I went through a phase a couple of years ago where I bought cheap, metal costume jewelry.
You know what I am talking about, $3.99 at Forever 21 or two for $8 at Charlotte Russe.
Thus I have quite a few pairs of earrings that are now tarnished and un-wearable.
Last fall we had our family pictures taken by my fabulously talented friend Valerie Henderson (you can find her on fb here and see her website here. She is an amazing photographer and has been a huge inspiration to me. I will write more about that in another post). I knew the importance of wearing bright colors and incorporating fun accessories to really make your portraits "pop".
I started planning several weeks ahead what we were all going to wear. I knew I wanted to wear a pink top and turquoise earrings (I love pink and turquoise together which is obvious by the colors I chose for my new photography logo). Well living in Oklahoma, finding bright, vibrant colors in clothing and accessories is not always the easiest thing to do (especially on a SAHM budget).
I searched and searched for turquoise "costume jewelry" style earrings. I thought to myself, if I could just find a pair in my favorite spray paint color "lagoon". Then a light bulb went off. What do I do when I want something a certain color for my house? I spray paint it. So why not do that to a pair of my old earrings?
It's not rocket science but one of those "why didn't I think of this earlier" projects.
They are now my very favorite pair of earrings. I took something old (that I probably should have thrown away long ago) and made it new again.
So here we are entering spring. A time when all I want to wear are bright, bold colors.
I really want a pair of purple and yellow earrings. Purple is another color I love to wear and you gotta love wearing yellow!
I dug through my jewelry box and found two pairs of old earrings that I again found myself asking "why in the heck have I not thrown these away?" But now I am so glad I didn't!
I had Krylon Rich Plum and Valspar Bumblebee, left over from a previous project.
1. I covered the hooks in painter's tape ( or you can use masking tape).
2. I hung them from a wire hanger that I then hung from a cardboard box.
3. I sprayed a thin layer of primer on each side (I love Kilz. DO NOT skip this step. The paint will just chip off). I let the primer dry for 30 minutes.
4. I sprayed each side of the earring with the color of my choice. I then let them dry
for a couple of hours.
VOILA I now have two new pairs of earrings for Spring!