Being on a tight budget, I’ve become accustomed to making do with what I already own. I’m constantly rearranging old furniture and patching bedsheets. Even though I could replace certain things, I find it rewarding to give a little reprieve to items destined for the thrift store or the junk heap.
One little miracle of renewal I’ve found is simple spray paint. Once, when I needed several vases of a certain color for a wedding, the wedding planner gave me some great advice. She said, “Honey, you can paint anything.” And, she did. She turned the wrong color vases into the right color with a couple of bucks of cheap spray paint. The vases were quite elegant and no one could tell that they were painted with “dollar store” paint.
Since then, I’ve used her advice over and over. Spray paint has become my friend. Once I had a lamp that had been loaded to take to Goodwill. It had a stylish, contemporary base and a nice shade, but the design on the lamp itself was completely unappealing to me. It was some sort of swirly, pastel pattern in various hues. My “spray paint” light bulb went on; I could repaint this lamp. It is now my beautiful bedside lamp, painted a soothing forest green, and I enjoy it every night.
The same thing happened with two old, hand-me-down, wooden chairs. They had seen better days when I got them from a friend who was tossing them out. They were still solid and sturdy but their finish was damaged from several years of use. I decided that a good coat of paint was just the way to go. I spray painted those two chairs a glossy brown and used them as extras for many years.
Finally, don’t toss out your feathered friends’ wooden birdhouses when they get a little weather-worn. Clean them well, make minor repairs, and give them a good coat of colorful spray paint. Your birdhouses will last for years longer and you can enjoy watching future generations of baby birds take their first flight.