So, years and years ago, before I was even thinking of getting my own home, my family was gifted this lovely plaque for Christmas. I know it was one of those many decor items that people love for a few minutes then give to the charity shops, it was then bought and given to us. I really liked the saying, don't get me wrong, but the color - well, let's say it matched someone else's decor, not mine. So, after years of having it, and actually a year of it hanging in my own home, I decided it was time for a makeover.
Let's get in here nice and close at look at it. With all that exposed wood, looking really shabby, just how some people (not me) like it.
Step 1: Take it off. I didn't want the center part to get paint on it, and let's face it, I am not that exact of a painter. So, I protected it. Taping is the most important part of that. I know you might be thinking surely there is some other way, but unless you have a good tape job, it will still bleed. So, work carefully and take your time here.
Step 2: Paint. Yep, just jump on it there. I decided to go with *surprise* black. And oh my gosh what a major improvement it made. I was in LOVE with this. The black worked so much better with the gray text than the red ever did. And to have the solid color instead of the raw wood showing through, it just made my day. It looked even better after a second coat.
Step 3-ish: Take off the tape. Now, I know I said you need to make sure and perfect the tape, but let's be honest, that didn't happen. However, I like to error on the side of putting tape where it shouldn't be, so I had to take a very steady hand and fix up a bit of areas I didn't paint completely. But look at how great it is looking!
Let's get in a little closer.... I wasn't ever really a fan of the detail around the frame part, but gosh, with it black instead of natural, I love it now. Still wouldn't have designed it that way, but it does add interest to the piece.
Here it is, all done, ready to be hung on the wall. We have it in our dining room. I have a little space that you can only see from the living room, although it is open concept, and it lives up there with the other fun artwork. I am so glad that I fixed this up and am actually proud to own it now.
If you ever find something at the thrift store and are unsure about its potential to fit in the color scheme of your home, just remember, a little bit of paint and some time and you can have an amazing piece to fit perfectly your style.
For those of you who would like to buy a piece of art for your home, I have created a few Christ is the center of out home art prints over at Society6.