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Oh, T-Rexy

The studio shelving construction has been done for well over a week, although it’s been officially on the wall for the better part of a month. We haven’t showed you the ins and the outs yet (although you can get a good idea right here; we’ll share the rundown soon!), and this is mostly due to my type-A nature that includes shelf fussing, tweaking and rearranging (over and over again). I’ve mentioned before how difficult it is for me to curate a shelf arrangement, and the studio storage – the majority of it being on display, no less – has proven to be quite the challenge.

We have, however, made good progress. A week ago, Scott took me on a lovely date to Hobby Lobby (what a guy!), where we picked up glass vases and vessels to coincide with our candle jars and cigar boxes. Somewhere along the way, we separated, I lost focus of the task at hand, and somehow we came home with T-Rexy (along with vases and vessels, so all was not lost):

I had no intention of slipping him in the cart, but as soon as I saw him, I was reminded of this Etsy shop and this spunky planter I pinned almost a year ago. In other words, fate. After setting him on my half-styled shelves, I shared this photo on FB and suggested spraying him down in hot, hot pink. You agreed.

My Rexy had a moving mouth (because after all, his intention was not to sit on the shelf of a painting studio; he’ll always wish for a real boy, no doubt), so to remedy this and prep him for paint, I spread a thin line of super glue along his jaw.

I realized too late that we ran out of primer, but rather than delay the project, I used on-hand white spray paint before the pink. I crossed my fingers, and it worked.

T-Rexy was near impossible to photograph after his makeover, as his vibrancy was more than the camera could handle. Don’t let these snaps fool you; he is brighter than the sun, and luckily, no detail was lost during the transition to glam-o-saur. (In other words, Scott called him *expletive* magical.)

If there was ever a doubt to go the fluorescent route, it was eliminated after the first coat of pink. In total, T-Rexy got four thin coats of paint – one white, three neon. And not so coincidentally, sexy T-Rexy is an appropriate homage to one of my favorite movies:

What are you spraying lately? And just for fun, SHOPLIFTER! (I’ll always love you, Ethan.)

See more of our studio ideas on our Pinterest board, right here.

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  • Tamryn3.13.12 - 9:08 AM

    i think Mr T-Rex is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle3.13.12 - 9:09 AM

    Love LOVE love a post that references Rex Manning Day! (And your neon pink tribute is pretty sweet too!)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY3.13.12 - 9:11 AM

    Oh, I LOVE him!!! Totally doing this somewhere in my home. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Laura3.13.12 - 9:39 AM

    I think am in LURVE!! Totally diggin’ the pink. I have a rooster that’s beggin’ for a mauve makeover…forever on the “to-do” list.

    Heartbeat at my Feet – a foster blog

  • Jaimie3.13.12 - 9:46 AM

    Oh yes, he is fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Loren3.13.12 - 10:35 AM

    LOVE this. I’ve seen a couple other spray painted toy animals lately and I’m loving the trend.ReplyCancel

  • miranda @boucksy3.13.12 - 10:39 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

  • Joy3.13.12 - 11:50 AM

    First off, T-Rex *is* magical.

    Secondly, I have never seen the full version of the Rex Manning video and now I need to go watch “Empire Records” for the first time in…at least 10 years. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Seriously, this is awesome! I was perusing the aisles at Michael’s to buy a kid’s toy to spray paint and lingered at the dinosaurs and then moved on. I’m glad he made it in your cart!

    PS – I have a T-Rex on my desk at work that I named Rex Manning.ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.13.12 - 12:16 PM

    Brandi, maybe your Rex Manning would like a makeover, too?

    Happy Rex Manning Day!ReplyCancel

  • Any reference to Empire Records is fine by me!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley3.13.12 - 4:05 PM

    LOVE the PINK!!

    I spray painted T Rex and his buddies GOLD for my son’s birthday party to use a trophies in our ‘Dino Games’.

  • Kim3.13.12 - 4:49 PM

    Awesome! Those gold dinos are such a fun creative idea for a birthday party!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn3.13.12 - 7:27 PM

    I’m a new reader of your blog and not only do I love your T Rex but Empire Manning is one of my favorite movies. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.13.12 - 7:54 PM

    Welcome, Lynn! I love anyone that loves Empire Records.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie3.13.12 - 10:03 PM

    Love T-Rex, but now I hate you a little because “Say No More, Mon Amour” is going to be in my head for days!ReplyCancel

  • Tina3.13.12 - 10:27 PM

    Scott, you may have to share because Kim just stole my heart with the Empire Records references! To be fair, I’m going to steal this idea and go spray paint 2 dinosaurs, then name them Rexy and Corey.

    I kid you not, you do not fully comprehend my obsession with this movie. I painted a barstool with movie references from it. I have the poster. For my birthday, we drove 3 hours to visit the site where the movie was filmed. I’ve been there twice now. OBSESSED. Let me win the lottery and that building is mine!ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.14.12 - 8:38 AM

      Tina, you are the best! Growing up, I named every inanimate object around me Ethan as an ode to my other lover! And every day, I somehow still seem to check the time at 1:37 exactly (Joe).ReplyCancel

  • Amy K3.14.12 - 11:50 AM

    I think you should display Sexy T-Rexy prominently on April 8th (Rex Manning Day).ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Mae3.14.12 - 1:34 PM

    OH REXY YOU’RE SO SEXY! Thanks for the flash back, Empire Records is a FAVE!ReplyCancel

  • Karen3.15.12 - 1:00 AM

    Hi! This may be an extremely weird request, but I have been looking everywhere for the target pillow you posted about in a post a very long time ago called the bedroom blahs. It’s the target dwell studio pillow with yellow rosettes. I am willing to buy it from you. I know this is weird but it would match a room I am decorating perfectly! Name your price and I will give you the amount. I hope you can consider this and email me back. Thanks so much!

  • […] Yesterday I showed you my piggy project that was inspired by Yellow Brick Home’s hot pink T-Rex… […]ReplyCancel

  • […] a couple things Kim spray painted for her new studio…including a cool, old camera and a sexy T-Rexy (catch that movie […]ReplyCancel

  • Beth11.2.12 - 10:06 AM

    Just found your blog. I would have to say I am hooked. Empire Records is a favorite. (I have a boy named LUCAS) The dino is excellent! I may need to spray paint one myself.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy2.6.13 - 12:32 PM

    I totally love Ethan too! My fav movie by far…love sexy t-rexy.ReplyCancel

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