Hey Friends! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Summer so far. It’s definitely been a hot one. :)
I had planned to share my screened porch and patio with you long before now but time surely has gotten away from me!
I do plan to share it around mid August, however. :)
In the meantime, I’m going to share a couple of the thrifty screened porch decor items.
Both of these little projects are easy peasy.
I am not kidding one bit. Both took me maybe a total of 15 minutes to complete!
My kinda project. :)
The porch and patio (well, there wasn’t a patio when we moved in) has come such a long way.
I can’t wait to share it all with you guys!
But first I’m going to share this little clock I picked up at Big Lots.
I loved the sort of retro look it had going on. It kind of reminded me of the big schools clocks from my childhood. ;)
BUT….I didn’t love the color.
So, as you can probably already imagine, I painted it!
Much better, right?
I think it took me all of 5 minutes.
I used some “Provence” Chalk Paint as a base and then “Duck Egg Blue” over that.
I used a dry brush for both colors and very lightly added paint.
You can see that the base color (dark gray) is still somewhat visible.
That’s the look I was going for.
Want to see a VIDEO on exactly how to dry brush? All the ins and outs, here >>> “How To Dry Brush – Video“
You can see the two blue colors here a bit better….. (darker and lighter)
Isn’t that blue pretty? I love it.
You can PIN it here for later….
This next little project was one that may be familiar to you. ;)
I am a shutter and weathered wood loving girl and there is surely no shortage of either on the blog here. (or in my home!)
But yep, that’s what this project involves.
And thankfully it was able to happen because my sweet husband knows how much I love a bargain…and a shutter. ;)
He found these in the clearance isle of Lowe’s or The Home Depot (I don’t remember now).
He paid around $20 for them.
Nothing special, just black plastic shutters.
I grabbed my trusty ole Coco Chalk Paint and started lightly brushing the paint on them.
I wasn’t too careful.
I actually wanted the black to show through. (You can see the black peeking through in the photos above)
If you’ve read my other “weathered wood” posts, you might remember that I sometimes use a bit of “Graphite” (black Chalk Paint).
So it was actually quite nice that these started out black and I didn’t have to.
Once they were dry, I went back over with a dry brush of White.
Left side undone, right side with the White. See the difference?
Isn’t that the neatest thing?
Old “weathered” shutters.
AND best of all, it maybe took me 10 minutes, if that!
A little close up so you can see the black peeking through and the 2 paint colors on top….
Doesn’t that look like old worn out, weathered wood?
You could even recreate this look by painting your base black. (if it didn’t start out black like these)
I’m so thrilled with how they turned out.
You can PIN this here so you’ll be able to “weather” up some wood (plastic) too! ;)
That’s it for today. OH!! Almost forgot the super exciting announcement! :)
I was asked (and am honored to be included!) by GMC to participate in the World’s Longest Yardsale.
Have you ever heard of it?? It goes from Michigan to Alabama, Aug 4-7.
I, along with my blogging buddy Christy (Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer, yay!!) and a few more bloggers are going to be driving GMCs, searching the yard sales….and decorating a home for a Habitat for Humanity family with our finds!! How great is that?
GMC is taking care of us the whole way!
I’m so excited to be a part of this experience and cannot wait.
Be sure to follow along with our adventures on >>> Instagram! I’m sure we will be sharing a bunch. :)
Plus, I’ll be back here on Thursday with something fun (and useful!) I created to store some of my favorite things.
Hope to see you then!