???? Even the Nester should be so proud.

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  8. mommy4life says:

    Gotta go buy some spray paint now…..

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  9. It all looks so fresh & new. Love the plate & the family plaque.

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  10. laurie @ bargain hunting says:

    Wow! That glass plate is incredible! I have passed up many of those at sales, but I won’t any more. What a great idea! You’ve done a great job with your can of spray paint! It all looks so pretty. laurie

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  11. Tricia Anne says:

    Hi Jen,
    What a great idea! Paint glass! I never thought to do that!
    Your wall looks wonderful! I am like you, I walk around with either my fabric in hand to recover a pillow or a can of spray paint hunting my next project! :o) Just wait until spring. Anyone who reads my blog will be sick of all the painting I am budgeting and planning for (I sell my bread for $4.00 a loaf and that $ goes into my paint fund!) :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne
    Ps. I am having a give away next week, please drop by.

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  12. Adorable. When I go to Goodwill I need to think, “can I paint this”?

    Lisa Q

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  13. What a great idea! And I love that you stalked your house with the spray paint can!

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  14. southerninspiration says:

    CLEV-AH!!! Love it!

    Suzanne

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  15. Sandy Toes says:

    It is amazing what we can do with a simple can of white paint…love what you did…perfect.
    -sandy toe

    Happy Heart Day to you!

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  16. You are a girl after my own heart!! I am always "shopping the house" and spray painting everything & anything- I heart black spray paint & have attacked many things with it. Thanks for sharing! Its good to meet other spray paint sistas! Kimba's one too!

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  17. How timely : ) Yesterday I bought something at an ‘antique/gift boutique/flea market’ type shop, that was marked waaaay down and knew it would be perfect spray painted white! And oh Megan my love – why are you up so late when you have a party in the morning?!?!?! See you soon!

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  18. Can you remove the yellow flowers and find some pussy willow or cotton plant? I love cotton plant and actually tried to grow my own tiny little crop of cotton just so I could have some. Still have lots of seed… but no cotton! lol Maybe I’ll try again this year…

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  19. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    You know it, girl! Me & spray paint go WAY back too. Lucky you to find it at the yardsale. I keep an eye out for stuff like that too, cause it's expensive new. Love what you did with the white fruit plates!

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  20. The Tripp Family says:

    what a great idea.. and you can make it match anything!! Oh, I’m SO excited that yard-sale-ing season is almost upon us. I’ll have to scour some blogs and make me a list of things to look for! I am currently agonizing over what to put on my mantle. I just don’t have a feng shui bone in my body!! Keep up the good inspiration :)

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  21. You have inspired me. I am thinking I will be picking up some spray paint and go “shopping” in my own house!

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  22. Love all those ideas! The little vignette is so cute! I want to hear about everything else you found at that wonderful sale! :)

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  23. I love hearing your frugal tips. I can’t believe you know Karen Screnock! That is so fun.

    I put a picture in Facebook that I found with you in it! I don’t know if you can see it or not but I’ll be posting it to my blog soon too.

    Great to meet you again!

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  24. kisses and cupcakes says:

    oh my gawd !
    i am soooo hitting home depot tomorrow!
    you scored and did SUCH cute stuff : )
    just found your blog – love it!
    seems you balance it just perfectly….
    kisses and cupcakes,
    amy
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  25. Our really empty nest says:

    Jen That plate is beautiful, I would never have thought to do that in a million years! You are a very clever gal! And yes, I too had lots of country blue and burgundy ALL over our house, YIKES! LOL Sue

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  26. I love your blog! Got here by way of The Blessed Nest. I can’t wait to grab a can of spray paint and renew my house! I am storing so many tired, dated shelves and whatnots, hoping they come back in style. Well, now I just need to paint some life into them. Thanks!!!!…Kathy @ alittlepinchofthisandthat.blogspot.com

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  27. Cute idea. Love your blog!

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  28. The Queen of Fifty Cents says:

    I think I’d take that can of paint to the flowers and vase as well! I’m for sure going to keep my eye out for paint when I’m shopping driveways this year.

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  29. Okay,once again you have inspired me. Just returned from Goodwill with some miscellaneous wire items and am heading out to the garage to spray paint them white! I just love your blog…

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  30. Magic Brush says:

    Since i own a paint company… YES… I am totally jealous of your great find on all the spray paint! Congratulation! The Magic Brush

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  31. An Accomplished Woman says:

    Jen,

    You did find a good yard sale. The plate is a great idea. Love your hints.

    Cynthia

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  32. Really great job! I linked to you today! :) Kelly

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  33. Miss(es) Canadian Pie says:

    Two thumbs up! You are rockin’ with the spray paint. Until I started blogging I had no idea that that fine mist of paint could be such a transforming thing. Everything looks great.

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  34. Thanks, Jen! The clipping was really fun! The shopping and trying to juggle it all today wasn’t as fun. It was disheartening to realize that some of the coupons really weren’t that good a deal. however many cents off TWELVE cans of fruits/veggies? I don’t even need twelve cans at a time when I already have a bunch of canned goods in my pantry. But on a better note, we did save over $20, mostly by using two $10 off $50 coupons. But we also bought some stuff that we will definitely use but we probably wouldn’t have bought otherwise. Oh well, it’s all a learning process, right? I look forward to many more tips and pointers as I navigate these waters. Oh and my other really good success! 5 cake mixes and a seasoned pork loin roast for $7.57!!! Buy 2 get 3 free ad in the circular I actually looked at for once plus a pork loin for 4.99 as opposed to 7.99 and then a $1 off coupon I’d clipped for it! That felt good! Yippee! Kelly

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  35. The Scooper says:

    LOVE me some spray paint. I just had a big spray paint party myself trying to redecorate my bedroom. Sprayed some tacky urns cream…lovely.

    Have never done clear glass though. Your plate looks fantastic! Oh, the possibilities.

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  36. oooooooooooooooh. great idea. from blah to awesome!

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  37. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says:

    I never would’ve thought to paint a glass plate like that. Love how it turned out. Aren’t you creative?! :-)

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  38. Curvaliscious says:

    Good heavens woman you are a genius! Thank you for sharing.

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  39. I have never thought of that. Great idea and it looks so awesome. WOW!
    Love your blog. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  40. What a great idea- I love it! I love the spray paints that make things look like metal. I love to update the tired hardware on our doors and such. The plate looks beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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  41. new every morning says:

    What a smart girl you are!!!
    I love that idea. I never thought of spray painting clear glass. you are amazing!

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  42. I saw your link on Blissfully Domestic.

    Glad you could find some great steals. I love Estate sales when they’re priced well.

    Lori
    http://www.thetowells.com

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  43. Fabulous idea! I once saw that idea on a decorating show, but I forgot all about it. Maybe I’ll have to try it sometime!

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  44. Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista says:

    The plate is gorg! I too am a lover of spray paint…the immediate gratification is a delight! Great ideas! I think I need to go hunting the house now to find more projects to paint! :) Ashley

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  45. FromThe Creek says:

    Great tackle! I never thought about using spray paint…but then I normally leave the painting to the hubby!

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  46. shopannies says:

    love your idea and may just use it myself my mother owns a consignment shop and I can often find great things over there.

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  47. Those are some great finds!! Awesome tackle:-)

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  48. I love the way everything turned out! Visiting from Blissfully Domestic.

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  49. Jerri - Simply Sweet Home says:

    This looks very nice!

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  50. Jeanette "Frogster" says:

    THis is great! I love repurposing things! (and do so often at my craft blog!) You were so creative!

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  51. itsahumanzoo says:

    Love the plate! It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do!

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  52. I would have never thought to spray paint CLEAR glass~you’re genius! I love it, and love that you have 5 kids as well…
    Melissa

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  53. Living with Lindsay says:

    How wonderful! Now I’m going to be going around my house trying to figure out what needs some spray paint!

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  54. That is amazing! Great job.

    Karol :0)

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  55. Ingenious! Looks great.

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  56. Gee’s Jen, you’re scaring me…if I see you coming at me with a can of white spray paint I’ll definitely run. I really do love what you did…best part is all your great second hand finds.

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  57. That looks great! I love the idea of spray paint, but am always too chicken to do it!

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  58. Okay the plate!!! I have several of those, why? I’ve no idea! Then as I kept reading I actually got excited!!! Where’s my spray paint?
    This is my kind of fix, INSTANT!
    ~Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  59. Crafty Niche says:

    It’s amazing how spray paint makes a difference. I LOVE the plate!

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  60. The Nester says:

    Mercy girl, you have a zillion comments. took me forever to scroll down.

    I can so picture you walking around your house with a can of white spray paint! Love that you painted the plate and it looks so much better!

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  61. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    Wow, I had not idea that you could spray paint plates like that! It looks great, and Oh, my, the ideas that are now swirling in my head…

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  62. Debbie @ Cheaper by the Bakers Dozen says:

    At the risk of adding to the big head you must be getting, totally deserved I might add!, this is a great post with terrific ideas!

    I am a spray paint manica myself AND I own those same fruity plates…which will be white in about 10 minutes from now :)

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  63. Oh man, I need to go buy some spray paint- great ideas- and it looks like you had fun too.
    Thanks

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  64. FABULOUS !! Every single thing looks just perfect and I can’t wait to find some of those glass plates…
    GREAT JOB..
    bj

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  65. I’m kicking myself for getting rid of those plates when we moved! Why didn’t I think of that!

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  66. I have always been a true beleiver and in can of paint…Does wonders to boost any look. I love what you did with that plate though!!!

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  67. The Masked Mommy says:

    I love seeing awesome things people do with spray paint! I should keep a can in my utility belt…

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  68. Misti of Studio M Designs says:

    Ahhhhhhh spray paint does go a long way. Beautiful plates, I am seriously impressed! I say use them on the green wall. You are so funny, I will definitely be coming back for more.
    ~Misti

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  69. I love what you did with the plates.

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  70. Biteofpunkinpie says:

    $1 for an entire box of spray paint is an amazing deal. I just bought 2 cans at HD for $8… It all looks great, the plate especially was a great idea!

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  71. Tricia Anne says:

    You are so resourceful! I am aching for some warmer (consistent) weather to bring back out the spray paint.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  72. Lazy Mom Leslie says:

    I can’t believe how great that plate turned out! Fabulous!

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  73. I’m going to buy a can of spray paint PRONTO! I love what you did – it’s beautiful!

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  74. What great ideas!

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  75. Oh my goodness! This is just my first visit to this site and I’d stay longer, but I must go get a can of white spray paint!

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  76. Kim @ Forever Wherever says:

    You’re so creative! It all looks great and I love the yellow wall!
    -Kim

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  77. That was quite clever. I’ll have to look at junk more carefully next time I’m thrifting. :)

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  78. Remodeling Guy says:

    I’m so impressed with the difference a little spray paint can make! You’re making me want to run out to garage sales looking for stuff to spray. ‘course I’ll probably go with bright orange or something, but still! Great post!

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  79. Robin @ My Blessed Nest says:

    Great ideas for repurposing and sprucing up items to suit your taste…very clever!

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  80. Whoever invented spray paint couldn’t know the impact it would make in the decorating world! Great transformation!

    Jen

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  81. kari and kijsa says:

    This is such a great post…we loved it…"shopping your house"…you rock!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

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  82. great job – love it!

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  83. Melissa @ The Inspired Room says:

    I am really looking forward to spring and heading out to garage sales again! I swore them off while I was at my old house because I just had too much stuff. Now that I am in a new place, I am looking forward to filling it up again. :-)

    Fun stuff you found!

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  84. Miss Sandy says:

    I love the ten minute redo, so very clever! The plates are more striking after being painted. Thanks for sharing your quick tip!

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  85. honeysuckle says:

    What a great idea. I never would have thought to spray apint a glass plate! I have painted wooden things but not glass. Thanks for the ideas!

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  86. OMG how clever is that plate! I Love It!

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  87. Rona's Home Page says:

    I’ll have to stop by my neighborhood Walmart and see what terrific finds are just waiting to be discovered.
    Thanks for the tip.

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  88. Love those plates! They turned out GORGEOUS!

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  89. Pure genius! I have a plate just like that- and I’ve purchased three cans of spray paint this week! I’m preparing to attack a lot of items in my home this week!

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  90. The spray paint really brought out the details of the plate. I’ve seen wonders with spray paint and this is one of them.

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  91. wow. What a transformation of that plate! That’s really interesting!

    Michelle
    http://www.everydaycelebrating.com

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  92. I still love that plate project! Thanks for joining in on the party! Jen

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  93. Hi Jen :)

    Great transformations! I love that little family sign :)

    I just bought a whole thing of spray paint and have been doing the same thing LOL

    rue

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  94. I love your idea to paint a glass plate. your accessories are very nice. great work

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  95. Beth at Aunties says:

    Thanks for the wonderful idea….I am headed for my spray paint!

    ♥♥♥

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  96. I love these–what a great and easy and quick makeover. I have done some items in black, but now I am really digging the white!

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  97. WOOHOO! I’m gonna shop my house with spray paint! Great post!

    The Texas Woman

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  98. vintagewindow says:

    Love the plates. So, chic

    Kris

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  99. thedomesticfringe says:

    I paint everything white too! LOVE white. You did an awesome job.

    -FringeGirl

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  100. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    Someone else did glass too and I have NEVER done that! It turned out amazing!!

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  101. Never would have dreamed to paint the glass plate and I L-O-V-E it! Happy Monday!

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  102. super important question…did you fireproof the candlesticks after you spray painted them? I just spraypainted some awesome candelabras but then realized i might have created a bomb here! Trying to look online for answers. I didnt think to buy fireproof spray paint!! thoughts?!?!?!!

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    Jen Reply:

    I can’t give fire proof advice, but in my experience, I’ve never had a problem and I’ve painted probably 20 candle holders which I use regularly. Since the candles aren’t touching the spray paint at all, I haven’t had a problem.. I’ve had fire touch mine with no harm, but again, this is just my experience.

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