I'm on the Ranger blog today with a quick tutorial on up cycling an old paint brush. If you’ve ever been to a flea market or thrift store, you may have seen old paint brushes for sale. You may even have some around the house or out in the garage from old painting projects. Even if you don’t have any- you can easily find some new bristles to play with from the dollar store. Grab a brush, old or new, and let’s give it a brighter, definitely more colorful life than hanging in a barn.
Check out the tutorial here:
I found a binder last year crammed full of photo album page protectors for 50¢. I originally only got it for the protectors but this has turned out to be a really sturdy binder so I gave it a face lift with some Brea Reese Acrylic Paint and stencils.
Someone gave this mug to me years ago as a coloring kit but the markers that came with it were water based (like Crayola) and would not stick to the surface. You think the company would know that. This was a time before brush alcohol markers and liquid alcohol ink. I tried using Sharpies but it left the surface really streaky. Fast forward YEARS later to using Brea Reese Alcohol Ink. Problem solved. I sprayed it with Krylon Clear UV-Resistant Clear Gloss and Krylon Acrylic Spray Paint Crystal Clear and now I have a colorful place to keep my pens.
If you try this, I wouldn't recommend using it as an actual mug to drink out of just because of the chemicals. Even though it does have a varnish, and you can find varnishes that are drink ware/dishwasher safe- it's still better to use these types of things for storage.
I found this wooden pineapple many moons ago at a yard sale. I painted it traditional pineapple colors when I was younger, even though I'm not a fan of pineapples- I just like painting stuff. I recently found it hanging out in a cabinet and all the colors had faded away with time so- time for a face lift! I used Brea Reese heavy body acrylics to cover with only one coat and sealed with clear varnish. Definitely worth the whole $.25 now!
Painted with Brea Reese Acrylic Paint