It’s been a Gray Morning around here.  Not because we’ve been holed up in the house hiding from the “Frankenstorm,” Sandy, but because I’ve painted everything I could get my hands on this weekend with the paint color “Gray Morning” by Behr.

It is a very soft turquoise blue – think of a Tiffany jewlry box – but lighter.  It kind of reminds me of a Robin’s egg. Anyway, I mixed up a batch of paint (yes, I make my own DIY form of chalk paint – I’ll explain in a future post) and painted a few items from my stash.

You may remember my trip to the Goodwill Outlet a few weeks ago.  Well, I realized that everything I painted this weekend came out of that Goodwill haul.

See the ugly rooster picture in the back, the wooden magazine rack on the left, and four black pinecone finials down in front?  They were all “restyled” using Gray Morning.

To the magazine rack I added a few decorative wooden flourishes and a coat of paint and clear wax.

I love its curvy lines!

Wouldn’t it look adorable in a kitchen with your most-used cookbooks or in a nursery with your favorite children’s books?  And I’m sure it would be useful in another room that, um, requires  “reading material” close-by.


The picture doesn’t do the color of these cuties justice.

The pinecone finials and the rooster frame got a coat of paint, clear wax, and then dark wax which gives them that great antique look.

Here’s the frame up close. You can see how the dark wax gives it that antique look.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the finials yet, especially since one of them broke when they were drying.  I could have cried!

Finally, the frame!  I just love the way this turned out.  I took out the rooster print and added a piece of burlap.  Once you add the glass back in and an erasable marker, you have a great message board to write notes, grocery lists, and to-do lists.  Plus it just looks super cute!



The magazine rack and message board will be going into the shop for sale this week.

I hope your mornings are not gray, but if they are, maybe Gray Morning will brighten your day.  I know it did mine!

And please let me know if you can think of something creative that can be made with 3 finials!


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