Accessory Facelifts {part 1- green}

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I recently showed you how I brought new life to my living room with some paint and a little creativity.  Now I'm going to show you how I painted some of my accessories on my shelves!

I'm so happy with how this project turned out because not only was I able to save money by not buying new accessories, but also I got to save a lot of the pottery that I made when I majored in art in college.  I loved the shapes of the pots I made but the colors just weren't working in my house... but now they are workin' it!

I started by laying out all the accessories I wanted to paint on an old tarp.

For these topairies that couldn't be removed from the planters, I covered the top with garbage bags that I taped around the tops of the planters.

Then I got to spraying!  (Don't worry I used a crazy huge respirator mask since I am pregnant).  I sprayed the pottery with green and aqua paint and the painted the frames mainly chocolate brown.

I didn't want the paint to just be solid so I used some acrylic paint to jazz them up a bit.  For the green pieces, I used a big natural-bristle brush to stipple a lighter green on the edges and the parts that stuck out the most.

They looked like this:

The I dry- brushed some dark brown paint on the lower areas and edges.

I let the paint dry and then sprayed them with a clear coat (I used Minwax Polycrylic in Satin finish).

The greenery in the topiary was looking a little dull too so I actually ended up lightly spray-painting some of the foliage with the light green I painted the pots.

Here's how they turned out (these are some of the pots that I made myself):

They all look perfect on our newly-painted built-ins!

Be sure to check out part 2 of my "Accessory Facelifts" on Monday, where I show you how I re-decorated these turquoise accessories AND I WILL BE HOSTING A GIVEAWAY OF MARTHA STEWART PLAID PRODUCTS!!!  WOOHOO!!!


Also, don't forget to stop by my "May House Par-tay" where you can show off what you have done to your house and get a peek into other people's houses too!!

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  1. Great ideas and tips for the “browned” edges. Love both the greens and blues!

  2. Hi Kate, cute baby. I’m Connie at, a new LF friend. I would love it if you stop by and my mine, too.
    Hey, that’s a great idea. They all look fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I really love how these turned out! Green is my favorite!

  4. jeanine mcdonald says:

    They are gorgeous! Great job! I love the green.

I would love to hear what you have to say!