Another DIY Project Completed!

Hi Everyone!  This weekend I finished another DIY project that was waiting patiently for me in my laundry room (somehow that’s where all my half-completed projects end up, even though I have a designated craft space elsewhere in the house…Don’t ask!!).

A few weeks ago I bought this mail holder at Michaels for half off.IMG_1572I loved the shape of it but didn’t have a need for a mail holder.  I bought it anyway not knowing exactly what I would do with it or where it would go.  That seems to happen a little more frequently than I’d care to admit!  But, as I was dreaming up ways to spruce up my mudroom, inspiration hit!  I decided it would be a perfect plant holder for an empty space I had on the wall of my mudroom.  I hung it up just like it was to live with it a few days and decide how I wanted to alter it.  Even though I liked the blue color, it didn’t exactly fit the vibe I’m going for, which I guess I’d describe as modern farmhouse (is that even a real style???).  So, I decided to “age” it.

First I removed the silver name plates and filled the holes with wood putty.  Then I grabbed my handy dandy palm sander and roughed up the surface a bit.  After that I cleaned it well with a soft white cloth.IMG_1579

Next I raided my ever growing collection of paint samples and half empty paint cans in the basement and came up with three colors; Benjamin Moore Advance paint in White, Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Coachman’s Cape and a Benjamin Moore sample in Calypso Blue.IMG_1604

Once I had my paint I just took a brush and haphazardly brushed the colors onto the holder.  I didn’t try to cover the entire surface, just brushed the colors on here and there, allowing each color to peak through.  This wasn’t a time for precision painting, however I tried to keep all my brushstrokes going in the same direction.  After the paint dried I went over the holder again with my sander to rough up the edges and take off any excess paint that I wasn’t happy with.

And, Voilà!  Here’s the finished product!IMG_1592copy-2I really love how it looks with the plants in it!  I’m now looking around the house to see what else could use a little “aging”.  Anything but me…time is taking care of that all by itself!

I still have a few other updates I’m planning for the mudroom, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted with my progress!