I’m a firm believer that life is meant to be happy and sometimes happiness isn’t the tidiest thing on the planet. My sister and I both share this philosophy and have had to spend some time cleaning silly string out of the carpet and the explosion from a confetti cannon after we won a particularly competitive game with the boys.
Yes, we blew a confetti cannon upon our winning. We’re hardcore competitive like that. We both blame our father. :)
In my line of work I get to make nifty things and that often means making a mess. I’m not just talking about making the actual DIY project, either. Sometimes my mess will extend to the entire room as I brainstorm and plan out what I want to do.
Since I’ve decided to embrace blue and plum into my Thanksgiving decor scheme I’m having to make a lot of what I want for myself. Granted the color is surely picking up steam as far as purchasable items go but you can’t find everything with a splash of purple quite yet.
I’m still super stoked about going with an alternative color palette for fall. Mostly because that means I get to make a lot of the stuff myself. And in case you haven’t noticed I like making stuff quite a bit :)
Any time you craft you have the potential to make a mess. Bring out the paint and you’re doubly likely to need a bit of cleanup post project. But that’s a part of it and a part of the fun, if you ask me. I also just so happen to be very lucky in that I have a In2ition® Plus H2OKinetic® Showerhead from Delta to help me with my clean up so I don’t worry about things too much.
When moving in one of the things we instantly noticed was that the showerhead was kind of dinky but it worked and that’s the important thing. BUT when it came time that the dogs needed a bath Rob and I knew we wanted to get a replacement with a corded, handheld part.
What we didn’t realize at the time was that Delta has a super nifty showerhead and handshower in one that are both stationary and corded at the same time. If you’ve ever taken a shower with a handshower that is constantly plopping off of the wall and doing that crazy snake dance thing spraying all over the bathroom you can understand why a wand that secures so well would be highly appreciated!
Now our current house is a rental and while I love it so much we don’t plan on hanging out here much longer than our 12 month lease. Not being able to DIY up the house to my particular tastes is just about driving me nuts. And having to wait on somebody to make repairs that I could have had taken care of much more quickly is very frustrating to me.
Luckily with a showerhead you can easily install a new one and take it down when it’s time to move. I was especially impressed with how easy this showerhead was to install. You screw parts on here and there hand tight which means you don’t even need any tools. Seriously. You take your Delta In2ition® Plus H2OKinetic® Showerhead out of the box. screw it together and you’re all sorts of set.
Look at that? Isn’t that lovely? Rob and I are totally digging the champagne bronze color and we fully plan on going full speed ahead with this gorgeous hue in our new home next year! :)
But let’s get to making those chargers. It’s super simple and super fab. Maybe a little bit messy but that’s just the way things go when you bust out the paint!
For this project you will need:
- Gold plastic chargers
- Acrylic craft paints
- Good quality paint brush
- Spray polyurethane in glossy
Here are my chargers. They are plastic, simple and you can get them for around $1.50 apiece. This is a super inexpensive way to dress up your holiday tables in the next few months!
The better the quality of craft paint the better your end results. I typically have good results with the thickness of Martha Stewart paints so that’s the way I went. Unfortunately my purple color was insanely runny so I wound up going over my work with a FolkArt purple in the end.
I grabbed several fun colors including navy, lime and pretty plum shades.
To start paint dashes going from the approximate center of the tray outward.
Keep going while the paint from your first color is still wet and add more “petals” with your brushstrokes. Here you can see where I was having trouble with coverage… Keep going layering over and over with your colors. You can let the paint dry between some coats or keep blending the colors by painting over wet petals.
In the end I wound up staying away from my pumpkin color and keeping it out of the fray. I thought without the orange these might translate well into a winter-time look, too! Keep going and layering until you’re happy with the appearance of your petals. Be sure to keep a bit of gold shimmering through for that upscale feel. And say hi to JouJou :)
Mixing your colors like this is a bit messy but it’s so much fun, too! Add a small amount of each color and add to it regularly to keep from completely muddling your colors.
Finish your dry plates with a quick cover of spray polyurethane to gloss up that acrylic paint and make your fall chargers easier to clean.
Speaking of cleaning… :) Our new Delta In2ition® Plus H2OKinetic® Showerhead is proving super helpful even though we’ve only had it a short time. Giving the dogs baths is so much easier and considering we want clean pups so they don’t mess up the back of our car in our 2 – days of 7 hours of driving this is a pretty practical holiday gift! I also love that I can disconnect the handshower and clean up my crafty messes by focusing the water just where I need it. Oh, and it’s pretty fab for showers, too! So bust out those paints and practice making a HappiMess knowing Delta will help me clean up in the kitchen or bath. I’d like to highly encourage you to check out the super fab Delta In2ition products and learn a bit more about their Touch20.xt Technology so you can feel free to get messy when you make! The results speak for themselves :)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Delta Faucet. The opinions and text are all mine.