Spray Paint Baby, One More Time

A few weeks ago, I shared my upgrade of an ugly patio set into something lovely and cheerful with a can of spray paint.  Well, after I finished that project, I had just the tiniest bit of Exotic Sea paint left in the can and a plan to upgrade something else in our house.  With this (from ModCloth) as my inspiration, I crossed my fingers that I wouldn’t run out of paint mid-project (again):

I already owned the clock to be transformed:  a wedding shower gift that we hung in our first apartment but just couldn’t find the right place for in our new home (and color scheme).

The first step was to disassemble the clock, which wasn’t as simple as I expected it to be.  In case you have a clock similar to this one, you should know that the hands of the clock will come apart from the clock mechanism – so don’t freak out when they do.  They’ll go back together when you’re done.

Since the surface I wanted to paint was smooth, I decided to lightly sand it with fine grit sandpaper to help the spray paint adhere a little better.  I don’t think this is necessary, and I’m not even sure if it did anything, but it was a just-in-case measure that only took about 30 seconds.  The scratched-up surface is completely concealed by the glossy painted finish on the final product, in case you’re wondering.

After that, I set up my spray painting station.  That is, I laid a piece of newspaper on top of a pile of rocks that acted as a little pedestal for my clock, so I could get all around the sides without having to lie on the ground.  Here she is after about 1.5 coats:

As in my inspiration image, I wanted the hands of the clock to match the outside, so I taped them to another piece of newspaper and sprayed them that cheerful turquoise color as well.

It took literally every drop of paint from that can, but I somehow had just enough to finish my project.  I celebrated my victory, and then waited about a day for everything to dry and harden completely before reassembling it and enjoying my final product, which I think is a pretty good copycat of the spendier ModCloth version.

And here she is playing nicely with our melted crayon art in the living room:

Total money spent:  $0

Total time spent:  30 minutes (plus drying time)


I Had a Dream…

Well, actually, I still have the dream.  It’s the awake-and-thinking-about-it-all-day kind of dream.  Not the kind where halfway through breakfast you realize you spent the nighttime hours married to an orange (okay, even my sleeping dreams aren’t that weird…).  My dream is to have a simple life.

It’s not that I want to avoid having so many friends that I have to choose which Christmas party to attend or that I don’t want to raise children – because I’m pretty sure that’ll be far from simple – but I believe that life, as hectic and difficult as it is sometimes, really should be simple.  Or at least simplified.

I want to get back to the basics.  Making my own clothes.  Growing my own garden.  Baking my own bread.  Using what I have for what I need; repurposing, multitasking, creating.

I realize that these things probably don’t sound simple to you.  They don’t to me, either (hence the name of the blog).  I mean, since when is baking bread simpler than going out and buying a loaf?  So, to clarify, I’m talking about three things:  being satisfied with what you have, limiting your possessions to those you truly need, and becoming self-sufficient.

I’ll be honest here:  I’m not going to succeed.  I don’t even have my own garden yet, let alone the means to become fully self-sufficient, and baking bread actually makes me a little nervous.  But I’ll try, and I’ll chronicle my adventures (and misadventures) of living simply with the hope of inspiring others to join me in the challenge.