Sunday, August 15, 2010

DIY Napkin Rings and Chargers

I haven’t joined Metamorphosis Monday in a while for several reasons. First, as you know, I was born without the craft gene :). Secondly, decorating projects at my house are on summer hiatus. However, I couldn’t resist a little spray painting project. Spray paint seems to calm me the way classical music does other people.

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Back in the fall, I let a friend bring some items to my house during a neighborhood garage sale. She didn’t sell these old brass chargers even at $1 each. Being the gracious hostess that I am, I offered to give them a new home. HOWEVER, I am over brass for now. Like many of you, I suspect, I have a closet full of Baldwin brass candlesticks (don’t worry, I’m keeping those. They’ll be the hot “new” accessory again one day :) . These chargers, however, had seen better days. They had redeeming qualities however. I loved the shell design on the edges. They deserve a little white spray paint!

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Bar Keepers Friend has been my friend for many years. It works wonders on brass and stainless steel without a lot of elbow grease. After a quick cleaning the chargers looked good enough to deserve a home in the dish closet….almost.

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While I was mulling over the charger situation, I ran across the these napkin rings in a drawer. They came with a set of inexpensive stainless I bought for one the kid’s college apartments. They lack personality and had been forgotten.

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Key lime paint to the rescue! Now these little napkin rings have lots of personality! They need another coat of paint. As soon as the temperature dips below 100, I’ll go back outside and paint them :)

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I think these napkin rings and chargers have a whole new life expectancy now! Come back on Thursday for a tablescape debut! I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday. You can join the fun and find wonderful ideas here. And since I finally can boast of a garage sale treasure I am linking to Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. You can find her here!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to say hello. I’d love to hear from you!~~Susan

35 comments:

  1. Great changes. How did the brass go to a grey??

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  2. great job! I'm lacking the craft gene myself...I can do anything that's simple, quick 'n easy though :-)

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  3. Nice makeover! One question, did the Barkeepers Friend rub off the brass finish? They look silver or is that just the lighting in the photo?

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  4. Wow, I wish I could think of stuff like that, they look great!

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  5. Oh la la! Loving the white chargers and green napkin rings. Very clever.

    - The Tablescaper

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  6. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them. Years ago, I had a ton of brass and decided to do a massive clean out - Should have used spray paint! You are braver than I am getting out in this heat. I have a couple of spray paint projects, but they will just have wait til it cools down some.
    Have a great week!

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  7. Wow! You did good! The chargers are gorgeous and I love the wild green on those napkin rings!! Move over craftiness - here you come!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  8. Hi Susan
    Your chargers look so good! I have never tried that cleaner and thank you for the suggestion.
    GREAT colour for the napkin rings. They are like new lovely items...great craft ideas.

    It was so nice to have you visit...hope you'll come back again often..
    Judi

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  9. I meant to tell you that I love that little Jessie of yours...adorable...
    Judi

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The original print in her bedroom at home was from the High Museum giftshop--it's poster size.

    http://museumshop.high.org//Shopping/ProductInfo.aspx?ProductID=12031

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  11. oh soo pretty! I love brass and any thing with a slight glow.I must have been a crow in my past life.

    the napkins rings are lovely..given a new lease of life. And in my favourite colour too :)

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  12. Super cute! I love chargers, and the napkin rings are fab!

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  13. That worked out great Susan!
    I just love the colors you chose and now they look so new again!
    HAGD,
    Cindy

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  14. My first time to comment, but I love your blog. You share beautiful things and beautiful ideas. Thanks!! ZoAnn

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  15. Love it! I repainted some napkin rings recently and you are right it brings a whole new life to them. I love that kiwi green, fantastic choice!

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  16. I have intentions of being crafty, but seem to run out of time. The chargers look great. xx

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  17. Good Morning my Dear friend...girl I have some of those chargers and now I need to paint them out how fun is this...love this idea Thanks...Hope your having a GREAT day my friend..Thanks for coming by...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  18. whoa, SWEET. i truly love the transformations :)

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  19. Hi Susan, good to "see" you. Long time. Big improvement on those napkin rings especially. Wish you made house calls. My clever gene is missing. Jane F.

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  20. I try to be crafty, but it doesn't always work out the way it is supposed to. I am also learning that even I can spray paint things. Love that lime green!

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  21. Thank you for a great idea. I have several brass chargers that need some help. Never though about spray painting them!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  22. Love the transformation, Susan. You picked a good color. Yes, the plants inside the terrarium are daffodils, 3 pots of them but they are faux...Christine

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  23. The sea shell chargers are darling! I like the lime green color you chose for the napkin rings too.

    Nancy

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  24. Wow, can't wait to see the finished product in your tablescape. Love those chargers!!!!

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  25. OH! I would have bought those chargers in a minute! I LOVE the shell design on them! Great idea to paint them!

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  26. Great idea! I have brass chargers, a set of 12, so no way they are getting painted! But if someone gave me some, I would do it!
    Can't wait to see your scape!

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  27. What a nice change -- love the colors!

    L.

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  28. Hi Susan,

    I think that you are so talented and what you have done here is wonderful. I love the new look.

    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  29. Very pretty colors to use. I would have gotten stuck on the fact that they are brass and just done away with them. I'll have to remember this.

    Thanks for coming over to visit :)

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  30. Hi Susan! What a great idea! I love the chargers in white! And what a great pop of color with the napkin rings! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  31. Susan, that is really clever, they just look awesome! Humm, you have inspired me, I love to spray paint!!

    Nancy

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  32. Well, aren't you just clever? Those look fabulous! Those chargers are much prettier in white! Did you go out into the over 100 degree temps to spray paint? laurie

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  33. I've got a few brass things that are relegated to the garage sale box. Maybe I should give them a second look :-)

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