Greetings. If you've seen my posts, even just a few of them, you know I'm a thrifting addict. This means I LOVE going to second hand stores anywhere I see one, and finding the diamonds in the rough nobody wants! Turning them into awesomely cool and fresh home decor is the icing on the cake. I use this strategy with our home, and every room design job I work on. Every single one.
Today I'm sharing how a simple home accessory can be re-created into something fresh and current.
I started with this giant tub '0 something at Goodwill. I liked it's size, shape, potential function, and the fact that it only set me back $3.99:
I certainly wasn't loving the ducks (and they even had scarves on), nor the stenciled border along the bottom. But these things are no big deal....with a vision, and some paint.
I decided to keep it simple with just three colors. I ran painter's tape along the top of the duck's heads, and along the bottom, below their "feet". Then I covered the ducks right up by painting that section black:
In the picture above, I had already removed the painter's tape. The ducks were still showing through the black paint, but before I dealt with that, I wanted to cover up the bottom border that was previously stenciled on. You can see that below.
I used cream paint, and again, placed my painter's tape for a clean edge all the way around.
It was time to cover those ducks once and for all. Once the black paint was dry, I applied painter's tape in a simple triangular fashion. I kept it simple, doing this all the way around the piece.
I eye-balled it while taping the triangles, making sure that I placed the tape equally distant from the previously painted triangle (I removed the painter's tape as soon as a triangle was painted)
And that's it! This took me 30 minutes or less. I am planning to use this piece for an upcoming customer design job I'll be installing later this month. I think it will serve its purpose well.
Now that it's done, I am debating adding a fourth color, and perhaps a few more triangles. Sometimes when I glance at it, I feel like I see a monster's mouth (the mustard yellow triangles are the teeth, and the black is the darkness of the mouth). What do you think?
Here's a look at the piece in a styled situation, which gives you an idea of how it could potentially be used:
There you have it. This is a simple way to update an old, tired piece of home decor. The best part, is that you can customize finds like this in any way, to fit your style/colors. That's a win-win all around don't you think?
Thanks for reading!
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