My mom was getting rid of this wicker thingamabobber. I took one look at it and though it should be red. And aqua for the cushion, of course. Red and aqua = best buds.
I’m new to the spray paint thing, and to the furniture makeover thing, so in true-to-me form, I put off the intimidating task for a few weeks, and then jumped in with both feet. Blindfolded. In other words, I totally panicked and then I totally winged-it.
Like our “spray paint tree?” Neil and Aidan did a school project on it last month, hence the blue. (I really should have had that tree removed from our lawn months ago, after Sandy knocked it down, but I’ve been dragging my heels. For once my laziness has paid off, because it’s a great place to precariously balance stuff you need to paint.)
I loved the color of this paint while it was going on, but when I got it in the house? I don’t know. It’s darker than I planned, and I haven’t decided yet if I am ok with that. It’s kind of a dark cherry instead of a fire engine red, and I was envisioning something more like the color of that pillow I set on top of it for comparison.
They actually look pretty nice together in that photo, but in real life, there really is quite a difference between the two reds.
Anyway, yesterday I turned my attention to the pillow. It’s a really stiff piece of foam, and because I am me (as opposed to someone who bothers to read instructions) I decided to just jump in and guess. I thought, “hey! why not make an envelope-style pillow? All I have to do is add a strip all around the outside between the front and the back, to make it boxy.”
As you can see above, I was right about that. Mostly. And if you are willing to overlook the devil of a time I had stuffing that thick foam into the pillowcase, and the truly wonky corners on the cover, you could call this project a success.
Oh, those corners. If I were not so impatient, I really could have done better with those corners. I can sort of envision where I went wrong, and maybe someday I will even fix them.
I’m pretty good at turning a blind eye to imperfections, though, so the chances are good this will never get fixed. I am thinking, however, that I might just replace the entire cushion with a big, heavy, down pillow. I could make a nice pillowcase for one of those with my eyes closed. And I just happen to have enough fabric left.
For the most part? I’m happy. I like a good makeover story, and I think this qualifies as a halfway decent makeover, even given my reservations about some parts of it.
I just have to make up my mind about that paint color. And the pillowcase.
Oh! and can anybody tell me how long it takes for the spray paint fumes to go away? It’s been a week since I painted this thing, and I still can’t keep it in the family room for more than a few hours before the smell bothers me. I have to keep sticking it outside, or stashing it in the basement when it rains (which is nearly every day, lately).
I’d really like to put my feet up on it where they belong