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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!

Since Daniel already wrote about my graduation (thank you for all of the sweet messages!), I am going to jump right into the story behind this statue…

This is a statue of Old Drum, which is located in front of the courthouse in downtown Warrensburg, Missouri, where the University of Central Missouri is located. The story of Old Drum is very interesting, and it is where the phrase “a dog is man’s best friend” originates from.

According to, “Old Drum, a hound dog, was shot dead in 1869 by Samuel “Dick” Ferguson, nephew and ward of Leonidas Hornsby, an irate neighbor who thought Drum had been killing his sheep. Drum’s owner, Charles Burden, sued Hornsby (who also happened to be his brother-in-law), and the case eventually went to the Missouri Supreme Court where Burden won the case. But it was in the courtroom in Warrensburg that Burden’s lawyer, future senator George Graham Vest, delivered his famous tribute: “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world…is his dog.” A statue of Old Drum was erected, and still stands, on the current Johnson County Courthouse lawn (the old courthouse where Vest delivered his famous speech still stands elsewhere in town). Burden was awarded fifty dollars.”

Burden’s lawyer, George Graham Vest, was known as one of the finest speakers of the time, and his closing arguments, entitled “Eulogy to the Dog” is so moving, it will make any dog lover cry…

Gentlemen of the jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter whom he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us — those whom we trust with our happiness and good name — may become traitors in their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world — the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous — is his dog…a man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains.

When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.”

I passed this statue every time I went to school. I thought it was fitting that of all the schools in the Kansas City metro area, I chose to get my masters degree from the school in a town that is so pooch-centric, it erected a statue in honor of a slain dog. I’ll miss seeing that statue twice a week, but when I hear someone utter the old saying “dog is man’s best friend,” I’ll smile and think of Warrensburg….and Old Drum.

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