Thursday, September 8, 2011

Spray painted bottles and tape

I pinned this great picture from

It originally appeared on this blog  Decor8

What a fun idea!  I also liked the unlimited possibilities of size, shape and color provided on the bottles, paint color and tape.

This week I stopped in to get some magnets at Michael's and found that they had rolls of monogrammed packaging tape on sale for 50 cents a roll.  However, I am such a dork, I thought the rolls had the entire alphabet printed on one roll.  As in all 26 letters on a single roll.  I didn't look closely enough to see that each roll contained only one letter.  If I had looked closer I would have actually left the store with a letter that had some significance to our family.  But instead, I came home with a roll of M tape, H tape and G tape.  Oh well, it was only 50 cents. 

So here is a photo of the project supplies.

I sprayed about 3 light coats of glossy white paint on the jar.  Then positioned the tape which stuck perfectly.  I did not apply a sealer coat but may do so if it seems I will be washing the jar often.  Right now it is just for "looks."

But, it does "look" pretty, doesn't it? 

Cost of this project
I had the jar already. Zero $$
Spray paint $3.24
Packing Tape .50 cents
Total cost- $3.74

You could whip up several of these and still only spend $3.74 as I didn't come close to using all of the paint or tape. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Front Porch Freshen Up!

Today I am sharing the quick way I freshened up our front porch.  I don't have a before photo so just imagine nothing, bare bones, zero cuteness, just a porch.  That's pretty much the way it looked. 

 It bothered me every time I came home so I checked out pinterest for some "small front porch" ideas.  I have also been attracted to the mossy initial letters that are popping up on blogs and in magazines. 

 I had a "P" left from a Christmas project.  It was very glittery but I decided to try it with some black fabric to "bring down the bling".  I grabbed the ladder I bought at goodwill a while back.  It was only $4.00 and was the natural wood color.  I painted it black and added the "P". 

Then moved some flowers from the yard to the top and called it a day!  Nothing too fancy, just a little something to welcome up the space.

I actually had all of these items on hand so today this freshen up cost me nothing, zero, zilch, nada, no buckaroos.  That's the kind of decorating I love most!