Thursday, March 8, 2012

Painting A TV With A Poltergeist

The Crazy Lady did it!

I know, I know...
What kind of person
paints a TV?
One that doesn't want an
ugly black box
in an all white sitting room.

One that still has wonderful old
and needs a place to play them.

So~ here you go.
Remember it started like this...
Not too purty, is she?
Can I get an Amen to that?
First I talked nice to her
and lined her mouth with tape.
Then, because I thought she was
already squawking I went a
step further and shut her mouth for good
by filling the rest of her gaping face
with an  8x8 sheet of white paper.
I dragged her unwillingly out to
commonly known as
the garage but don't tell MyHero
because he will have a stroke
on the spot if he knows I
painted inside the garage
no matter that the doors were open
and every square inch of floor was covered

I laid her face down so she
couldn't see what I was doing.
See that white spot on the back?
Yeah..that is Annie Sloan chalk paint.
I finally found something it
(that is 4 coats).
It looked worse in person that it does here.
Then I commenced to spraying
with Kilz Primer.

Kinda scary, huh?
And not looking too promising at this point.
But, like the pig giving up its bacon,
I am COMMITTED at this point.
There is no turning back now.
(I hope I don't get committed-
the other kind of committed-
when this posts)
Well, one light coat should do
it, right?
Onward I go...
Just like a
Christian soldier..except my
weapon is a spray paint can
and my armor is my dirty old
chambray shirt and yucky jeans.

First coat of
Heirloom White
is on.
Looking pretty good~
Second coat finishes the job.
Then, ever so gently,
I peel open her mouth
so she can talk again...
And here she is..
And, as you can see
she still works!
Wanna see her up close and personal?
Not bad for an old broad, huh?

Oh...and remember the
Well, when I got this baby
out to the garage
I noticed that apparently
was trapped inside.
It's okay.
I told her to
and it appears that she
is now living in my lamp.

So, if I can paint a TV,
anyone can.
Although a good dose of
CRAZY helps you
get started.

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Japolina said...

Looks great Diana!

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

Sounded like a completely insane idea, but I have to hand it to you, it looks great!

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I would not be brave enough to do that.I can just hear my husband,, one question, the paint doesn't get inside right, in the vents I mean.
I love the way this turned out, it looks so much better white!
Well done!

Lynne said...

I am quite certain that she is happy with her lifestyle lift! You did a great job!

Debi WeeFaerie said...

It turned out great! "Go to the light" lol!

Debbiedoos said...

You are so clever Diana..that turned out awesome! She likes it, she really does.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I think you did a marvelous job!! Looks great.

Jettie said...

I'm glad it didn't mess up the electronics, which is the first thing I thought of, when you said you were going to do this.
Looks great.

Gina said...

I can't believe you painted a TV!
I can't believe it worked!
You're a clever genius, my friend.

La Brocanteuse said...

I have to say, you have guts!! thank you for your welcome visit to my blog and lovely comments. much appreciated.I am your newest follower. Col

maddie/cadesmimi said...

I never would have been brave enough to try this, but it looks great :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

LOL! It certainly does look better, Diana! Bonus that it still works, too! : )

Simple Pleasures said...

I thought about doing that when I was Shabby Chic. But chickened out! Looks good.

Susie said...

Diana, You are amazing. When I read where you were spray painting, I thought it would go into the airvents onto important things and not work...but by golly you did it. Good job. Smiles, xo, Susie

Debby said...

Good job. I have used the same spray paint on furniture and loved it.
Now what is next on the agenda.

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

You did a great job! It looks better!
Have a wonderful day!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh my goodness.... I like how you think & how brave you are....
It looks great & maybe someone with some clout in the TV business will see this & buy your idea... : )
(Did you cover the vents?? )

Patty Patterson said...

Yay! You did it! And it looks much better in white. I wonder why they don't make TV's beautiful to begin with?

Amy Chalmers said...

WOW! That is amazing!! And I thought I had crazy ideas~yours is crazy good!

SImple and Serene Living said...

Oh my, I was so afraid you would be electrocuted when you plugged it in. WHEW!!! SO glad it works, and it looks great :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

You wild thing you! I did not think it could be done..HAH!

Marti said...

I now know that your mind works at an entirely different level than most. Is is brilliance or madness! The results of your paint job were brilliant. Have a good day.

Tete said...

I thought you were going to take this apart when you painted it. You know that primer and paint got inside don't you? It might catch on fire...because all the circuit boards get really hot in there.
You are insane, woman!
If it starts smelling, please unplug it and set it outside for observation- LOL.
It does look good.
Have a fun day. Can't wait to see what else you paint!

Nellie said...

It looks absolutely amazing, Diana! We could use your talents with some of the "to do" list around here.:-) xoxo

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

Wow! I would never have thought you could paint a TV! I tried painting my little plastic radio/cassette player when I was about 12, and destroyed it! I was devastated.Now, I just might try something like that again! lol

Sandy said...

Diana...that was GENIUS!!

Just plain SMART. You go girl.
If you just *go for it*, it will work...that's my motto.
What a beautiful transition, who knew? You did!
My daughter glued an antiquey gold frame to the front of her little ugly black TV and it's fantastic!
Where there's a will there's a way.
Loved your story too. hehehe

Have a beautiful day and glorious weekend.

Cristina Garay said...

Wow Diana! it turned out fabulous!
and your story made me laugh more than once!!:) You go girl!

Sweet Tea said...

I KNEW you could do it.
Genuis begins with a great idea!!

Curtains in My Tree said...


How fun was that? love it

so glad you had the guts to give it a try, I'm next LOL

I am going for blue for my bedroom TV

Curtains in My Tree said...

I wanna ask? how did you paint the buttons and where the tapes goes? did you just spray paint them and let the excess [aint go in the cracks?

please tell

Donna said...

OK - I must admit, when you first started talking about this I even thought, I think she's gone over the line to the dark side -

We had one of those little TV's and kept it for the same reason - those darn tapes we (meaning you and I) can't give away (why, by the way??) or throw away (oh heaven's no - and fill up the dump with plastic?)

OK - I have to admit - I love it!! And, none of us, no not one, will tell your Hero you painted in the garage, because we have all been in the sacred place and have done such things too!

Weekend is coming, have a great one!
Gentle hugs,

Diana LaMarre said...

My mouth was hanging wide open in utter disbelief as I was reading this. I kept thinking there was no way that TV would work with paint getting in all those vents on the back.

What a surprise to see that it did and it looks darn good to boot!

What a clever idea, Diana.

Blondie's Journal said...

YOU ARE AMAZING! What wouldn't you try...okay, I won't ask that. This is super. It's a great transformation and gives it a more modern touch. What did hubs think?


Maureen Wyatt said...

I don't think I would have tried spray paint, but you got it to work! ~ Maureen

If SHE can figure it out.......... said...

haha I thought you meant you were going to paint something on the screen of an old broken TV. Like a landscape or something and then use it as "art".

Anonymous said...

Oh my!! You are very brave!!! I have a new respect for you. :) Great job!!!

jessica said...

Haha!! This is awesome! Looks Way better!! :)

Unknown said...

it turned out super great ! look very sheik
OOOoo La-La


Pam Kessler said...

You did a fantastic job! I was skeptical, I will admit, but it really looks good. Sorta scary about the poltergeists. I'm picturing that little lady in the movie with the funny voice. I'm sure I won't sleep tonight!

camp and cottage living said...

You do know you are a 'tread setter', don't you?
Last week it was our new word-B'Love. This week-TV painting and exorcism! What's next? I'm afraid to ask!!
Truthfully, I love your 'shabby' TV and think you're about the bravest lady I know.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Yea, you did it, It did not plug the vent holes,did it!!! I don't want a fire or you going towards the light!


Mariettes Back to Basics said...

Dearest Diana,

Your TV turned out just PERFECT! Had to show this to my husband.
Just read your comment on Rebecca's post about your problem of not being able to add or delete blogs following on the sidebar. I had that same problem too and I did first copy all the URLs of the blogs I follow. Next I deleted the entire gadget, took it off. Started from scratch putting a new list back on, minus some that I no longer follow and some that had stopped posting. A lot of work but that's obviously our fate with this Blogger. There's always something to worry about and taking away our precious time.
Love to you,

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Great transformation, it looks great!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Heaven's Walk said...

You are an insane genius, girl! lolol! Can't believe that you actually followed through with that plan! What did MrHero say when he got home....?? hahaha! It does look absolutely wonderful, though!

xoxo laurie

Anonymous said...

Another great story and transformation! It really looks amazing! Better watch that Poltergeist!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh my goodness Diana! I have never seen someone do that and I am super impressed! It looks fantastic and you didn't even have to perform an exorcism on her. LOL! Well done!

Pat M said...

This is so funny! I have that same TV and just might have to try the same technique! I love it white! Thanks for giving me a laugh as I end my busy day!
Hugs, GraceinAZ

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Diana you are cleaver!! Love it, you did an awesome job!!

Holly said...

Wow! I am impressed! You are giving me the courage to do the same. I want to repaint our kitchen cabinets's going to be one of those "while you were out" situations...should be interesting.

Gail said...

I LOVE each and everyone of your blog post Diana! I agree with everyone, you did an amazing job! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gail

Janet said...

Diana, you crack me up. I love how you wrote your post. Made me smile.

The old gal looks great :)

Loved your comment on my blog. I had a Barbie too. She had black painted on hair and 3 wigs. Red, blonde and brown. This on in the 60s.

Mom crocheted her a nice light purple sleeveless dress with a neat fold down collar. Had Ken and Skipper too. Fun fun. :)

Take care, Janet W ((hugs))

Anne said...

Oh, my goodness, Diana! She looks great! Yay!! ♥♥

At The Picket Fence said...

First of the sweet painting is just lovey and what a precious gift. I am a huge bird lover so I can appreciate how special this was to receive. Second, you are killing me...the TV is GREAT and your post...I laughed all the way through it. Great job, it looks fabulous.


Unknown said...

I Blove this..who woulda thunk it.
I have an idea this will be copied near and far...
It's very sweet...
Thanks for the uplifting comments you leave on my blog.
Hugs, glenda

Richella Parham said...

I don't think it's crazy--I think it's brilliant! What a great idea to make an old TV set blend in with its surroundings!! :)

outjunking said...

Oh my gosh, where was I when all this genus was happening. This is awesome. You deserve a metal, no a trophy for fixing the main thing every housewife in America has had to deal with. The big eye sore that stares back!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Good heavens! YOU ARE brave!! And the buttons don't stick or anything!
"ohhhh ..this is too much! How can I be so lucky to have this person in my life! I can be brave about so many things if she can PAINT a television!" *shuts down the computer and is off to bed grinning!*

Gypsy Heart said...

You did a fabulous job on this! Now, would you please come here and paint one of mine? I know you'd love Texas...tomorrow. It's rainy & cold now but supposed to be 65 and sunny tomorrow.

I don't have a garage so there's no worries about any heroes being upset. I don't have a hero here anyway. LOL


Anonymous said...

I am with the gal who 's hubby would say. You have to be kidding. Is that paint not going into the rest.

Well I added the Kidding part as that is what my hubby would add.

Nice Job girl!

Faye said...

I can't believe you did that! I would have been so chicken! I have a similar TV I use for DVD's. I hate the dark color and was tempted to buy a new flat screen and DVD player but hate to spend the money when this TV works perfectly good. Now you have me thinking. So none of the spray paint got inside the little slots and caused any trouble? I bet if I ran this past the husband he would flip! (He's an electrician...I just have to ask and see what his reply will be!!! LOL!) I'll let you know if I do it!