If there was only one way to sum up our creativity this year, it’s that we really embraced paint as these top 10 paint projects of the year attest! If you’ve never picked up a paint brush before, or you want to explore more like us, maybe next year is your year-of-paint and you’ll find inspiration in these projects!
After driving hundreds of miles to pick up a sewing machine for Hub’s burgeoning hobby, I couldn’t resist this vintage swivel mirror too. We coined this mirror makeover DIY the ‘Mullet Mirror’. Because it’s business in the front…
…and party in the back! A swivel mirror provides a perfect opportunity to have form and function in one piece! When you tire of looking at the mirror (although I know some people who never tire of their reflection), turn it around and it becomes a piece of art, with the addition of a transfer!
After spending a great deal of time cleaning out our respective mom’s estates this year, an emotionally challenging task, I couldn’t let these end tables go. Transforming some of our moms’ old pieces eased the pain of the losses and was somehow therapeutic. Interestingly, there are tons of books written about the the physiological effects of colour!
Mom’s tables took on a bright, cheerful new look with this retro peacock furniture transfer and my favourite colour of silk paint. Green has been my favourite colour since I was a child! Do you have a favourite paint colour that has stuck with you?
Sewing Machine Tables
Of course, with all Hubs’ machines, we have an abundance of sewing tables.
This koi scene was my favourite furniture upcycle because I proved to myself that everyone has an artistic side. And hand painting a piece of furniture is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Just start small on a door like this. If you want to start even smaller, try Terra Clay Paint on something like the tiki wall decor you see hanging here.
But if you’re not up to free style painting, try a stencil for equally striking results! We showed you all the tips and trick on how to stencil without bleed. This post (and the video) is a wealth of information if you ever want to stencil a piece of furniture.
Mid Century Modern
Another piece we found in mom’s basement is this MCM record player stand DIY. We embraced it’s flaws and again, I used my favourite colour!
This was the very first antique piece of furniture I ever bought. Then the busyness of life (and indecisiveness of whether to paint) got in the way. After sitting for 30 years, I finally got over my reluctance to paint. I think the bright, bold new look really transforms the once-dreary china cabinet (and the new owner loves it)!
Hubs meets so many interesting people through his sewing machine restoration hobby. And some of them come bearing gifts, like this vintage clock. Given the timing (just before the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee), we painted a Union Jack on the face. I was happy to redeem myself from my first attempt.
Although not technically painted this year, this thrifted clock is responsible for starting our journey on how to paint with chalk paint. Since it marks our very first chalk mineral paint project, it had to go on the list!
A piece from my MIL’s house, this upcycled magazine rack is just the thing to get us to slow down and do some reading after such a busy year!
Aside from real books, I also read quite a bit online. During the holidays I found an artist on Facebook who loves Hudson’s Bay Stripes as much as I do. I love her take on the subject!
Did you know you could paint pour with chalk paint? Neither did we until we tried. This was such a fun and easy little craft using something unexpected from the hardware store to create the effect!
Well, that wraps up our top 10 paint projects. Who knows what next year will bring? We certainly don’t; we rarely plan our projects in advance, so they will be a surprise for all of us!
Top 10 Paint Projects of the Year
Here’s a recap of our top 10 paint projects to pin for later :).
Have a Happy New Year!
My gosh you’ve had a busy year. It’s hard to choose a favorite, as every one of them is unique and beautiful. I love what you create.
Yes, the year was actually way too busy. While I love being creative and sharing our projects, I really want to slow down this year and spend more quality time with Hubs. Creating is great but on the flip side, too much time is spent in front of the computer blogging about it lol. Hopefully this year will be more balanced 🙂