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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

White Spray Paint Project

When CK and I went to Calif. a couple years ago, I had a ball shopping for some fun accessories, and two things that I bought were these two spheres.

I've used the orange and lime with my summer pillows, and love them both, but I think a change is in order.

Out came the white spray paint.  I gave both spheres and one little pedestal a quick rough up with a little bit of steel wool, then sprayed away.  

When they were dry, I gave them a quick rub down wash with a little bit of walnut stain and wiped it all off immediately.  I just wanted to fill in some of the cracks and to tone down the stark white a little bit.  After that, I gave them a couple coats of clear gloss.  They turned out gorgeous.

Here you can see how the stain toned down the stark white a little bit.  I also sanded off some of the paint where it was previously distressed.

I didn't do heavy distressing, just a little.  This actually looks a little more brown, not orange in person.

I think I will use these a lot more now that they are white.

It feels like I have band new treasures and that's always fun.  Cost 0, just some spray paint I already had.

Don't be afraid to pain ceramic things, they paint really well and it definitely creates something totally different.

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  1. Don't you just love how a little paint can change an object and give it new life?!! Very nice, Marty!!~~Angela

  2. Wow, Marty- they look so different, how fun is that...the feeling of having something new when it isn't, quite - lovin it!

    You should share that over at TIMEWASHED blog linky party Blissful Whites Wednesday!!


  3. Wow, what a difference Marty. I love them in white.

  4. They look absolutely gorgeous! Love the new white wash!

  5. The magic of spray paint indeed Marty! Love the white wash look!

  6. Don't u just love how paint refreshes somthing old. Funny..I just painted a ceramic piece this week ...white. have a good week marty.

  7. Love it! did you used a special kind of paint, or just good ole' latex spray paint?

    1. Just plain ole cheap spray paint. I just give them a rub down down a scotch brite pad to rough up to shinny finish just a tad, then I use really light coats. I finish it off with a crystal clear for the shine. Marty

  8. Paint!! The magical refresher.
    Beautiful Marty.
    Hugs. Gee

  9. Always love what a little paint will do!! So refreshed!!

  10. They sure turned out gorgeous in White! I love White for every season too, Marty, so even in the fall with browns and earth tones, they'll look great! Great!

  11. Marty,
    I love the change of color to white!!!
    The Walnut stain gives them such an elegant look!!!
    Thank you for reminding us to use what we have and love. . .and make it better!!!

  12. Hi Marty, They look amazing!!! Love the new color and such a great idea to add the walnut stain!

  13. White is always a win in my book! Love these, and I think you are right, they're much more versatile now. The gloss makes them looks especially pretty I think.

  14. Oh I love this makeover Marty! They looks so fresh and cool now! Well done.

    Have a very happy fourth of July!

  15. These turned out just beautiful. I love the techniques you used. I've never tried stain and it really makes a difference. Love them! :)


  16. I did that with some finials I had and sprayed them black. I just love them now and feel the same as you. Love yours! The shapes are really cool.

  17. Bonjour,

    J'aime beaucoup... Merci pour cette publication.

    Gros bisous

  18. Hey Marty, nice change! just stopping by to let you know that you have been nominated for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!

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  19. Beautiful transformation...they go very well with the white flowers on the table...:):)

  20. Beautiful! I love to spray paint :) So many options for a new look!

  21. wow you scored~! and LOVE them in white..

  22. I think they look great white, Marty! Plus, I think you'll get more use out of them since they will fit in with any of your rooms now.

  23. Love these! Of course, I love all things white!

  24. I love these ...I shared my lamps I turned into yard ornaments and I have been looking for some smaller ones so I could do something similar to these.. now I am so inspired and need to seriously get out there and find some. Thanks for sharing...
    Xo Tammy

  25. You mean those are ceramic? I thought they were wood! They are gorgeous and I love the white paint. I REALLY love the gloss finish you put on that-something we don't see on wood items. Very pretty- xo Diana

  26. Looking good! And thanks for fixing whatever was wrong, whatever you did worked! ;)

  27. Just beautiful Marty!! Love them! Great job!

  28. Now why don't I ever think about doing that? This is a great idea. I can see things in a different way now. I'd better check out what's in my garage and find me a spray can of paint!

  29. Love it and Love spray paint. Great job!


  30. Your spray paint project turned out so beautifully! Maybe I'll try this on some of my ceramics that could use an update. Thanks for the posting!

  31. I recognized them right away! Bye bye orange....but they do look great!

  32. It's amazing what a coat of paint can do. Love the transformation!!

  33. I love spray paint! One can find new treasures in their home every other day just by doing exactly what you did. Looks great! Feel free to post this at my HOME party. I would love to have you. Happy 4th of July, Marty!


  34. I have painted lamps and vases and they turned out beautiful. Love yours!!! Happy 4th of July !

  35. They look so pretty Marty, great idea!
    Happy 4th of July!!!

  36. I love spray paint too! These turned out fabulous! Happy 4th of July,

  37. Marty, you did a wonderful job! They look brand new.


  38. They look so pretty! I agree that you'll be able to use them more now since they are neutral. I never think about spray painting ceramic things. I need to remember that. I love to repurpose things.

  39. I love the way the turned out. So Pretty!! I also use spray paint for most of my projects.

  40. Marty, You know I love spray painting things white and your pieces look so good in white, with the little bit of distressing. I know you'll use them a lot more since white goes with everything. They really are nice and large pieces.

  41. Dear Marty, they turned out just perfect. I think you are right..LOTS you can do with them in their new color! You did a great job..and most of all, I LOVE the cost!

  42. Wow! They look amazing, Marty! I love how impressive they look in your vignette! Gorgeous transformation!Hugs,Poppy

  43. The miracle of spray paint once again.
    I really like them white.

  44. They look lovely, Marty. I've always got a can of spray paint around, it works wonders!
    Happy 4th of July!

  45. Great idea Marty! I love how they turned out!

  46. That really changed the look completely! I love them white, but I love color, too. The choice of whether to paint or not would have had me stumped for months! You're brave and they look lovely!
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  47. I LOVE the new look! I used to be all over color, but in my (ahem) declining years I find that I am really embracing white and greens. These would look great on my dining table. Now to find something similar locally. Thanks for the great idea.

  48. Oh my Marty these are just beautiful. I love their shapes and of course love them even more white. You have done a wonderful job. I want some!!
    thanks for linking to my Paint Parade
    Fiona x

  49. Hello Marty, I think they look exquisite white - they're beautiful! I do appreciate you shairng with Home and Garden Thursday,

  50. Marty those turned out great! I love um. Thanx for partying at my place. Hope your week is going well.

  51. wow Marty, these are fabulous, they look like glass! I'm featuring them tomorrow on Be Inspired!!

  52. Love how these turned out! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!