Honey and the Moon {Guest Post}

Yesterday my wonderful father-in-law and brother-in-law drove 900+ miles to help us repair our fence in the backyard.  Therefore I figured we better assist in helping and have the wonderful Carly from the blog Honey and the Moon guest posting.  If you aren't familiar with her blog, she is doing a master bedroom makeover and is taking us step by step through that journey.  It is a wonderful blog, and she is an amazing person.  I hope you'll take a moment to read about a project she's just completed as well as stop by her blog.  Enjoy!

Hi y'all, I'm Carly! I blog over at Honey and the Moon and I am so happy to be here guest posting for the fabulous Kendra today.

I just recently met Kendra through some mutual blogs that we both read. We quickly found out that we're both Texas girls {me being native, her being a "transplant"} and that we actually live pretty close to each other. Kendra is as sweet as she seems on her blog and since we're both on non-existent house budgets, I love seeing how she keeps her projects affordable.

I'm currently a full-time student, a wife, and a momma to two sweet puppies. My husband and I live about 30 minutes from Dallas and 30 minutes from Ft. Worth, it really is a great place to be. I love coffee, organizing, and doing things in the cheapest thriftiest way possible...which brings me to the project that I'll be telling you about today. 

Before I get to the project details, you should probably see my master bedroom inspiration photo first:

You see those little knick-knacks on the side table? I wanted something similar, but I wasn't interesting in spending too much money on anything. Naturally, I started looking for things in my home that I could give a good coat of spray paint and put at my bedside. 

My mother-in-law gave me these little Christmas red birds this year when she was getting rid of some extra Christmas decor, and I thought they'd be just perfect with a coat of paint.

So I bought a can of paint, in my favorite brand...

Seriously, I swear by this brand.

Gave the birds a coat of paint...

And totally ignored that whole rule about waiting enough time in-between coats...

I guess I never learned that I should just follow directions the first time, so I had to do a little bit of light sanding to fix some of the imperfections. I just used a 180 fine grit sandpaper, being really careful not to take too much paint off.

I gave the birds another coat of the metallic paint, and {maybe} waited the suggested amount of time before whipping this stuff out for a finishing coat. Kendra recommended it to me after using it on a project, and I really loved it. It gave everything a very finished look.

 Warning: this stuff smells STRONG. I'd definitely recommend doing it outside if possible

My last step was to find a place for my birds. I knew that one was going by my bedside, but wasn't all too sure if the other would go on my hubby's side or not. In his words..."he doesn't like a lot of 'junk' on his nightstand." So, I'm still trying to find a place for my other little guy.

On my nightstand
Sorry about the poor lighting. Still gotta achieve that 2011 goal of figuring this camera out. 

Project Cost Breakdown:
Krylon Metallic Silver spray paint - $3.75
Krylon Clear Gloss spray paint - $3.75
180 grit sandpaper - $2.50 {I bought extra for a future project}
Ceramic birds - free
Total: $10.00

Overall, I'm really happy with the way that they turned out. The spray paint didn't give quite the metallic look that I was hoping for, but I'd read that from several other bloggers as well. Maybe I'll change them someday {I've thought about trying to silver leaf them}, but for now I'm really satisfied. I'm always so amazed at what a huge change a can of spray paint can make.  

Thank you for reading and thanks again to Kendra for letting me guest blog over here today! I hope all of you stop by my blog sometime and say hi...I'd love to meet you.

Love to all. x



  1. I will admit... When I first started spray-painting stuff [everything] I failed to read the directions and went straight to spraying. A few projects later and I think I have it down now pretty good.

    Love the birds and they look great in that metallic color! :)

  2. Great project. Thanks for sharing!

  3. So fun! I love how they turned out (: Love you both!


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