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Painting Black Furniture White

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After graduating from college and moving into my first house on my own, I went through this really reckless phase of life where I decorated by spray painting all of my furniture black. It was a dark period. (Har har.)

There is no excuse for this behavior. I can chalk it up only to inexperience and cheap, readily available black spray paint at Walmart. The irresponsible spray paint industry should assume some responsibility for this, don’t you think?

Over the years I have slowly discarded of my old spray painted masterpieces. But even after coming to my senses with the whole DIY black spray paint thing, I continued to buy black furniture so it would match the ugly things I already had. Ugly black furniture begets ugly black furniture.

That’s what led me to purchase this innocent little black bedside table.

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DIY: Turn Ugly Art into a Statement Piece

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My mom got me a subscription to HGTV magazine last year and the jury is still out on whether or not this is a sign of unconditional mom love or a hint that my house could use some work. Either way, it’s a welcome arrival among a sea of bills every month.

When it comes to the cover, I find HGTV’s work in the magazine to be way too over the top and annoying–“cutesy” and “colorful” comes to mind–but every once in a while there’s a real gem once you get inside. Last month they had a piece on how to update a discarded painting and it got me thinking about that ugly carnaval clown piece I’ve been lugging around for years (which, for the record, I actually really love but no one else does).

So here’s what I did…

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