Happy Wednesday, Friends! A yard sale sofa, a faded outdoor umbrella and a dated oven--what do these three things have in common? For different reasons, all needed makeovers, but seemed unlikely candidates for paint jobs. Yet, with carefully selected paint, a lot of research, and the courage to step outside of my comfort zone, these projects collectively saved me thousands of dollars! When I posted each
crazy unexpected paint job, I promised to share updates to show how my makeovers stood the test of time. So today I'm sharing just that--three updates ranging from just under two years to three years ago...
Let's start with the oldest and least expensive makeover first. With our scorching Texas summers, patio umbrellas often fade when they are in otherwise good condition. Instead of replacing one that had faded from a vibrant lime green to a very blah shade, though I'd never heard of it being done before, I took a chance and spray painted it. See how I spray painted my faded umbrella here!
It worked like a charm! Three years later, while it's not quite as bright as it was freshly painted, the paint hasn't cracked or peeled. A comparable 9 foot umbrella would have cost about $70 to replace. Since I spent less than $8 on two cans of spray paint, I saved at least $62!
The following year, after discovering retro pastel colored appliances, I became obsessed with updating the color of my oven. Every time I photographed my kitchen, it stood out like a gaping black hole. Even though my gourmet oven was old, it worked just fine and obviously I was not going to spend $5500 dollars to buy a new retro oven--even if the color was called jadeite green! After extensive research on different paints and safety precautions, I eventually made the decision to paint my oven--that's right--my oven! I'm sure there were readers who thought (A) I would cause a fire or at least that the paint would smoke, or (B) The paint would flake/burn off when I used the oven. Believe me, these thoughts crossed my mind as well! Two years later, I am happy to report that the oven did not smoke once--not even when I turned it up high with the windows open, the first time I used it after painting it. Here's how it looked after I painted it in 2015:
Please note that I did not paint the stove top, which is not recommended! Before you consider painting an oven, be sure to read the safety precautions here. I mentioned that the oven hasn't smoked or overheated due to the paint and below you can see that two years later, the paint hasn't flaked or chipped. I spent around $20, which included a few cans of paint that I ordered online, that ended up being a completely different color than pictured. Even so, I was able to achieve a color similar to the appliance that inspired me and save myself about $5480! Also, I ended up using the brighter green "mistake" paint for a garden project. ;)
The last update is one of my all time favorite makeovers--the $10 yard sale sofa I transformed with chalk paint. While I'm certainly not the first to paint upholstery, it wasn't quite as popular a few years ago and it was new to me. Before proceeding, I scoured the internet for successful results and learned that there are some very strong opinions about the "right" way to paint upholstery. In the end, after combining techniques and spending several days on the project, I was in love with the results. In the almost two years since I originally shared it, I have been asked repeatedly if the paint feels stiff, or has cracked or peeled. I can honestly answer a resounding "No!" to all of the above. However, I am convinced the success of the project has to do with the sofa's original chintz-like fabric as well as the very thin layers of paint applied and sanding in between each--yep, sanding--that surprised me, too. That doesn't mean different types of fabric couldn't be painted, I just don't know that they would retain the smooth, soft texture mine has. You can see the pretty awful before photo, as well as a very detailed tutorial here. For this project, I spent just under $52, including the $10 for the sofa, saving me over $1000 compared to sofa prices I've seen online!
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Happy painting...and saving!