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28 comments

  1. June 27, 2013
    Anne@DesignDreams

    so much better!!!!

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    • June 27, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Anne! I agree! 🙂

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  2. June 27, 2013
    Kenz @ Interiors By Kenz

    I need to start child-proof decorating. I am realizing that I have WAY too many breakable objects, and not nearly enough nose-touching. Also, good call with the spray painting. It looks soft and lovely. Now go enjoy some wine!

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    • June 27, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I think that the true child-proofing happens the minute that your kid starts to crawl. You realize, “Hey… I didn’t know THAT could break!”

      Or my kids’ personal favourite: let’s pull everything out of every drawer we can open! Party!

      (And I DID enjoy a little vino blanco last night! It was delicious!)

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  3. June 27, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    Adorable. No other way to describe this set besides for adorable. Job well done!

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    • June 27, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you Amy! I really love it too. It’s probably all of those crazy mom-hormones in me that make me love it so much. I’m sure that a 17 year old guy would look at it and say, “It looks like the zoo.”

      🙂

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  4. June 29, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    Tara, that is one perfect project! And…I love the line about the kid finding the sharpie…been there!

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    • July 2, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Danni. I love how it turned out. And yes, the kid and the Sharpie? Why does that combination keep on happening?!? 😉

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  5. July 2, 2013
    Marilyn

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR….the painted brass is ssssssooooo beautiful! You did the right thing by painting it! 🙂

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    • July 2, 2013
      Tara

      Thanks, Marilyn. I admit, I was a bit nervous when I did my first coat. But now that it’s finished? I love it!

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  6. July 3, 2013
    Jenna

    Yep, I’m with you – some things should stay brass, others need a coat of spray paint! These look much better painted! Love it! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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    • July 3, 2013
      Tara

      Thanks, lady! I love the way they turned out! (Though I did have some nerves when the brass was disappearing under the white paint…)

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  7. July 4, 2013
    Recreate and Decorate

    oh those turned out great!

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    • July 4, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you! I’m really happy with their new look! 🙂

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  8. July 4, 2013
    Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers

    I LOVE these two cuties! I have no problem spray painting a thing 🙂 Found from Blogtalk….Pinning! ~Sonya

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    • July 4, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Sonya! I think they turned out very sweet! (So happy that you wandered over from BT! I’m going to check out your blog!)

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  9. July 11, 2013
    T’onna

    Cute & sweet! I think the giraffes look better in white than brass. My mother used to collect a bunch of brass things too…

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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    • July 11, 2013
      Tara

      I know that there are some collections that are sitting in boxes at mothers’ houses just waiting for spray paint to come rescue them! I was so happy when my grandma gave me her box of old brassies. It also brings back so many memories. I remember these giraffes sitting on my her shelf for so many years!

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  10. July 12, 2013
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    I will never look at tarnished brass the same again! What a dramatic transformation, Tara! And I love that it has such an expensive look, but if the kids play catch with it, there’s no need to panic. That’s my kinda DIY!

    Thanks for linking up at The CSI Project this week. So happy to see you there!

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet

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    • July 12, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much for checking out my little giraffes, Lauren! I hope that you stumble upon some brass worthy of a little spray paint “lipstick”. It’s a thoroughly satisfying transformation! 🙂

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  11. March 31, 2014
    barefootbutterfly

    Those area cute pair! So sweet that we can re-purpose item that have history! I have been painting brass for quite a while now to & you can use chalk paint as well . I also sometimes wet distress mine so some of the brass shows through in little spots giving a glimpse of the old but not too much 🙂 Just a sparkle. I have a stellar 18″ rearing stallion that I am working on… he used to be a unicorn but lost his horn so im filling the hole in his head & painting him a gorgeous grey with whitewash & wet distressing him to 🙂

    Carolyn ~ Barefootbutterfly Studio
    artist, photographer,MUA, Nail tech, creative crazy & mom of 3 😉

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    • April 2, 2014
      Tara

      I haven’t ever thought to use chalk paint on brass, but I love that idea. Some of my pieces got a bit dinged in the latest move, and I love the way the brass “peek-a-boos” through the painted surface. I’d love to see that horse you’re working on – finding a brass horse has been on my “Must Find” thrift store lists.

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  12. April 3, 2014
    barefootbutterfly

    would love to show you the before and after! Is there an email address I could send a photo or somewhere I could post it?

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    • April 3, 2014
      Tara

      Oh yes! I’d love to see your photos. If you could send them to suburbleblog@gmail.com, I would be thrilled!

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  13. July 24, 2014
    Elic

    I want those giraffes! I collect giraffes! I ADORE giraffes! I wish I could post a picture of some of my giraffes! I even have a photo my mother took in Kenya of a giraffe!

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    • July 24, 2014
      Tara

      Elic, these were a super-common brass ornament in the early 90s. I’ve seen them a couple of times at the thrift shop. I’m sure that you could get your hands on them! I really love this pair – they’re so sweet.

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