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You may recall my post about 45 things to throw out without feeling guilty that I wrote a while back. Well, while I was clearing out I came across an old, (boring .. and I mean boh…ring.. !!) solitaire game that we’ve had for absolute aaaages … at the back of the cupboard .. gathering dust.

No one had played with it for absolute donkeys years so it was a no brainer when I had to decide between keeping or throwing it. Straight into the “chuck it out immediately, don’t give it another thought” box.

It had no colour and certainly didn’t fill me with any joy (can you tell I’ve been reading the Marie Kondo book?!). Until I also came across a jar with marbles. As the sun light caught the marbles in the jar they filled the room with some gorgeous colours. So, finding my marbles did fill me with joy (let’s face it, who doesn’t want to find their lost marbles again? ;). I figured there must be something I could do with them at least.

Yep, you’ve guessed where this is going. The game was rescued from the box and a can of spray paint later it now has a place in our home for a second life. It just adds a splash of turquoise colour to our hallway. You may know by now that I absolutely love turquoise! It soooo reminds me of being on holiday.

And what’s more, it will only cost you the price of the spray paint, (some of which you will be able to use for other projects). It’s certainly much cheaper than buying some of the coloured marble solitaire games that are out there! And of course you can adjust the colours to make it unique to your home :). Or create one as a unique present for someone.

Here’s the before/after, and what you need to create your own.

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Just a bit plain and “mehh..”
Bright and colourful – ready to be used again

Here’s what to use:

  • 1 old solitaire game. I had one lying around, but if you check Marketplace on FB, there are some available from about £2
  • Spray paint, I used PlastiKote Mediterranean Blue to give that lovely blue “pop”. It’s available in plenty of other colours though!
  • Marbles (32 to be exact 🙂 ) – in colours of your choice

And here’s how to do it

The process is as simple as spraying the bottom of the game and letting it dry (it’s touch dry after about 60 minutes, although I recommend letting it dry for a bit longer).

Turn it over and spray the top. Don’t overdo it as the paint will settle into the little dimples and fill the holes. It’s better to spray it a few times rather than over-coating it. Let it dry for the recommended time and repeat the process if you need further coverage.

The sides are a little bit more tricky. I found it was best to balance the game on a tin of beans. Or any other tin of your choice, I’m not judging… That way nothing is touching the surface. It will prevent your from getting streaks or bits of paint that pull off as you take it off the surface after drying. Spray all the way round and let it dry. Again, repeat the process if you need to get further coverage.

I loved using this spray – it’s a real high quality gloss finish and was so easy to work with.

Have fun getting creative with your masterpiece!

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Happily complimenting the wallpaper, or waiting to be picked up for a game 🙂

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