In the latest issue of House Beautiful is a feature titled Repaint, Refinish, Recover about the decorating adventures of Zim Loy, editor of Kansas City Spaces magazine. Loy is a plucky, roll-up-her-sleeves kind of gal, who says, “I find old things in horrible condition at estate sales, but I know that if the shape and size is right, I can paint it black or white and it will work for me.” Naturally, I applaud Loy’s approach but I really have to ask, why just black or white? Why not blue or yellow?
Yesterday I ducked into one of my favorite cheapo resources, Rotblott’s Discount Warehouse (443 Adelaide Street West, 416.703.0456) to grab paint supplies in anticipation of my apartment refresh. While I was there I spotted a shelf of Thrifty Spray Paint Enamel from Dynamic priced at just $3.99 per can: the sales guy said it was a perfectly good product, especially for the price, so I grabbed a couple of cans, one in blue and one in bright yellow for a pair of flea market tables that were leftover from a client project. It was always my intention to update them in zingy modern colours and this morning I finally got around to it. Ultimately, I intend to display the blue lamp on the yellow table but the sunny hue didn’t cover especially well so I’ll be back at Rotblott’s this week for another can and then I’ll let you see how that one turned out.
The blue covered beautifully with no priming, just a thorough cleaning. There’s a lot of blue in the rug and I’ve decided to make that my new secondary accent colour along with the yellow MCM daybed. The newly sprayed table looks especially good at night, darker, less electric.
The place is coming along and I hope to be in a position to show you more of it in the next week or two. (PS, the lampshade is a donation from a friend, I haven’t gotten around to that yet, either.)