Decorative metal sphere makeover

Right now I’m on the hunt for fun items to fill the built-in shelves in our living room. I will also be changing the background color (TBD) because I absolutely cannot stand the horrible shade of blue that is currently in there. The Life Jolie

One of the items that I came across on a rather successful trip to Marshalls was this decorative metal sphere. I liked it, but I was thinking that gold may match the overall feel that I’m going for in the room. Luckily, that’s nothing that a little spray paint won’t fix. And I just-so-happened to find the perfect shade of gold spray paint to give it a more vintage feel.

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If you know me, you probably know that my spray painting experience is limited at best. Still, it can’t be that hard, right? My research indicated that several thin coats is the way to go.  So I began.

Here’s how it looked after a single of coat:

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Here’s how it looked after a few coats:

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And of course the finished product in it’s new home (disregard the horrible blue background):

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Ultimately it took a total of four coats because I had to turn it as well to accommodate the spherical shape, so it was really only two on each side. But at the end of the day, I’m quite happy with how it turned out. 

Now what should I do about the of the shelves? Paint? Wallpaper?

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    February 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm This looks really nice with the gold paint! :) I'm jealous of your built-ins...we don't have the space for them in our home currently. Yours look great! Please consider linking up your blog posts at the Home Matters Party this weekend - we'd love to have you! The door opens Fridays at 12 am. (LInk goes live at midnight)
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      February 20, 2015 at 9:50 am Thank you- I used to be all silver, all the time but lately I've been getting into the gold. Our house is pretty small but we really needed more storage and the Billy Bookcases from Ikea were and almost perfect fit. I think my husband hated that project (hence why we never added the crown molding to them) but we're both really happy with how they turned out! Thank you for stopping by, I'll check out the link up!
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    February 20, 2015 at 8:31 am I made one of these for my shelves out of embroidery hoops, but I love your real metal one! I'm jealous! Found you on All Things Thursday Link up! Thanks for sharing!
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      February 20, 2015 at 9:45 am That's awesome that you made one- I've had very bad luck with embroidery hoops; many, many botched projects! Thanks for stopping by!
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    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    February 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm So pretty! I do love a good can of spray paint - the possibilities are endless! Thanks so much for joining us over at the #HomeMattersParty - be sure to send your blogging friends our way! And we hope to see YOU again next week!
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      February 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm Thank you and I completely agree. I wish I was could shake the hand of the creator of spray paint- that person is a genius! I'll be sure to pop over- thank you for stopping by :)
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    Sarah J
    February 23, 2015 at 11:24 am Popping over from Monday Madness =) super cute. I'm getting into gold lately and this was right up my alley. Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 11pm EST to Fri 11pm EST, 4 more days left on Link Up 17!) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don't already!
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      February 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm I've been into gold as well, which I used to be lukewarm about. Odd how our tastes change. Thanks for stopping by, I'll definitely check out your link party!
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    Cydnee Knoth
    February 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm Great fun idea! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee
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      February 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm Thank you- I'll look forward to being there :)
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    Diana Rambles
    February 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm I love it!!
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      February 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm Thank you :)
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    Jann Olson
    February 25, 2015 at 12:24 am This is a fun piece and can be used in so many vignettes! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. hugs, Jann
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      February 25, 2015 at 10:23 am Thank you! I'm stuck now because there are a few places I want to put it and I can't decide.
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    Jenny @ Women With Intention
    February 25, 2015 at 8:43 am I love this project! :) So pretty! Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I look forward to what you’ll be sharing this week!
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      February 25, 2015 at 9:50 am Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by- I also enjoy linking each week and checking out all the great content that people link.
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    Theresa @DearCreatives
    February 26, 2015 at 4:08 pm Love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing at the party! Hope to see you again this week. Shared….
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      February 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm Thank you so much- I definitely will!

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