Saturday, December 7, 2013

Coat Bepimped

It snowed here yesterday, which doesn't happen very much. You probably didn't hear about it because there were worse snowstorms around the country, and the national media never, ever remember that there's a state called Oregon between California and the-state-that-Seattle-is-in.

But I'm not bitter.


Our little region here got the worst of it, too - snowing all day yesterday, and temperatures staying below freezing at least through the weekend.




It's gorgeous! I don't have to go anywhere this weekend, and I have books to read. I'm happy.


And I finally did something with my boring black raincoat, seen here, and below.


Okay, maybe it's still boring, But I wanted to do something easy to change the gray facing that makes this coat like the 613 others between California and Seattle, and I was inspired by this coat of Ann's here.


I "watercolored" the gray parts. But that wasn't enough, so I also drew random lines all over it.



And I added some pink paint to the snaps, then rubbed off most of it. The paint is still in the little lines of the logo.


It's nowhere near as pretty as Ann's watercolor coat, or any of Ann's gorgeous coats. But it's a little bit more interesting.

Maybe I should do more. Or just look for another coat.

What do you think?

Val

25 comments:

nancy said...

I love it! What a creative solution.

Connie said...

Yo be pimpin' Girl. I love it. And I love your nature photographs. Sigh...

Melanie said...

I think you've already done an awesome upgrade. Very cool "water-colouring" and your addition of lines is inspired. I never would have thought of that. You can get another coat too just because you feel like it.

Dawn said...

I think your coat turned out great!

We got about the same amount of snow you did. I live in northern Arkansas where we're not used to this much snow. Definitely not used to it staying around for four or five days.

Tami Von Zalez said...

I LIKE what you've done to your repurposed coat.

une femme said...

Hey, that's pretty clever!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Oh, very well done Val! I find with DIY, I can start to go overboard, ending up with an obvious DIY. Here, you've kept things so tasteful with your coat. Just the right amount of upcycling. With Ann as inspiration, it's no surprise. She is always so chic.

And the snow! Nothing up here, at least so far. It's been super cold though!

fairfakeandfifty said...

The coat looks great. As for the snow ~ WOW, how stunning. We don't get much snow here so I always go ooh and aah over winter pictures!
:-)

ann wood said...

I think this is a great change for your coat, very creative! I think Sue is right, so tasteful and pretty. The addition of the lines is a great idea. Does it feel good wearing the coat?

How about this beautiful snow, looks about the same here in MN. Temps down near 0. Definitely going to be a difficult week for pictures.

blue hue wonderland

Aya in Couturgatory said...

Wow, that's a fantastic fix. It looks so modern and hint of edgy. I love it!

Sandra said...

you have done a grand job, I have no idea how you did it, but it looks awesome, the snow pics are gorgeous x x x

pastcaring said...

You did a really great job with the coat, Val. I agree with Mel - keep tinkering with this coat AND get another one, why not?!
Gorgeous snowy photos. We have yet to get any snow, and doubtless I will complain like mad when we do. It looks picturesque but is a bugger to live with... xxxx

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

The snow looks pretty but what a hassle to live with it. Luckily we still don't have any yet this year. I'll be happy if it holds off as long as possible. I hate the stuff.

The coat turned out great. Did you use acrylic paint watered down? Or fabric paints? It is such a lovely effect I'd like to try it out myself.

bisous
Suzanne

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

The snow looks pretty but what a hassle to live with it. Luckily we still don't have any yet this year. I'll be happy if it holds off as long as possible. I hate the stuff.

The coat turned out great. Did you use acrylic paint watered down? Or fabric paints? It is such a lovely effect I'd like to try it out myself.

bisous
Suzanne

Paula Ruta said...

Love the little additions you put on this coat to pimp it up!

Sorry about the snow; it is pretty but just a mahjor pain if you have to travel.
Have a great week. xoxo

Joni James said...

Ooohhhh brrrrrrrr! I didn't know we had snow in this western vicinity. Looks like you got it all!

Dawn Elliott said...

I'm diggin' the magic you bestowed on that darling coat...using watercolors was genius! Sometimes all it takes is a little ingenuity/inspiration/creativity/
time and we can remake something in a flash!
I, too, live in an area that's a separate eco-zone here in northern Arizona...where the gardening is in it's own unique world, unlike anywhere else. I can relate to being overlooked weather-wise! You had a great snowfall...we only eeked about 3" this time!

Seeker said...

Such beautiful snow photos!
And what a creative idea to do such lovely effects on your coat. It spiced it up so much.

Have a great week.
xoxo

sabine said...

Oh, so much snow! More than we have and I always think we live in winter land. Good that you are the owner of a warm coat and better you made it unique. The water color pattern is lovely!

Megan Gann said...

I love the results! I couldn't tell at first glance that it didn't come that way normally.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

You're a walking work of art Val ... I'll risk shouting it from the snowy rooftops, but it's scorching up there on our roof! I do love the beautiful virgin snow outside your house. xox

The Style Crone said...

Your weekend of reading in the midst of a winter wonderland sounds heavenly. As are the creative additions to your rain coat. You are a walking piece of art! But then I've thought that for some time now.

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Now that's a cool little upgrade you did there on that coat. I never would have thought to do that. When I feel bored with a garment, I just sigh and deal with it instead of taking action like you have! Inspo!

Forest City Fashionista said...

If you hadn't mentioned that you added the lines and colour, I would have thought you purchased the coat that way - excellent work! I believe that you can never have too many coats - after all, there are so many outfit and weather variables to consider, how can one coat cover them all?

Ariane Lasalle said...

You did an excellent job, real impress - You girls are so talented!
I prefer your coat believe it or not!

Hugs

Arianexo