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Monday, April 12, 2010

Thinking Outside the Black & Giveaway Winner Announced


I love Craigslist. I've sold all kinds of things on Craigslist. One time I sold a stroller within 2 hours of listing it. How can you not love that? However, I had never bought anything on Craigslist until just a few weeks ago. I only had to search for a couple days when I scored a table & four chairs for my screened porch. They weren't in the best shape, but it was still a deal for only $25.
Here's what the table looked like when we brought it home. Faded Forest Green. As soon as I saw it, I pictured it in my favorite basic black. (I know-- it looks black in this picture.)


And then I had a revelation. What if I painted it another color other than black? What if I painted it Robin Egg Blue? I planned to look for 6 small chairs to go around it so the whole family can eat together alfresco. And when I found some espresso folding cafe chairs, I thought maybe the blue could actually work.

So, I took the chance, and went for it. On the advice of some experts, we used oil paint. Specifically, we used Valspar Anti-Rust Gloss Enamel in the color "High Noon" from Lowes.



It was definitely a little more of a hassle to clean up the oil paint as opposed to latex, but I love how the finish turned out.



It was fun to change it up & use a fun color for this project. But don't think I've totally given up the black. More projects in black coming soon! What have you not painted black recently?

As usual, I'm linking to these great parties. Check them out!

Congratulations to MaryMoon, Winner of the Frostings Custom Jewelry Giveaway!
Winner chosen thru Random.org
(MaryMoon, I don't have your contact info, so be sure to email me!)

Stay tuned for another great Mother's Day giveaway coming this week!

25 comments:

  1. It looks great! I need you to come help me with my house!!

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  2. looove the blue - great choice. :D

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  3. that blue-ish color is beautiful! i havent done anything other than browse craigs list-someday i will buy...

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  4. I would have automatically thought "Black" too.
    I love that you thought out of the box. It looks great too. I need to think out of the box a little myself.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Brooke

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  5. Great work!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :)

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  6. it looks gorgeous! i am partial to this color combo because these were my wedding colors. great job. come visit me and enter my very first giveaway of some of my designs and a pottery barn giftcard @ www.barefeetonthedashboard.blogspot.com.

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  7. Love that color! I always go for black, color would be a welcome change.

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  8. i love the blue! great job!! I'd love for you to link up over here!

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  9. What a gorgeous shade of blue! I'm actually off to pick up my first ever furniture craigslist purchase now. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours did!

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  10. I LOVE it!! Also a huge fan of Craigslist! ;)

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  11. I love that you did something different. It looks wonderful on your porch!
    Sarah
    handbagsnpigtails.blogspot.com

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  12. Paul will have a whole new respect for you now that you've entered into his favorite world of oil paint. I can't wait to tell him! =] I LOVE how this looks on that porch. Lovely.

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  13. That looks great! I really like the white, it looks so clean and pretty!

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  14. I LOVE the blue! I'm so glad you painted it another color rather than black. I think a lot of people love color but are wary to use it on a major project. Great job!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. :o)

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  15. oh i love it! it looks so fresh and ready for summer!

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  16. I love how it turned out. That blue really makes it pop. Fabulous job!

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  17. Looks great against the slate tile! Love it!

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  18. PS - I love the vases in the window above the laundry room door.

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  19. Stunning, just draw droppingly beautiful, I absolutely love it ! The question for me is 'What have I not painted 'Heirloom White'? Tee hee. Have a lovely day and thanks so much for reading !

    Hugs
    Kate

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  20. Love that blue!! I personally just want to paint everything red recently but this is so soft and beautiful!

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  21. I love, Love, LOVE this! This is a great color and an awesome way to upgrade an existing piece! Love it :)

    Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

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  22. That is the perfect blue, I have got to quit painting everything white! I am so glad i found your blog! I am a new follower. If you get a chance I would love for you to peek at my blog www.thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com

    Thank You Carol

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I love hearing from each of you and will do my best to respond! Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you're here!