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Monday, August 19, 2013

Spray Painted Wreath

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Yep, you read the title correctly!  I said "spray painted wreath"!
I like to joke that if something isn't moving, out comes my can of spray paint:)
I wanted to make a wreath to hang over our bed, but wanted to utilize materials that I had on hand, rather than go out and buy all new supplies.  I remembered a large bunch of silk flowers that I purchased on clearance last fall at Hobby Lobby, but they were in autumnal shades, which definitely wasn't the look I was going for.  Lucky for me, I already had a grapevine wreath base on hand.  And of course I always have a large supply of spray paint in my arsenal!
 So, after spraying the flowers with primer, and then my favorite Heirloom White, I cut off the individual flowers and leaves, and hot glued them to my base.
 I then sprayed the heck out of it with another coat of Heirloom White.  It took a ton of paint!  It was pretty much impossible to totally cover all of flowers, as some of the color showed thru.  But, I really am in love the look of faded, frosty blooms!
 After the paint had dried, I brought the wreath back inside and added the piece de la resistance, a bunch of my glittered vintage sheet music roses, which I had made awhile back.
 I'm so happy with the end result!
 I really love how the colors that once were bright gold, dark burgundy, and orange (and so not me!!)
now have the look of being gently faded over time.
 Right now I'm enjoying it in my craft room, on my brick wall. But soon it will go in our bedroom and add just the touch I was looking for.
So don't be afraid to look beyond what is, to what could be.  Get out those cans of spray paint and create something fun!
Sharing with Becky for Blissful Whites Wednesday

24 comments:

Joyce Mayer said...

and then......glitter the heck out of it. Giggle. Hey, do I know you or do I know you?

Hugs

NanaDiana said...

Donna- I think it is even prettier with the shades of the flowers showing through but being so muted. You and me and spray paint, girl. We could cover the world!!!! xo Diana

Victoria said...

Okay, this is totally something I would do! So much stuff goes out of style only due to the color so why not...and it looks so much better now!

Susie said...

Donna, That is so cute. I like how it has a faint color showing through. xoxo,Susie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Adorable!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You have really inspired me to take some flowers I got on clearance and paint them! Love the 'faded' look of these flowers now. Awesome. Pinning this!!

hugs,
Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

This is just too pretty, Donna! I just love how the hints of color are coming through. And the music paper flowers are beautiful! You did very well, my friend! :)

XO,
Jane

Bente said...

The wreath is so beautiful now. How clever, Donna.

Have a great week

Hugs from here

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This wreath is one of my favorites of all your creations. Love the touch of music in the roses you added! Great job!

Ornate Splendor said...

This wreath made me smile! : ) Really really pretty - great idea - love the way the tiny bit of color shows through so that it has the "faded elegance" look. Gorgeous!! Cheers, Catherine (newest follower of your blogging adventures!)

Donna Wilkes said...

I going to a thrift shop tomorrow to look for some ugly silks to paint. Love the way it turned out!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Of course you would come up with this perfect recycled idea. It brings a whole new life to this wreath. Your paper flowers are always the perfect touch.

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Oh I can just picture you spraying away with all that Heirloom White Donna! You are so right - this wreath is much more YOU than any fall colors would be. I love it!!! You are so clever. :)

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Wonderful wreath and in so poetic colours. I Just love it. I agree with you Recycling is The best !

xoxo from PARIS/FRANCE
Joëlle

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Donna, I'm going to do it!! I have so many wreaths I've made and they are so close in colors that they all start to look the same. What a fun change up!!..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Tete said...

You are so insane, Donna! I love this. Absolutely love this. You know, you might not use as much paint if you take them apart and then put each flower back together.
I am thinking you might be able to bleach them first too and see what happens...oh you have my head spinning now. I will never pass up a cheap bag of silks at the rummage sales now.

Gail said...

hey looks fantastic ! I've never used spray paint so I can imagine getting a bit messy myself haha but you have done a splendid job (as usual !!) love the soft pastel colours ! happy weekend to you !
Gail x

Shabby Gr8 Dane said...

The wreath is so 'shabby,' a wonderful way to use Heirloom White, however anything that Heirloom White touches seems to transform magically. The wreath will be a great addition to your bedroom. Do you have a tutorial for the sheet music roses? I love them. Thanks for sharing.

Something Special said...

Oh, you are a girl after my own heart. I try to use what I have on hand, and remake something into a useful and beautiful decoration that is updated. I take a spray paint can to almost anything. I love your painted case too. We would get along so very well. I am happy that you recieve the pillow. That is an old vintage flour sack dishtowel for the pillow. I am glad you like it!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a clever idea, Donna! Way to think outside the box...I love it!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Oh Donna, I think you did a magnificent job on your wreath. And I've been known to do similar things with spray paint, so I totally "get it". Well done!

Hugs,
Judy

Sandi said...

pretty!!

Judy said...

Exquisite!

Carole said...

Hi Donna, your wreath is absolutely stunning!