Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Guest Blogger: Home Decor Painting Tricks by I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar

I'm so happy to have Cheri from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar here with us today. I {Heart} her blog and actually got to meet her last month, so now I {heart} her as well. She is so happy and fun to chat with, not to mention extremely talented and has a B.E.A.U.T.F.U.L. home. You definitely need to add her blog to your reader list if you haven't already. You are going to love the tricks she shares with us today. Take it away Cheri!

Hi everyone! I'm Cheri from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar. I am having fun watching "Crafting with the Stars" just like all of you. Wasn't that first round pretty amazing? Lots of great work there! Way to go, ladies!

When Tam asked me to do a post/tutorial using paint, I thought it would be fun to show you some things you might not think to paint. Here are two examples.

Case #1: You fall in LOVE with this pillow from Ikea. It has the black, gray, and white you are using in your bedroom, but it doesn't have that mustard yellow you wanted to bring in as an accent. Bummer!

Solution? Paint some of it that mustard yellow. Get out a nice small paint brush and some acrylic paint and pick some of the shapes or lines to fill in. (Depending on the colors, it may take a few coats.)

Ta-dah! Now it looks like the pillow was made for this room, just like you wanted it to.

Case #2: You are searching for just the right rug that will bring all the colors together in your front room. You've found your dream rug, but it's $1800 and that's not in the budget. You see this really cute one at Target, but it doesn't have that main shade of dark blue that you're using all over the room.

Solution? Buy it and paint it. This rug has loops, so painting it will feel more like blotting on the paint with a brush rather than using brush strokes. Once again, pick a select area to alter and go for it. Pull back the loops you don't want to paint with your fingers as you go. If you need a specific color, you can get ANY color mixed as a sample for around $3. Or, you might have leftover paint from the walls you could use.

Can you tell which parts have been painted? No?

What if I give you a closer look?

It's the darker blue. You're probably wondering if it's going to feel a bit crusty. Well, if you rub the whole rug with your fingers you can feel a slight stiffness where the paint is, but I guarantee that you can't tell when walking on it with bare feet.

What else can be painted? Pretty much anything. My mom painted some floral-printed wing back chairs she had when she changed the decor of the room but didn't want to buy new chairs. Same method. She just changed some of the flowers' colors. I wish I had a picture of those for you, but they are long gone.

I've painted shoes, cardboard, and even undies. I once let my kids paint themselves. Yeah, I love paint. It can transform almost anything. So, take a look around. What is asking for a coat of paint?

Thanks for having me, Tam. All of you are welcome at my blog anytime.


  1. I am going to have to remember to think of paint as another alternative no matter what the item is. that is interesting.

  2. Great tips. Not sure I've painted a rug before. I wonder if adding textile medium before painting would completely soften the paint for the rug.

  3. Great idea! I actually have that rug as a runner in brown orange and red! Just found you through Michele at the Scrap Shoppe.
    erin @ Lucky Star Lane

  4. Thanks for showcasing Cheri, I love her blog! She has the greatest ideas.

  5. I'm a reader over at I am Momma - Hear me Roar. Love this idea - so versatile!

  6. Wow! Great idea! I never would have thought of that, but it could come in handy for so many projects. Thanks!

  7. This is so awesome! I would have never thought of that! I think I just said the same thing as the person before, but it's so true! You are so creative, Cheri!

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