The tulips and daffodils have been making their way into the grocery stores (and my shopping cart!) here in Seattle, and I am so ready for spring. I finally took down the holiday decor from my porch, and am slowly adding in some spring color. I saw a cute umbrella wreath idea on Country Living, and decided to recreate one for my front door. On a regular visit to the Seattle Goodwill, I picked up this children’s umbrella for a couple of bucks.
As you can see, it had a zebra and elephant pattern – not the look I was going for. But no worries, I had a plan.
Does the can of spray paint give it away? Yes, I painted it!
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Initially, I had planned on spray painting it with Rust-Oleum Glitter Spray in Bright Pink, but the coverage wasn’t opaque enough to cover the bold pattern. You can see the coverage of one coat of the pink glitter paint on the lower portion of the umbrella in the photo above. On to Plan B. There is always a Plan B, right? I painted the umbrella with Velvet Finishes paint in “Glamorous” (shown on the top part of the umbrella above). I used it on this pair of midcentury chairs and love the bold pink color. It created the perfect base coat on my umbrella for the pink glitter paint.
I painted it with 3 coats of Velvet Finishes to completely cover the safari animal pattern. If you are covering a less bold pattern, it would probably take fewer coats. I then sprayed a light coat of the Rust-Oleum pink glitter to give the umbrella some shimmer, without changing the pink base coat color. I added pink tulips and a black and white polka dot ribbon and hung it on my front door. To keep the flowers fresh, I filled plastic sandwich bags with a bit of water, inserted a few stems in each bag, and the tied them with a wire tie. Each section of the umbrella makes a perfect “vase” for a few stems.
My porch is definitely feeling like spring.
My daughter and I took a walk down to Greenlake (our neighborhood lake) and she happily modeled the pink umbrella for me. She is a fabulous model, says her adoring mom.
Have a wonderful weekend!