Nursery Progress- I Heart Spray Paint9:57 AM
Many of you are my facebook friends so if you pay any attention whatsoever to my status updates, you basically have a sneak preview into what I may be blogging about. Perhaps I'm being presumptuous and you don't read my status updates (Do you mean to tell me that reading about Genevieve's milestones isn't riveting?!) If not, the fact that I had all of last week off and primarily worked my butt (I want to say a$$ but my husband (and my Lord and Savior?) may frown upon it) off painting and cleaning with some Genevieve love and CHASING thrown in for good measure is news to you.
Make lantern mobile
As if I could get all of this done in one week--and really 4 days because the 4th of July and the weekends on either end of the holiday were shot. On those days, I can't
The other great thing about this project was that I have been very, very tempted to get a used Jenny Lind crib and paint it a bright fun color (as discussed here). Painting this Jenny Lind style magazine rack would give me a tiny taste of what a crib painting project would entail. The end result: hell no. Sorry for the potty mouth today but seriously I need to get across how adamant I am that I just couldn't handle that project in 90 degree temps at 33 weeks preggers. No matter how stinkin cute painted Jenny Linds are!! So anyway, here is another before shot:
What a difference a bit of color makes huh?! This project was fairly easy--if it wasn't for all the spindles (especially those little annoying ones in the middle!) I'd label it super easy. I didn't sand it or prime it or anything. I figured since I wasn't painting it white, priming wouldn't really afford me the convenience of using fewer coats anyway, and although priming is always a good idea, I think in this case it was totally worth skipping. I did take the time to do an acrylic top coat. I've learned from spray painting other things that scratches occur pretty easily if you don't do enough coats and/or use a top coat. I've also learned to follow the recommendations for repeating coats. I used both Krylon and Valspar for this job (not surprising, the Valspar was a bit better) and both had guidelines as far as waiting 10 minutes between coats but not longer than an hour. If you wait longer than an hour, you have to wait 24 hours...I think this is because of the wrinkling that can occur when you're doing multiple coats. (I've learned this the hard way also). The main thing to remember about spray paint is the thinner the coats the better (even if that means you have to do a lot of coats) and to take your time. One thing I've learned as I've gotten more into crafting, upcycling, etc, is that I don't take my time on anything. Ever. It's a really bad habit and rushing through something (especially at the tail end of a project) is really, well dumb! You can ruin hours of work, which I almost did by rushing to get it complete. So there's my two cents on spray painting. And here's a cost breakdown:
Magazine rack: free
Spray paint: approximately $12 (2 cans of valspar, 1 can of krylon, 1 can of krylon top coat)
Stay tuned for my post about painting Genevieve's rocking chair...and the biggest project I accomplished, refinishing the changing table.