Friday, May 1, 2009

One project down,many more to go

Disney was fantastic but I'm glad to be home and getting back in the swing of things. My husband has been on a business trip which means I have been frantically making use of crafting time while he is away. I have several projects that were waiting painting and I have worked on them and even completed one! Remember how my mom helped me sew this fantastic letter S? I put it in a frame I had and it's been hanging on the wall. But the frame was a mahogany color and I didn't like the contrast on the black fabric. I have been planning on painting it and finally got it done. Here is the frame before...

And here it is after. Much better. I really didn't like that gold matting.

Ok, so it's kind of hard to tell in these pics but I am liking it much better. I even hung it at the height I want it (as opposed to the height where there was already a hole in the wall. JM is irrationally protective when it comes to putting new holes in the wall.)

Here are a few things I've learned while working on these projects. I'm still in the middle of painting a few other things too.

  1. You should NOT use the same place on the drop cloth to paint something white after you have painted something black. You end up getting black smudges on what you are trying to paint white.
  2. Lots of spray painting will eventually leads to muscle strain and stiff fingers.
  3. It takes MANY cans of spray paint to do a whole bed, even a toddler bed.
  4. I'm a pretty lazy spray painter. I spray in one long continuous stream instead of short bursts as recommended. I'm also too lazy to wipe away drips. I wait for it to dry before hosing it down again with enough to cover the drip.
  5. I have no idea how to determine if a project calls for spray paint or regular paint. I'm thinking I should have gone for regular paint on the toddler bed. I will certainly buy a can for when I get to the dresser.

If any of you out there are wiser than me on this last problem, please enlighten me!

Linking to Remodeling Guy and Hooked on Houses.


ilovemy5kids said...

I love monograms! What an awesome idea!

Brittany Marie said...

I would monogram everything if I could. That is really cute!

ukyankoz said...

That is so pretty! Well done!

JanMarie said...

Very nice!

Remodeling Guy said...

Looks Great! Kim made a quilt with those same colors! Love it! Thanks for joining the party!


DesignTies said...

I've been going crazy with spray paint lately too :-) I hear you on the stiff finger thing!!

I'm not really sure how to determine whether or not you should spray paint something. I'd base the decision on how hard the piece would be to paint with a brush & roller. If it has a lot of nooks and crannies or intricate detailing, I'd go with spray paint.

That being said, I've just spray painted a bunch of planters. Spray paint made the job a lot easier!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Jadehollow said...

Great Job Jessica.. here's a lil tip for spray paint finger syndrome. Wal-Mart has this handy lil attachment you just pop on a spray paint can.. has a trigger on it.. and it is AWESOME. Best of all it's less that 4 bucks.
Happy spraying. Thanks for sharing your projects.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

I so hear ya! I am addicted to Krylon's Ballet Slipper pink. I have an emergency can hidden after the last time I ran out. Must. Not. Deplete. Supply.

Great post!

Julie and Carlos said...

Jess - we used a spray for the boy's cars bed but only because it was a only paint formulated for plastic - and even after several coats and polyurethane it is scratching off. Use a good quality water based high gloss paint for beds/dressers with a good brush (Purdy brand is good_. Spray polyeurethane over the spray paint to help it last.