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Painting and Painting

Last weekend we took a road trip to Richmond.  Needless to say nothing was accomplished at the house but it was great to have a change of scenery and a change of pace. Nose to the grindstone my plan today is to paint the master suite hallway walls with Benjamin Moore “Moonshine”.

The hallway between the master bedroom and the closet and bathroom is finally on the paint list.

The hallway between the master bedroom and the closet and bathroom is finally on the paint list.

Two days ago it was over 70 degrees in our fair city so I also planned to do some spray painting while the hallway paint is drying.  Spray painting is best accomplished outside and in temperatures above 50 degrees.

After the walls are painted we'll hang the top of our planned linen closet.

After the walls are painted we’ll hang the top of our planned linen closet.

My spray paint projects are as follows:

  • tray tables

    Ready for these to be plain.

    Ready for these to be plain.

  • new lighting fixture

    Faux painted bronze to charcoal metallic.

    Faux painted bronze to charcoal metallic.

  • vintage patio set

    The cushions will stay the same but the "ironwork" will be dark.

    The cushions will stay the same but the “ironwork” will be dark.

I’m monitoring the temperature and hoping it will hit 50+ today.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color which I found is still sold at WalMart.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color which I found is still sold at WalMart.

For all of these projects I’m using my go-to color: Metallic Charcoal by Rustoleum. At one point I thought this paint was discontinued but I have found it at WalMart.

What’s your favorite spray paint color? On what have you used it?

I Took Your Advice

Last week I asked my readers to suggest which of two sinks I should choose for the conservatory bathroom. I want to start by thanking you for your input and especially the “whys” of your choices.

The Ikea Odensvik is 39-3/8 inches wide and 19-1/4 inches deep

The Ikea Odensvik is 39-3/8 inches wide and 19-1/4 inches deep

The vote seemed to be unanimous for the Ikea sink (the smaller of the two).

The 19-1/4" deep sink will sit well inside the 25" niche.

The 19-1/4″ deep sink will sit well inside the 25″ niche.

When I remeasured the space I decided the smaller sink would proportionally be a great fit.

The Odensvik sink is a rectangular bowl one-piece sink and counter.

The Odensvik sink is a rectangular bowl one-piece sink and counter.

On the way home from our Richmond trip we stopped at the Ikea store in Wooodbridge to purchase the Odensvik sink (which comes in 4 sizes.)

Porcelain sink with raised edges to contain the water.

Porcelain sink with raised edges to contain the water.

It is regularly priced at $120 but for Ikea Family members the price is $102.  I signed up to become a family member.

We also purchased a coordinating faucet with a tall spout. Charlie tried manhandling one in the store display and, when he could not easily dismember it, gave his OK to purchase.

The faucet fits on the one hole just behind the sink bowl.

The faucet fits on the one hole just behind the sink bowl.

Now we have the sink and faucet for the conservatory bathroom which cannot be installed until:

  1. the floor is leveled
  2. the floor is waterproofed
  3. the floor is tiled
  4. the vanity is designed
  5. the vanity is installed (We’re making it ourselves like we did the kitchen island.)

The progress is slow-going but 2 years ago this space didn’t even exist.

What’s your springtime project?

Dear Valspar

I told you I had had a problem with some interior room paint a while back in the comment portion of the post. So, as I said I would should, here’s my letter to Valspar. (Because they have a form on their website and not an actual email address I couldn’t send the photos.)

Valspar's customer service form.

Valspar’s customer service form.

Dear Valspar,

Recently I painted a ceiling with your Aspire paint in the color Hydrangea purchased at Ace Hardware.  I loved it.  It both brushed and rolled on beautifully.

Valspar Aspire

Valspar Aspire

One week forward I went to Lowes to buy gallon of eggshell paint in the color Seed which could only be mixed in your Reserve formula for almost twice the price of the Aspire.

Lowes had to mix the "Eddie Bauer" color in the expensive paint; Ace didn't carry the "Eddie Bauer" line so could mix it in a less expensive base.

Lowes had to mix the “Eddie Bauer” color in the Valspar Reserve.

I used this paint to paint both the walls and ceilings of a small bathroom.  What a chore! The paint was thin and runny; not at all what I expected.

Just wanted to let you know I won’t be using your “top of the line” formula in the future.

Sincerely,

Jo

How do you handle product complaints?

If the Weather

If the weather will just turn nice I have a bunch of things to paint outside.

Faux marbre painted TV tray tables.

Faux marbre painted TV tray tables.

Almost 3 years ago I painted the tops of my grandmother’s TV trays from the 1960s.

Before on left, after on right. (The far right tray has the truest rendition of color.)

Before on left, after on right.

At one time their faux marcasite original finish was quite posh looking.  Now I’m even tired of the blue faux marbre finish I painted.

The Carter tray table can be set up almost anywhere.

The Carter tray table can be set up almost anywhere.

While sorting my papers to see if any were trash I found a sheet ripped from an old Pottery Barn catalog that had the picture of a Carter metal folding tray table in black which costs $179.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color which I found is still sold at WalMart.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color which I found is still sold at WalMart.

Admittedly my tables are not metal but I think they’d look great in black.  Maybe a combination of black and metallic charcoal grey which when sanded looks a lot like slate.

Sanded metallic charcoal looks like slate on these picture frames and might look just as good on my tray tables.

Sanded metallic charcoal looks like slate on these picture frames and might look just as good on my tray tables.

I’m ready to paint.  Now, if the weather would just turn.

What’s the first thing you’ll do when the weather turns nice again?

Another Rainy Saturday

The forecast for today’s weather is rain, rain, and more rain.

100% chance of rain, hour after hour.

100% chance of rain, hour after hour.

Unfortunately my plan for today was to finish painting the master suite ceilings.

This ceiling needs a second coat.

This ceiling needs a second coat.

I hate painting in the rain.  The only consolation is that I don’t need to count on drying time since everything already has one coat of paint.

Before the floors are tiled the floor outside the shower must be level with the floor inside.

Before the floors are tiled the floor outside the shower must be level with the floor inside.

I also want to figure out how much plywood and cement board we will need to put on the conservatory and master bathrooms floors to bring them up to the level of the shower pans.

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

Leveling those floors is the next step before the shower floors are covered with a Schluter KERDI waterproofing membrane.

Bathroom basketweave floor tile -- white for the conservatory and marble for the master.

Bathroom basketweave floor tile — white for the conservatory and marble for the master.

Then I can order the tile. THEN I can decide if this is a job for Charlie and me or if we need to hire it out.

And I’m getting my hair cut .  .  . I mean CUT OFF. Yeah!

Saturday plans? More fun than mine?

Small But Necessary Tasks

Yesterday we started early and made a big loop ending up at our local Ace hardware store for a gallon of “Head-Over-Heels” paint.

We used "Head Over Heels" in our smallest bedroom.

We used “Head Over Heels” in our smallest bedroom.

They also had their garden seeds displayed so we bought 5 packs of Botanical Interests “French filet” green beans since they’re our favorite and sometimes sell out before we have a chance to buy them. Green beans in our area don’t get planted until May 1st.

The first year we bought French filet beans Charlie counted the seeds in a packet.

The first year we bought French filet beans Charlie counted the seeds in a packet. (Approximately 85)

Our garden is still covered with snow but the temperature next week should melt the snow and let Charlie plant sugar snap peas, radishes, and a vegetable to surprise me.

The outlines of the garden squares are just visible from the kitchen window.

The outlines of the garden squares are just visible from the kitchen window.

Back to my paint story.  I had planned to buy the pale pink paint at half tint to paint the ceilings of the master suite. The woman at the paint counter said they don’t mix custom proportions anymore so I bought it anyway.

I mixed about a half gallon of pale pink with about the same amount of white primer in one of the 2-gallon primer buttons.

I mixed about a half gallon of pale pink with about the same amount of white primer in one of the 2-gallon primer buttons.

At home I mixed the pink paint approximately 50-50 with white primer.

We've used pale pink on most of the ceilings on the second floor.

We’ve used pale pink on most of the ceilings on the second floor.

 

These smaller ceilings are not difficult like the bedroom and the conservatory.

These smaller ceilings are not difficult like the bedroom and the conservatory.

Charlie and I started painting the ceilings.

With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

I’m eager to get these walls painted so we can hang our new cabinet.

Can you recommend an early spring crop?

Live and Learn — WHEN?

I try to get even small discounts and bargains when I can. When I didn’t have enough of the conservatory wall color to finish the attached bathroom, I decided to use a slightly lighter and brighter shade of green.

"Seed" in the bathroom; "Tea Light" in the conservatory.

“Seed” in the bathroom; “Tea Light” in the conservatory.

Last week I bought a gallon of Valspar paint at my local Ace hardware for $27 I thought I could save a couple of dollars by buying it at Lowes.

This is a fairly true rendition of the color in the conservatory.

This is a fairly true rendition of the color in the conservatory.

I forgot to ask before the paint counter attendant mixed the paint “how much?”  Guess how much. $45 much. Such much. YIKES! When am I going to learn?

Lowes had to mix the "Eddie Bauer" color in the expensive paint; Ace didn't carry the "Eddie Bauer" line so could mix it in a less expensive base.

Lowes had to mix the “Eddie Bauer” color in the expensive paint; Ace didn’t carry the “Eddie Bauer” line so could mix it in a less expensive base.

Today I’m going to use that newly purchased gallon of paint to cover both the walls and ceiling of the conservatory bathroom.

Hoping the tile will look like this.

Hoping the tile will look like this.

The shower walls and backsplash will be covered in Snow Frost glass subway tile so it shouldn’t look like a little green box.

The conservatory bathroom has only the 24-inch round window, otherwise it is brightened by a recessed light in the shower and a wall fixture over the sink.

The conservatory bathroom has only the 24-inch round window, otherwise it is brightened by a recessed light in the shower and a wall fixture over the sink.

In contrast to the bright conservatory, the bathroom has only one small round window to supply natural light so the lighter color should both coordinate and brighten the room.

What lesson have you learned and then forgot at an inconvenient time?