Have you ever actually read the instructions on the back of a can of spray paint? I know, I know…the writing is tiny, it’s not very interesting, and the “how to” of using a can of spray paint seems pretty elementary. But really, those directions are there for a reason.
Believe it or not, I read the directions on every brand that I use, because they’re all a little different. They tell you what the temperature should be when using their product. Use in temperatures between 50 degrees and 90 degrees. They tell you what the humidity should be. Use in humidity under 85%. They tell you how long to wait before re-coating. Recoat within one hour or after 24 hours. That one’s always seemed a little strange to me.
But what I’ve learned…the hard way…over the years is that those directions aren’t really put there for entertainment purposes. They really do serve an important purpose.
So what happens when you don’t follow the directions? Well yesterday, I learned the hard way (for about the 12th time). I was anxious to work on the green lamps for J & A’s bedroom. The weather was beautiful–sun shining, not too windy. It was perfect for spray painting. So I got the lamps all taped up, gathered my supplies, and went outside. Within a minute, the weather changed. The humidity rolled in, so thick you could cut it with a knife. Then came the little sprinkles, followed by a downpour about a minute later.
So what did I, master spray-painter who knows better than to paint in that kind of weather, decide to do? I moved my stuff under the covered walkway and painted. Want to see what happens when you get too anxious and don’t follow directions?
Yeah…isn’t that pretty? It didn’t do it immediately. It took about an hour to get to that point. But yeah…my impatience and thumbing my nose at the very clear directions cost me time and paint. And I knew better.
So, after about 30 minutes of scraping, peeling, and sanding, that left my countertop and floor like this…
My next project was the special-buy mirror from Home Depot that I got for $30. It really was a fantastic bargain, but I absolutely couldn’t stand the finish that was on the frame. It was too factory-looking…too plastic-looking. I wish it really showed in the photo, but it doesn’t.
Then I used a dry-brushing technique with some black and green paint to give it a not-so-perfect aged look. Here’s how it turned out.
So much better!! Now it looks less like a look-at-this-cheap-mirror-I-found-in-the-bargain-section-of-Home-Depot mirror, and more like a look-at-this-great-antique-that-I-found-in-grandma’s-attic kind of mirror. Don’t you think?
Well, I better get busy! It’s Day 2 of my crazy busy week, and since I lost some time yesterday with this stupid spray paint thing, I have some major ground to cover today!!
Hope you have a great day!