Challenge Completed!

2 Aug

When I got home from the 9to5 yesterday, I went into ‘mission mode.”


And I did!

I decided to join a group of my favorite bloggers in their Pinterest Challenge.  It started last Tuesday evening and the challenge was to do a DIY project inspired by an image found on Pinterest.  And complete the project by today.  After a busy weekend, I was severely doubting my time management abilities.  Luckily, yesterday I was uber productive and finished my project and I’m super excited about it!!

As a reminder, here was my Pinterest Inspiration:

My challenge to myself was to take an piece of metal wall art that we already had…

..and rework it and refresh it, so I’m not bored of it anymore.

Cutting apart those *%$#* darn plates was the toughest and most time consuming part of this.  And of course once I separated them, I needed to remove the stand-offs and all the rough edges.  I used wire cutters, a hack saw, and a metal file for this whole process.

In addition to just reconfiguring their layout, I introduced some paint to change it up a bit.  I’m actually relatively new to spray paint, so I decided to take this opportunity to experiment with a few things (some more successful than others).

I was able to make-up try a few paint techniques.  The shot in the dark was taking Vaseline and applying it to the raised portion of the design before painting.  After it dried, I wiped where the Vaseline was a prayed that it worked.  It didn’t.  Luckily I had more than enough plates so I could afford to mess up a few.  If my Vaseline had maybe been less messy, it might have worked out.  The technique did work in theory, but the end product was too much of a mess.  Seeing how well (or not well) the spray paint was sticking to the plates did inspire me into another technique that did end up on the wall.  After painting, when it was try to the touch but still tacky, I took a piece of sand paper and wiped/scraped away pieces of paint in one direction.  The outcome was imperfect and a little quirky- somehow it worked.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had also purchased 5 plates to potentially add into the mix.  4 made it to the wall, and only 1 will be returned.  I’m really excited to show you the outcome, so without further adieu.

Drumroll please…..

Here’s my project breakdown:

Existing metal plate art: $0

Plate hangers: $20

4 new plates: $15

Spray paint: $12


I think that’s pretty good price for art of that size.  What I find super exciting about my new plate art is that it isn’t a stagnant piece.  I can interchange plates if I find some at tag sales, or by season, or by my mood, or to match my outfit.

Did you do a DIY project for the Pinterest Challenge?  I’d love to see it!  Link to it in my comments.

I’ve also linked this project on these link parties:
Young House Love: Pinterest Challenge Projects
Joey & Lana Make a House a Home: Pinterest Challenge Time!
Bower Power Blog: Pinterest Challenge
Creative Blog: Get Your Craft On
Savvy Southern Style: Wow us Wednesday

15 Responses to “Challenge Completed!”

  1. Petra @PeachesPSP 08.02.2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Looks great-I love that you could reuse what you already had but had grown tired of, change it up, and still have room to add new pieces or change out for new ones in the future! Great plan. My entry is still not complete, but I did have a backup plan/pin:

    • vintageviolet 08.02.2011 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks!! I can’t wait to see your closet outcome! I’m totally jealous of the space.

  2. Malgorzata 08.02.2011 at 2:28 pm #

    What a great transformation. Love the plates and the placing on the wall, looks stunning!

  3. andrea 08.02.2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I did plates for part of my project too! Here is mine
    I also pinned your inspiration pin and love how you did it!

  4. Susan Koslow 08.02.2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Holy cow… I love it!! I think you nailed it 🙂

  5. Melanie @ Smiley Melly 08.02.2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I love this! Definitely couldn’t tell which were new and which were painted. They all look so great! I wish I had wall space in our kitchen to re-create. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  6. kimberly 08.02.2011 at 10:42 pm #

    As someone who doesn’t care for the metal wall art I was impressed with the outcome of your project! LOVE IT! A friend wanted to give me her metal wall art but I couldn’t see it in my own home. Thanks for the inspiration. :o)

  7. Laurel@Ducks in a Row 08.02.2011 at 11:07 pm #

    WOW – so worth it! I love it so much more!

  8. side tables london 08.03.2011 at 7:04 am #

    I would like to appreciate you on doing this. I really love the plates and the way they placed. How did you get the idea of that?

  9. vintageviolet 08.03.2011 at 11:47 am #

    Wow! Thank you for all the amazing feedback! You’ve made my week.. seriously 🙂

  10. Jae 08.03.2011 at 9:35 pm #

    LOVE your project. Great idea and great job.

  11. Cristy 08.03.2011 at 11:47 pm #

    I can’t remember how I came to read this post. Started with Facebook, then Pinterest, now here. Anyways, I have the same metal plate hanging. I thought I really liked it. We had just bought a new home and there were so many empty walls. Then we hung it up and the colors were really uninspiring. The relief is cool, though. I love how you changed it up. It really looks 100% better. I imagine the separation was a bear!

  12. kimberlee 08.04.2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Lovely! I didn’t find out about the challenge until it was too late, but now there is tons of additional inspiration. I really like what you did with these, and I might just have to undertake that project too. 😀

  13. Mary Ann Ellis 09.07.2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Karen – I just loved your blog!!!! But I LOVED it so much that I started reading at 8:00am and it’s now NOON! OMG! I’ve gotten some great ideas but how am I ever going to get anything done if I keep reading all these ideas? Oh well time to turn “Murphy” (my name for my computer – as in Murphy’s Law – “Any thing that can go wrong will go wrong!”) off & get some work done. Keep on blogging.


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