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Recycling with Paint


Old items with a new look

You can spend a fun summer recycling old items around the house with paint. I have chosen a lot of different items you might have to recycle, and some books with items either for sale or with patterns. There are lots of pictures to give you ideas for designs. You can also Google Images and find lots of cute ideas i.e., hand painted clay pots, etc.


Repainting old furniture pieces

Ellie paints on a variety of furniture, especially children furniture such as step stools, benches, foot stools, coffee tables, chairs, tables, nightstands, youth chairs, desks, kid's rockers, armoires, beds, high chairs, mirrors, bar stools, bookcases, TV Cabinets, headboards, screens and more...

Funky Furniture Factory is a mother-daughter painting team! We live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and sell online and at local arts & crafts shows. http://www.funkyfurniturefactory.com/

Painting ideas

Just look at what you can do


Easy Dresser Makeover, Bold bursts of color take this boring dresser from simple to simply stunning.


Gourds - This is a good project for the kids


Try painting gourds.

Buttermilk Hill, Handmade, vintage, made in America. http://www.buttermilkhill.com/ilovecats.html

Gourds by Jeanie, Gourds are Mother Nature's Works of Art and her Palette for the Creative Artist.


Kids will love this also


You can even paint rocks.

These started out with my classic red & black ladybug design and gradually evolved into the many shapes and designs I do today.


She said "I hand-painted these pebbles/rocks that we found. http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/

Chrissiegrace.blogspot.com... http://chrissiegrace.blogspot.com/2009/03/some-eye...

Art for all ages and for all themes using simple and cheap materials to create a masterpiece. This arts and crafts are best from projects and decorations in your home. | painting | accessory making | collage | furniture making | vase designing | flower arrangement| paper machete | etc | ..http://artsining.blogspot.com/.

Mailboxes - Make your neighbors jealous with a decorated mail box


Artistic Accents - Hand Painted Mailboxes. http://www.hand-painted-mailboxes.com/html/flowers...

Bick-Lane Creations

Hand Painted Mailboxes, Trash Cans, Glassware and More! http://www.bicklanecreations.com/

Vintage items you have hidden in the attic or garage.


My name is Jackie and I have been a decorative artist for over 20 years. I have a love of antiques and vintage items (suitcases, etc) that are a bit time worn, but just need a little tender loving care to bring them back to life. http://www.timekissedtreasures.com/

Vintage Style Organizing: See-Through Vintage Storage Solution

We're kicking off 2011 with some unconventional ways of organizing with vintage. Up first is our contributing editor Elizabeth Holcombe with a great idea using vintage glass jars! http://vintageindie.typepad.com/vintage_indie/2011...

Altered Items, Lunch Tins, & Paint Cans. http://www.feliciasscrapbooks.com/gallerycategorie...

Now who'd a thought to paint those clay pots??


Photo: Caren's Creations.

Sandras Pots. http://sandraspots.homestead.com/Hand_painted_clay...

Clay Pots Pottery. http://www.claypotspottery.com/

Crafters Love Crafts. http://www.crafterslovecrafts.com/painted-clay-pot...

That ugly old milk can can be priceless


Look at the old farm items you can paint.

Did you know to paint on an old milk can all you have to do to prepare the surface for painting is these easy steps

#1 wash the entire can with soapy water. http://jusbcuz-pattern-gifts.blogspot.com/2010/05/...

Recycled hand painted metalware, Milk Churns, Watering Cans, Kitchen Scales etc. Personalized gifts, Baubles, Piggy Banks, Tree Hangers, House Names and Numbers for personal and business use.


Painting on all types of glassware

Your decorative painting resource.com

To come up with free glass painting patterns, we did lots of research, well OK ... we spent a great day playing with various glass painting products. Some manufacturers sent us products to test in our makeshift "paint lab". We thank them very much!


How to trace a pattern for glass painting

Once you have the glass clean and ready to paint on, it is time to do one last thing to the design. You need to trace the design that you have already put on paper. http://www.ehow.com/how_2274440_trace-pattern-glas...

Photo: http://www.your-decorative-painting-resource.com/g...

Plaid Creative Ideas Made Easy

Painting on glass is emerging as one of the most popular trends in crafting. Whether you want to add a stained glass look to a window or create a set of hand-painted glasses for your table top, you'll love Plaid's array of ideas and inspiration for your next glass painting project. http://www.plaidonline.com/glass-painting/dept/hom...

Paint those plastic Easter eggs????


Hand plastic eggs to the kids and say...

Just do your own thing

or better yet, let them do it.


Paint your kids sneakers.....

Much of my artwork (drawings, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, paper craft, etc.) incorporate skeletal imagery and contrasting/complementary elements. I plan out the design first so that even though I used some different colors and different images, they still work as a pair because of placement.


Painting Outdoor Furniture can give your yard a whole new look

There is nothing as neat looking as brightly painted yard furniture. Use your imagination on things like Adirondack chairs and tables are made from rot and insect-resistant white cedar wood. Each chair is sanded smooth, primed and artfully painted with colorful original designs. You can find lots of ideas by Googling "painted Adirondack chairs" and checking the images. You can paint lots of other yard items to match i.e., watering cans, flower pots, etc.

This is one of my favorite "recycle" links

Check out these sites and find the neatest things.

  • home-garden | P&G Everyday
    Salsa, jam, pickles and baby food-what do they have in common? They're all packaged in glass jars. Instead of tossing these leftover containers, turn them, vintage mason jars or canning jars into space-saving home storage systems.

More pattern books

Ok, Ok, so you don't need anymore.

Tell us about something you painted.

Reader Feedback

Ann Scaling Tucker (author) from Enid, OK on May 10, 2013:

@anonymous: I used to have a wood craft business (designed, cut and painted wood items) and I bought the pint cans of acrylic paint in basic colors, then put some in smaller bottles. I mixed my colors if I needed a special one. I also periodically went by the lumber yards and asked if they had any mis-mixed colors and would buy them (cheap) if they had a color I liked. I never bought those expensive little plastic bottles of paint - too expensive. Garage sales are also a good place to find left over paint.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on May 06, 2013:

A little paint can go a long way and can be used on most anything. Great ideas here!

anonymous on April 20, 2012:

I like to paint in fact I am doing water colors and chalk. The only drawback with painting items is, that paint is expensive if you want to do a real great job like shown in the pictures. You need lots of small amounts in a big variety of color. So think about of how much value you want to invest - unless you happen to have lots of leftovers like in a comment below.

anonymous on April 20, 2012:

@anonymous: Great idea and they don t break!!

Jennifer Alison Emmer from San Jose, California on March 29, 2012:

I enjoyed your lens very much. I have a lot of leftover paint because I'm an interior designer ;-) ~Jennifer

ChinaGal on March 24, 2012:

Lots of neat ideas - thanks for sharing them:)

anonymous on March 21, 2012:

I would have never thought about painting plastic Easter eggs. What a great idea. The painted eggs in the photo are amazing. I enjoyed my visit here today!

anonymous on March 14, 2012:

very creative

getmoreinfo on March 13, 2012:

These are really great, I enjoy looking at the painted items, so wonderfully done.

TTMall on March 05, 2012:

Loved Your Lens! You really put a lot of good information in it.

burntchestnut on February 20, 2012:

Great ideas for decorating with paint. I especially loved the painted wooden fence.

Delia on January 11, 2012:

Love this lens! I love painting on anything that doesn't move...oh OK I have painted faces as well...my house has murals, paintings with painted frames, rocks, chairs, dressers etc all painted as recycle projects.

KarenCookieJar on January 08, 2012:

I just started painting some old picture frames and I really enjoy it. I want to paint more, thanks for your ideas and suggestions.

Ram Ramakrishnan on January 01, 2012:

Recycling things gives almost as much satisfaction as creating something new. The colorful pictures make it a great lens.

hysongdesigns on June 21, 2011:

Lots of fun and cute ideas! Thanks for dropping by my lens Artists that Paint on Stone!

Ann Scaling Tucker (author) from Enid, OK on June 07, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks for stopping by and the nice comment.

anonymous on June 07, 2011:

What fun painting ideas you have presented here!

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