Monday, September 28, 2009

The Spray Paint and The Three Pears

Story of The Spray Paint and The Three Pears

I'm again *repurposing* this tired, old post to participate in...

Like so many of you guys, I really love Ballard Design.   Like so many of you, I do not want to spend $79.00 on something that will eventually, if I am being honest, sit on a shelf somewhere and collect dust.   Like so many of you, I want to only spend about $2 on something that will eventually, if I am being honest, sit on a shelf somewhere and collect dust.

The following chronicles my mission for the perfect white pear.  Or three.  Three of something usually is better than one.  

This beauty is on sale for $79.00.   

Ballard Designs actually does have a version for much less!  $49.00.  Um, no thanks.

Here are  mine.

About $ 5.   And that's for all three!

The Magic of Spray Paint!   It's like having "New" in a can!   Yes I stole that phrase and am going to use it as much as possible - it's too true!  :)

Anyways, I realize that pretty soon (if it has not already happened) the whole White Pretend Fruit trend is going to get old.  But I can't help myself - I really do {heart} the whole White Pretend Fruit thing.  

Here's what I did.   Now, for this project, I did actually go out and purchase something "new".   My tagline on this blog used to be Old Is The New New, but I'm realizing that sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.    The Christmas Tree Shop is full of excellent bargains - and you can spend so little that it's ALMOST LIKE you didn't even go shopping at all.  For real.    (By the way, my blog has a new tagline now - let me know what you think!  :)

Anyways, the pears that I found were a bit TOO pear colored.   They were INTENSELY pear colored.  As in almost Blindlingly Green.     My camera almost couldn't really capture this new to nature color, but here they are when we started out.

.....waiting patiently outside on my handy spray painting blanket with their new BFF - Valspar Ivory Spray Paint.

When I'm seeing them in this photo, the color really doesn't look to bad, but they just did not fit in with the rest of the gang...

So a few minutes and a few swipes with the spray paint later and LOOK!.............

They Are Happier Already!    I just love to put a smile on a fake pear's face. 

Anyways, this is one after just a couple of coats...

I do see a definite improvement.   I did add one more coat, again not bothering with any painting "rules" like preparing the surface - I just sprayed them.   Brought them inside after they dried (maybe 1/2 hour?) and added some black for contrast to the stem with my Cheap Acrylic Craft Paint.

I still don't know where exactly these three are going to end up - probably like everything else in this house, they will be moved around ALOT.   But I want something striking yet simple for my dining room table and that's probably where they will start their little journey.

So damn happy with how they came out!  

I'd love to hear about any project you guys are working on!

Smiles and Hugs,


  1. Love your tranformation! Love the pears! Stop by for a visit sometime!

  2. Simple and elegant. Great transformation!

  3. I love how pretty they are! Definitely will have to try this soon.


  4. Great job - I love them pears !~

  5. They look so good! I love 'em! That ivory is a beautiful shade, and goes with everything!

  6. Really cute; they are fab!! But I am wondering about the size of the spray can?? What kind of spray is that???

  7. The spray paint? It's by Valspar and can be found at Lowe's. It's just your standard size can and I didn't even really put a dent in it with this project. The color is called Antique White, but was a little more "true" white than what I expected. Thanks for your questions - let me know if you have any more!

  8. I love the price! And white fruit always reminds me of that children's book, Bunnicula by James Howe. Its about a vampire-ish bunny that sucks the juice and color out of fruit and vegetables. Which in my opinion makes these perfect for Halloween!

    And the tagline is awesome. This was my first visit and it earned a hearty laugh, cause the cute names really are taken!

  9. Your pears turned out wonderfully. I have to say I am loving them in white.

    I did a TV segment a couple of weeks ago --- it was about style differences between you and your spouse --- but we had a funny little exchange about fake fruit. It is on my blog if you want to see it.

    Have a great weekend,

  10. These are really quite wonderful. Also, I think your tag line is cute. ;)

  11. I took your great advice and creativity and made some pears for myself! I already had the pears and the cost makeover! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  12. They look great--one of those projects on my list. I will click to follow and if you don't already follow me I hope you will



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