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This has been a lovely project for me…I kinda started it on a whim after I hadn’t picked up a white paint brush for a while…and now I can’t stop again lol
Someone recently asked me why I liked to paint things white.
And I couldn’t really put my finger on it succinctly…it’s just what I like doing, not the saving the landfill stuff or even the vintage treasure hunting chase thrill stuff…though that’s good….but more just that this is something that I enjoy…when all the real crazy stuff is going on around me, white paint soothes all that…with a very busy life, the challenges of being a busy mum to three kiddos, one especially whose talents take me all over the place as chief taxi-driver and often leave me exhausted (but you don’t wanna read about that huh…who wants to read the trials and tribulations of motherhood on here? for sure not me)…doing this is just time for me to indulge…a bit like some people love to bake…
I don’t deny that baking a cake may be a bit easier for some though and certainly having to haul this into the back of one’s car, hide it in the garage for a few months, persuade one’s teenage son to help you move it and bring it in is probably more trouble than greasing a baking tin and sifting a few cups of flour…but for me…totally worth it.
Along the way though in this painting journey of mine I have taken radical steps to find a formula that fits in with said life of mother to three….these steps, come upon through trial and error now leave me with a strategy of attack that gets it done just as if I were baking a cake.
First off I nearly always bring things into the house to paint them…you will probably always find something in here at some stage of completion in some obscure place and there are always splats of paint on the floor…some people have asked on here when I’ve shown pics of pieces halfway done on dust sheets in my bedroom or Sitting Room, why I do it that way…I dunno, it just suits…
Second I always leave my decorating/paint clothes nearby…so if you happen to be walking past a house on the beaches of Sydney and look in the window in the middle of the day and see a rather odd scene with a woman in her undies slipping on her husband’s painting t-shirt, that would be me.
Thirdly I never start one of these bigger projects if I am too over-scheduled…each step needs a block of time set aside, it’s nice if that is a couple of hours, but often it isn’t, in reality, that long…. there is nothing worse than rocking up to pick up a kiddo from sport late in one’s husband’s decorating clothes with white paint all over your hands and lumps of it in your hair and bumping slap into yummy mummy in her Porsche 4 x 4. Yeah not quite the best look dahling. What you mean you paint things YOURSELF!??
Forthly I break it down into steps and coats…starts with the cleaning step…which I always try to do really really fast, ‘cos I am really really impatient…but have to accept that the basics here must be done….with a pouty lip of course…don’t do this step and you will have grimy bits of grit in your newly painted beauty
here’s how she looked before (you can find more details on the Dresser Before Post here)
and here’s the difference after painting one door
I always vacuum over…this is the quickest way to start off and removes grime from the crevices super fast…plus it scoops up any other dirt, cobwebs and grit that may happen to be lurking on your flea market find
Next I clean with soap and water and a bucket and then disinfect with Dettol, disinfecting is probably totally unnecessary if you are a real painter, but for me kinda essential.
Most importantly in the Beach Cottage Painting Things White Forumla For Success I will rarely rarely sand the piece before painting, I have swiftly ditched this step along the way…and it has never been to the detriment of the makeover..I just find doing this step adds to the complication and it’s not needed with today’s paint technology, perhaps I am a tardy painter, making excuses or more likely it’s the rebel in me eschewing formality…
Then I use each coat as a step…and depending on how long I have will finish up in between, remove the clothes and run out the door to the school run….to come back to it later nicely dried.
So what follows is two steps of primer, and then with this one there were three coats of enamel…it could have done with four if you look closely and for sure there are a few runs on this where I was slapping it on quite thickly…don’t do that, have more patience than me and go for nice thin layers…
If it’s getting a distress, which mine usually, though not always are, it’s best to wait a couple of days for the paint to cure and harden up…you can do it after the specified drying time but I always think it’s better if you wait.
and then the surprisingly fairly time-consuming, yet oddly rewarding step is the attacking with sandpaper on the edges
And lastly the fun bit…playing stylists with pretty, white and vintage things…
So, what do you think?
I’ll be off now, have to run, I am going for a run…;-)
See you again some time
Yours in white, love hearts, jugs, bottles, vintage cups, starfish, driftwood and pitchers
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