Have you ever come across something that you really didn’t know what it was…didn’t really need it…didn’t really like it…but got it anyway? I tend to do that a lot, like with this Upcycled Barometer.
On my last trip to Restore, I came across this “weather station” for $5.00. At the time, I thought “barometer,” but have since learned it’s actually a weather station because it also has a temperature and a humidity gauge.
It’s not very attractive. The dials are plastic and the wood is “blah.” But, my son lives in Florida and has a “sea-faring” room theme going, so I thought, “How cool would this be in there?!”
So step one was a paint job! I used Frog tape and some paper to tape off the dials. Frog tape is the best tape for any paint job.
I used Krylon “Classic Gray” gloss spray paint to give the wood a new look. It was left over from my mirror makeover, found here. Normally, I would have primed it, but to be honest…I just didn’t want to fool with it! Plus, I knew it would hang on the wall and would not be handled, so hopefully the paint will not chip, etc.
I wanted the “weather station” to look “weathered,” so I used sandpaper to rough up the edges and some of the face of the wood. I wanted it to look like it had hung in a seaside pub somewhere!
The gold dials were too shiny and new looking, so I used Frog tape and paper to cover the wood and the dial heads, and used Rust-oleum Metallic spray paint in Antique Brass to cover the gold.
I knew going into it that this spray paint was not meant for plastic, but it was what I had on hand and I thought I’d just give it a try. Look at how it turned out…I love it! It’s imperfect! Which, I think…is perfect! It looks like brass that has started to turn and tarnish.
Now that looks like something Quinn from the movie Jaws would have had aboard the Orca! (We’ll pretend…)
Considering I used paint that I had left over from other projects, this little guy was all of $5.00! Not bad for something that I really didn’t know what it was…didn’t really need it…didn’t really like it…but got it anyway!