Thursday, April 14, 2011

.scratching the consumer-bug itch.

It's Spring! (At least that's what I'm told...hail/snow suggests otherwise) Spring means cleaning! Spring is fresh! Spring is flowers! Spring is forgetting about how much money you blew (and still owe) at Christmas! Spring is interior design magazines tempting you with their vibrant and fresh colour palettes! Spring is Ikea notifying you of their new spring and summer products! Spring is...still a time of year where I find myself wishing for non-essential material goods that I cannot afford. However, if you're like me, you probably have a few cans of spray paint laying around, or chances are you know someone who does have a few cans.

Repainting old crap to make it seem new again is nothing new, but it can fill that desire to "start anew" with shitty consumer products marketed at home decor junkies like myself. Spray paint is cheap and as I previously mentioned, you probably have access to a few cans, and if you don't, a can will only set you back a few bucks. In addition to having a few cans of paint already in your possession, you probably have old yard furniture, end tables, or any other number of surfaces/decorative items collecting dust in your house/rusting in your shed. If you don't have anything to give a face lift, a quick spin around your neighborhood on garbage day (especially in spring) is sure to yield some forlorn piece of furniture begging to be re-purposed.

I found two old plant stands left behind by a previous tenant at the side of my house and two cans of lime green all-purpose rust-proof spray paint in my cupboard. If you wanted to do things "right", you could start by sanding away any rush and giving your item a quick wipe. I'm lazy, and chose to spray my stands without the benefit of a scrub. I'm using my stands in the garden, so they don't need to be perfect. I hauled the stands out into the driveway, gave them each one, quick coat and let them dry. 30 minutes later, I had two, "brand-new" plant stands for my yard and my consumer bug completely squashed.