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Rust-olem Hammered! January 12, 2010

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I needed to tackle them. 
My very plain switch plate & plug covers. 
You know the ones I speak of, the super cheap-white-plastic ones.  The kind you can buy in bulk at Home Depot or Loews.

I started with this:

rustoleum black hammered

and of course these

switchplate covers




So after two light coats of spray paint I now have these.  You can really see the texture of the hammered spray paint in the picture below!  (see how crooked it is though, hubby will have to get behind there and make that part better.)




A few tips:

– keep the screws in the holes, and paint them at the same time as the covers

– do two light coats.  The hammered paint looks holey after the first coat

– once you hang them back up, you may have to touch up the screws a little.   I just sprayed a    little paint on a paper plate and touched up the scratches.  (you can see in the pic above where I did this, you cant see it with the naked eye)

Project Summary:

Hammered Spray Paint: $6.99

Wall plates: vary … some under $1


Monogrammed Tray January 6, 2010

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It all stared when we bought this:



Target: $79.99

We were going to use it in our new family room as a ottoman/coffee table.  The problem was we were not going to be able to sit drinks on it.  I decided we would need a tray.  After doing a little shopping I could not find one that screamed “buy me” especially when most were wearing $20+ price tags.


At a trip to Joann Fabric I found this:

Joann: $6.99

My Plan:  stain the surface and paint the frame black.



After my coat of stain I discovered a slight problem.  Look at the picture below, do you see it?  See the yucky yellow stuff around the edges?  I know, I am SHOCKED that my $7 tray was not perfectly made.  So, the yucky glue would not hold stain.  Plan change!  I am going to add a border to the tray to cover the faulty construction.



After two coats of black paint:


I decide it needed a little something … so decided to add a little monogram action:


Kind of reminds me of L from Laverne and Shirley, but I am ok with it.  I like it, and look how good it looks on the ottoman.



Project Summary:

Tray: $6.99

Black paint: $.99

Stain: left over from another project