Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: A rusty vent no longer...

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A rusty vent no longer...

I have a secret to admit... I have never spray painted anything, never, ever!!!  Isn't that like against the bloggy world rules?  Hasn't everyone spray painted some piece of junk turning it into a fine hand-painted work of art?  Not me.  I have featured a spray painted fireplace here on my blog but I fully admitted in the post that my sweet hubs did the dirty work (spray painting). 

I've been reading all these great blog posts about spray painting your trash to treasure so I just had to try it for myself.  I thought I'd start with something that would go unnoticed if I did a bad job.  I decided to do this totally completely gross vent that is in my powder room.  I'm embarassed to even show it...  it was gross when when we moved in a few months ago.  We put in bamboo flooring when we moved in and I have had absolutely NO luck finding a wood vent this little size to fit in it's place.  Having one custom made is not part of my chic on a shoestring budget (crazy expensive!).  So, spray paint it is.

Ewwww... look how scratched and rusty it is, I have no idea what happened to it, all I know is it's GROSS!

I got this pretty bronze color that is actually too pretty for a floor vent but it will go well with the floor.

Before I sprayed this gross vent I should have sanded it a bit because of the scratches and rust but, I didn't.  I knew I should've, just didn't bother because it's on the bathroom floor in a dark corner where it won't be seen very much.  I sprayed it on a very windy day which wasn't the best environment for spray painting, I had to get the can too close which caused a little bit of running.  I also had to spray through the vents to get the insides of it which caused a little bit of gloppy-ness. Despite my inexperience, the scratchy rusty vent, and windy weather conditions it turned out ok.

Don't mind the fancy painters tape, I have another project going on to share...

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  1. Good for you It tuned out great!!
    can't wait to see your next project!!

  2. In spite of the wind and all the other odds stacked against you, it looks really good! I'm not sure I would have thought to use the bronze, but it looks really good. Nice color choice.

  3. I like how it turned out! I recently just started the spray painting experiments and I have to warn you about how addictive it is! I now want to spray paint evereything I can find! Hubby thinks I'm crazy : )

  4. Practice makes perfect! That's not bad for your first experience and you'll only get better with time. Good for you brave painter.:)

  5. I think that your vent turned out well, despite all those obstacles! xx

  6. It looks great! I think I need to do that to all my vents. :o)

  7. This is a great idea! We're trying to get rid of all the brass in our home and your fireplace project is on hubby's to-do list. I also wanted to update our 15 yr old brass vents, but didn't want to spend a ton! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Just found your blog via One Pretty Thing. Love the fireplace makeover! We are in the process of making over our fireplace, too. However, it is currently covered in a hideous 1980s tile with NO mantel (what were they thinking??) so it is a complete remodel. But, just like you, we're going to spray paint the yucky brass. Thanks for the great pictures, you are inspiring! :)

  9. Oh the joys of spray paint! ...and I bet you're hooked already! It looks just fine! I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same!

  10. Spray paint is my friend~! It looks like it is your friend too! Love it!


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