Spray paint pizazz get’s pretty pizazzy around here. Everything get’s a spray down of either red, green or I have this new thing for teal. This patio furniture needed a boost….And what’s not to love about a scary monkey with miniature cymbals! :)
The patio pizazz before and after! Furniture was coated with a semi transparent stain made for outdoor patio furniture and decking. It’s nice but was time for a re coat and brown didn’t make the cut.
I have a spray paint technique I’m crazy about lately. I get 3 similar spray paint colors. This time it’s red. I use rustoleum 2x coat apple red and colony red and Krylon burgundy.
I like the look of the wood grain peeking through so I spray an even light coat of the colony red and let it cover however it covers. You’ll see the sporadic coverage in the pix. Thats due to less or more of the previous finish on the wood. In this case, I like the look. If I didn’t I’d spray a coat of primer on first…but I’m happy with it as is.
Next I go over lightly with an uneven coat of the apple red being sure not to entirely cover the colony red.
Finish with a very light highlight of burgundy. I don’t let it dry in between, I just go for it.
Using 3 spray paint colors adds movement and depth to the color. The pix don’t capture it super well but you see it if you look closely. I know paint won’t hold up as long as the semi transparent stain but spray paint is a different animal with unusual staying power and makes for easy touch ups. I tested it out on an old bench a few months ago and so far it’s holding up great. I’ll post update on here if anything changes.
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This Free People inspired DIY sweater has made it on California Pixie 3 times! A makeover that just keeps going. Last week, while watching the opening ceremony of the Sochi olympics, I grabbed a ball of yarn and a crochet hook and went at it again. I don’t just sit, I have to be doing something. It’s the sweater that won’t stop! I saw a Free People sweater on a friend that inspired this makeover. But something about the previous versions bugged. I know it bugged cuz I never wore the sweater. Some of you even have offered to buy it off me. Well…it’s def not for sale anymore. It’s DIY done and I love it!
I cut it shorter and finished the edge with a crochet stitch.
You’ll see when you look at the other posts how I performed this DIY surgery. The hardest part is the beginning. The part where you take scissors and cut a pullover sweater in half! That’s the make or break…the rest is fun and experimental. Try it!
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Be mine! I’m sending out a big THANK YOU on this day o love! I’m a vintage loving color junkie and evidently, I’m not alone! Hundreds of you stop by daily to see what’s at the end of my lens. I love it! I’m glad so many of you dig this space and I love seeing your comments come in from all over the world. The web is pretty awesome! Thank you all for 2 years of California Pixie fun!
Happy Valentines Day!!
Come on get happy! Wave it like you just don’t care!!
What if you started each day by taking 2 minutes to list all the things you’re grateful for. Anything, big or small, no judgement, just put it out there. I started watching Grey’s Anatomy last week. I know. My friend said, “Wow, kimi, welcome to 10 years ago!” Ha! Well, anyway, I’m completely sucked in. And part of being completely sucked in is that I’m seeing this overload of medical stuff and now when I feel an ache or pain I think I might have any number of things from the last episode! Funny how we hear about the bad. The news where this happened and can you believe that happened. We get a little programmed to think things are falling apart. Why not program ourselves to have the opposite effect? Maybe there really is a happy secret.
My ashtanga yoga teacher challenged each of her students to take on a year of daily grateful meditation. Take at least 2 minutes a day to acknowledge all the things in your life. Train the brain in positivity. In this TED talk (below), Shawn Achor quickly explains the theory in hilarious terms. Do it with me! I just started this week. We can use Valentines day as our year marker. Who’s in?
Shawn Achor. The happy secret to better work. TED talk.
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Someone left a comment asking to see more of my mid century kitchen. Here it is…the room where it all happens. There’s the area of the kitchen with the stove and oven then there’s this part. I’ll have 40 people in this house and find them all squished into this little space. A ton of laughs have been exchanged here. This really is true love!
One day Jay and I walked into my favorite junk shop and saw this white mid century sofa. A beauty, straight out of the 50s, this corner sectional was still clean and fresh. This little lady must have been parked in a formal sitting room where, lucky for me, it didn’t get much action. I have the perfect spot for it…don’t ya think? Funny, in this house the kitchen couch get’s all the love.
I do all my cooking with the same stove top and oven they had on The Beverly Hillbillies. I can picture a big fat new 6 burner dual range in it’s place but I can’t give up on my old mid century charmer!
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Ok, all my little color junkies! I know I’m not alone, hundreds of you stop by California Pixie each day to see what’s at the end of my lens. Today’s combo started when I sliced open oranges for a morning juice. Look at those sweet babies….gorgeous! Thanks for checking in…Fun to be back and LOVE reading all of your comments!
Those are Cara Cara and blood oranges up there in the top pix. Gorgeous, huh? The artwork in the 3rd pic is one of my favorite things. One of my kids is slightly color blind and because of it, his artwork is full of the coolest most unexpected colors. That picture hangs in this room. See ya! k.
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I’ve tucked away vintage clothing finds for years. I pulled this vintage 1940s asian inspired dress out of the pile to wear for the Lunchtime Rockshow fundraiser I helped with in january. I love lots of color, especially up on stage. I almost passed on this brown beauty thinking it a bit drab. Paired with bright red tights I had a perfect show dress. It survived the whirl of my crazy arms! Enjoy the pix!
In case you were curious about the show we did, Moonpools and Caterpillars put on the Lunchtime Rockshow in January 2014 at the Whiskey in Hollywood to raise funds for typhoon relief in the Philippines. We raised over $21,000 through show tickets and tshirt sales that went out all over the world. The outpouring of giving blew us away! People are so generous! In some of the worst hit areas of the Philippines, almost EVERY roof was blown off by the up to 200 mile an hour winds. Funds are still needed, especially to provide roofs. No amount is too small, but do be mindful of where you donate. Not all charities are created equal. We chose LDS Humanitarian Aid as 100% of all donations go directly to the cause.