Are you a VISIONARY?
Even though you may not be at this moment,
you can BECOME a visionary.
Why should you develop your inner VISIONARY?
- You will save a LOT of money.
- You will live a more "green" lifestyle.
- You will live "beyond" your means*.
- You will enjoy a great sense of accomplishment.
- You can be a visionary for less than $4.(the price of a can of spray paint)Last week, we looked beyond the GRIME,which is the easiest and cheapestfix of all. It is at times, disgusting.Click HERE to see Are You a Visionary - 1.
The Life of a Visionary:
*You will buy items made of fine wood, metal,
stone and other natural materials...
...instead of chip wood, fiberboard, plastic, resin
and other synthetic materials that won't last.
You will see beyond the scratches and scuffs.
You will live in a unique, one-of-a-kind,
creative and totally YOU environment.
You will see beyond out-dated finishes.
When you find interesting items
in colors that don't match your style...
...you will visualize how to make them work.
You will transform mis-matched items into a matching set.
You will create a harmonious, unified environment.
Color is a great way to create harmony
and unity between unrelated items.
They can be painted the same color...
...or they can be painted in a palette that
works - brights, pastels or neutrals.
Very often, great items are hiding in plain sight,
waiting for a visionary to find them and renew them.
Here are some items I'll be working on this weekend:
A dated vintage plaster owl...
A couple of mid-century vintage metal frames
(one has already been painted)
A metal, wood and marble pedestal bowl...
A funky 60's style metal tray with brass handles...
P.S. Here is the plaster face above BEFORE a coat of flat latex
and a wash of dark gray watered-down craft paint:
Tips for Revising With Paint:
What can be painted:
Items that can be painted easily include:
Today, there is special paint for even plastic items.
Annie Sloan Chalk paint sticks to most finishes.
What to watch out for:
Painting latex - water based paint over an existing oil finish.
While you can paint a coat of paint, you might think you are ok, but It won't stick, and will peel off like bubble gum - on the SECOND coat.
How to Begin:
Thoroughly clean anything before painting it.
Even if an item appears clean, dust, oils
from fingertips, and other microscopic things
can interfere with how a paint adheres to an object.
Most times, a clean rag and a little dish detergent is sufficient to clean an item. Occasionally, sanding or de-greasing is in order. Never fear - if you begin painting and have problems with adhesion - sand and clean again.
Is Priming Necessary?
Well, no, but it is a good idea.
Primer will act as a bonding agent between the paint and the old finish. It will also cut down on the amount of paint needed, which saves money in the long run. It makes an even finish on which to apply the new color - and can save extra coats of color and lots of frustration.
You might want to paint COMPONENTS of an item, and leave some of them natural (like the marble, wood and metal pedestal bowl above.) Just look for screws to take an item apart. (Tips: take a photo of the piece before you disassemble it to see how it goes back together. Put all screws and fasteners into a ziploc bag and label it.)
Whether you spray or brush a couple of coats of paint on an item, PAINT is the second cheapest way to revise.
your own unique and stylish home
for very little cash. Be green and save green.
Look beyond the surface.
See an item as it MIGHT be.
You ARE a visionary!
Word for the Day:
"And it shall come to pass afterward
"And it shall come to pass afterward
that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
your young men shall see visions;
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