I never thought that Goodwill would become one of my go to spots for home décor. I pop in and out at least 3 times a week to check out the goods. A few weeks ago I was about to leave empty handed when I spotted this hot mess. She was only $2.00 so I snatched her up. I loved her shape and figured if all else fails I could just put her on my porch with a plant on top. I got to work on the makeover right away.
The first thing I did was clean off all of the dirt and grime with a little soap and water.
There was a lot of chipped paint spots that needed to be smoothed out. It had been originally silver aluminum and someone painted it over with black paint. I wanted it to have a smooth glossy finish. I gave it a good rub down with a fine grit sandpaper until the surface was smooth to the touch and then wiped the dust off with a tack cloth.
Next I gave it a coat of my favorite spray primer, Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Base Primer, and let it dry for about an hour.
There were still a fair amount of little rough spots after it was primed so I sanded it again..
While I was at Home Depot I came across the prettiest shade of coral glossy spray paint. It was Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover Primer and Paint combo. I don’t know how well the combo formula would have worked on metal because I already had primed it.
The coverage was amazing-just two swipes and an area was completely covered. There were no drip marks. Just a rich glossy finish. I let it dry for about an hour and then did a quick second coat. The paint covered so well I probably could have skipped this step.
I took a razor blade and gently scraped the areas on the glass where there was gunk and old paint drops, wiped it down with glass cleaner and plopped in place.
Isn’t she a little cutie? Not sure where she will live yet. When I find a REALLY cheap piece for my home I have no problem getting it and then worrying about where I will put it later. I just try it out in different spots until it feels just right.
The gold lamp was actually a Goodwill find. It was black and I paid $2.00 for it. Gold spray paint can make anything look fabulous. I also snatched up the blue and white porcelain votive holder and hand painted “Colonia Tovar Venezuela” trinket box for 50 cents each. The gold studded box I just got at Pottery Barn on clearance for $8.00 and the green and black one I got from Home Goods a few years ago for $6.00(tag still on the bottom).
I love the thrill of finding great accessories for my home for just a few dollars each. You can do the same by exploring your local thrift stores, Goodwill, flea markets, and even garage sales. You can find unique “chotchkies” that most likely no one else will have.