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Yesterday I showed you my piggy project that was inspired by Yellow Brick Home’s hot pink T-Rex

Well, the inspiration didn’t stop there! I also was pretty obsessed with YBH’s painted camera, so I decided to paint my own vintage camera that I found at Those Were the Days Antique Mall in Warrensburg on my very last day of school.

Just like with the piggies, I started off with a few light coats of primer.

I intended to use the same Key Lime spray paint as I did with the piggies, but then I remembered how much I loved the simple white of YBH’s camera…

Since I didn’t buy any white paint, I just decided to go over the primer with the clear gloss sealant and call it good. I really like how it turned out.

Daniel thinks it needs a couple more coats of paint to cover up the bits of black showing through, but I like it how it is.

What do you think?

I have been salivating over all of the spray painted things I’ve seen on home/DIY/style blogs lately…well, especially stuff from Scott & Kim’s beautiful Yellow Brick Home. So yesterday I pinned a couple things Kim spray painted for her new studio…including a cool, old camera and a sexy T-Rexy (catch that movie reference?)…

Okay, confession time: I am typically really bad about pinning some project idea and then never getting around to actually doing said project. But yesterday, when Daniel and I were recovering from a whirlwind graduation weekend by watching Doc Martin (which is helping to get us through the hump while we wait for a new season of Sherlock and Downton Abbey), I had an epiphany – I could actually do a project or two right then (shocking revelation, right?). So, we scurried over to Sutherlands where I spent way too much time hemming and hawing over bright spray paint in yellows, blues, and greens. When I enlisted Daniel’s help, he deftly chose Rust-oleum Key Lime and some spray primer, and we were back home in a flash.

I didn’t have my own T-Rex to paint, but I did have a piggy that needed a fresh new look.

This piggy is from the Todd Oldham for Target dorm collection that I had in my dorm room back in the day, and it’s been in our bedroom ever since Daniel & I got married. But let’s just say that my style has evolved a bit since then. This piggy even still had the sticker on – so I had to scrape that off before I could get started.

I applied two light coats of primer first – essentially allowing me to start with a blank slate. I also found another little piggy to paint while I waited on the big piggy to dry.

After allowing the primer to dry for a few hours, I applied a couple thin coats of Key Lime paint.

Once I had a nice, even coating of Key Lime, I thought I would apply some clear gloss sealant for added protection. Here is where things started to go awry. I noticed after the first thin coat on the big piggy that the paint underneath the clear sealant was starting to crackle.

At first I freaked out, but then I started to kind of like it. I decided not to put the clear sealant on the little piggy so I could compare to see which one I liked more.

I placed the big piggy back in our bedroom on our dresser…

Then the little piggy went into our office…

So which one do you prefer? Super smooth little piggy or crackly big piggy? I’m still trying to decide…

Ooooh, and check back tomorrow to see how my painted camera experiment turned out!

This weekend was full of things to be celebrated…

1. I (mostly) ran my first race. It was the 4.02 mile Trolley Run, which starts in Waldo (my neighborhood) and follows the old Trolley line to the Plaza. It was raining the whole time. I set a personal record…which is probably a normal pace for a speed walker, but it was still awesome.

2. I actually made something I pinned on PinterestCreamy Tomato, Basil, Garlic, and Cheese Tortellini soup. It was delish!

3. I took my last final and turned in my last paper of grad school! I still have to give a final to my students this week, but as of Friday, I am D.O.N.E! I cannot WAIT to cross “get a masters degree” off my goals list!

What things did you accomplish this weekend that should be celebrated? Turk wants to celebrate the fact that he has broken our resolve and forevermore claimed the couch cushions as his own.

I’ll probably be light on posting this week as I am prepping the house for my graduation party this weekend and catching up on grading stuff for my students…but I’ll be back next week with a vengeance!


If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I have a slight wreath obsession.

The problem with pinning is that I pin and pin and I never actually follow through on any of my pinspirations. Thankfully, there are people like Kate who reminded me of the Fall installment of Young House Love’s Pinterest Challenge. Oh JOY!

Of course I missed the deadline, but it’s cool to be fashionably late, right? So, this weekend I decided to STOP PINNING and START DOING when it comes to my unhealthy obsession with wreaths.

Here was my pinspiration photo:

After a quick trip to Joann, I returned with a wreath form, and Excelsior moss, natural filler, and some paddle wire. My bestie Deanna provided the glue gun. Rufus supervised.

The basic premise of making this kind of wreath is just to stretch out the moss and glue with wild abandon. As you stretch and glue, your wreath will start to look like this…

Once the moss was on just the way I liked it, I attached the natural filler, which basically looks like Safflower or Craspedia, with the paddle wire.

To attach them, I strung the paddle wire through the middle of about 4-5 at a time, then bent and arranged them how I liked it. Once they were exactly how I wanted them, I hot glued them into place. By the end, it looked like this…

This is how it looked on the door…

What do you think? The total cost for this project was about $8 (with a coupon) so I am pretty psyched! I am linking this up to Young House Love and Bower Power, where you can see all the other awesome Pinterest Challenge submissions!

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