I really enjoy repurposing and rehabbing old, unwanted objects and making them new again, usually with something as simple as a can or two of spray paint. There are multiple well-loved objects at my house that have several coats of paint on them as I've changed rooms, changed moods, and changed my style over and over again. One of the easiest things to do to freshen up an object or an entire room is to go to Home Depot, pick out a color, and get to spraying.
My latest project actually is a new-to-me object that has been in my parents' house since I was in high school. This urn used to sit on their fireplace, and was a pretty nice piece when they bought it. But time was not kind to the ram urn, as time can be to any of us, and he got chipped, tired, and fell out of favor. So few weekends ago, my mom asked me if I would like to take this urn home and see what I could do with it. I, never one to decline a good rehab project, obliged, and the old urn got loaded up and left in the back of the car for a few weeks while I pondered his fate.
Then today after church, Ryan suggested we swing by Home Depot and grab a can of paint so that we could paint the ram urn (aka unload it from the car). Always up for shopping for spray paint, I immediately agreed, and then debated the color for the rest of the trip. Ryan suggested white because "everything like that in our house is white" which is a fair point. We can't exactly have the white linens and furniture I dream of, so I tend to compensate with white accessories that can easily be dusted, cleaned, and wiped of dog drool. I was not completely sold on white for this piece, however. I felt like something as funky and ornate as this ram urn deserved a statement color.
And nothing says statement like a glossy coat of Key Lime, does it? Lime green is an accent color I love to use in conjunction with the soft blues, breezy white, and punchy corals in our living room. So after about four coats of paint and an hour or so to cure, Mr. Ram found a new hue and a new spot in our entryway.
Doesn't it look great? I'm pretty pleased with the results, and I'm always happy when someone's trash turns into my treasure for the mere cost of a can on paint. Thanks, Mom!