I think it’s true that once you get off your lazy ass and accomplish something small, you are motivated to tackle larger challenges.
So when I started getting all jazzed up about the house facelift, I wanted to start small.
And well, make everything all shiny. . .and not in a clean shiny way. . .
So I got me some spray paint and well, frankly, no surface in this joint is safe any longer. . .
Exhibit A: These Stars
They had hung in our kitchen for oh at least 7 years now. . .but I was never happy with the colors. They felt a little old-fashioned or country-ish for my liking. Yet, I never got around to correcting the problem. Until last week.
While they don’t contrast with the “restoration ivory” color of the walls as much as they did in their previous colors, I still like them better this way. I’m not sure how much longer all three will stay in exactly that spot but for now at least I’m not distracted by their colors.
Exhibit B: These Elephants
They too have been hanging around for a good number of years. I thought the poses were cute but didn’t really love the hodge podge of animal print they were sporting. Yet, I didn’t do anything about it until last week.
Now they make he much happier.
Exhibit C: Plastic Toy Animals
I know! I know you’re thinking I totally jumped the spray painting shark with this one! I promise you I have an idea for a few of these little fellows. I swear! I picked up a package on sale for $2.99 ages ago. But I couldn’t bring myself to hand them over to Mac. For one thing, a few of them had these creepy red eyes that weirded me out and I really didn’t want to run the risk of his becoming attached to something that weirded me out (well, Husband aside).
So I figured I’d just doctor them up a little. . .
A much improved menagerie.
In every instance I used the same technique:
1. In a well ventilated area, away from anything I remotely cared NOT to get spray paint on, I gave the objects two thin coats of white spray paint. The paint I used was actual white indoor/outdoor spray paint. (It was NOT a primer. Although, if you are going to be bumping around an object – like a chair or something or it’s going to be outdoors, primer is probably a good idea).
2. Keep your spraying hand moving rapidly and fluidly over the surfaces and use only enough pressure on the nozzle to create a fine mist with the paint. You don’t want drips!
3. After the two white base coats dried well, I busted out metallic silver and gold. And I alternated thin coats/layers, playing around with shading, coverage, etc until I had the finish I desired.
4. I didn’t notice a horrific oder lingering around the objects after the paint dried. If you are concerned about fumes lingering, just make sure to place your objects in a well ventilated, less trafficked area for a few days until you feel comfortable moving them into your living space.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to waste more time, wandering around the house looking for more items to make super shiny. . .