Since I've been on this redecorating kick, nothing is safe! We had near-70-degree weather on Monday and Tuesday, which meant it was finally warm enough for spray painting! I'd been eyeing a shelf in my kitchen for a few days and figured that it was high time for a change.
The shelf is nothing fancy. It was constructed and put up by the previous homeowners and because I'm always short on display space that is out of reach of little hands, I left it up. It sits above the pantry in my kitchen and there's really not a whole lot of clearance between the shelf and the ceiling, so I am limited in what I can display. The shelf was just a sort of nondescript golden brown, a color I have in abundance in the kitchen because of my golden oak cabinets and honey-colored wood floors.
When we first moved in, I had a cute display of vintage red wooden-handled kitchen utensils, a green Pyrex bowl, and my grandma's old BHG red gingham cookbook. When I found my huge Jadeite score back in 2008, I decided to use the shelf to display some of the pieces in the collection.
I combined the Jadeite with some of my Ovenex starburst pans and posted about it here. (Ironically, I made that post on March 6, 2008--so almost exactly 4 years ago, as I am writing this on March 7, 2012!) And that is pretty exactly much how it has looked since then.
On Monday afternoon, I unloaded all of the Jadeite and gave it a good washing (even though it's not anywhere near the stove, it still had a layer of that greasy dirt that stuff in the kitchen seems to attract). I took the shelf outside and gave it a few coats of black glossy spray paint. Easy as pie!
When I put the shelf back up and loaded in my Jadeite, I decided to try it without the Ovenex pans. It looked too naked, but I remembered some of the red and white polka dot melamine plates in my cupboard and set a few of those up there instead. I love how it looks! I've always wanted to add more red to set off the Jadeite green but couldn't figure out how to do it before. I like how crisp the black shelf looks with the pale green and bright red. It was a fun, no-cost, simple change but it makes me so happy to look at it. Hooray for the power of spray paint!
Is there anywhere in your house where a bit of spray paint and little rearranging could make a big difference?