Category Archives: Paint

What Do You Think About Denim?

I painted the conservatory ceiling Valspar’s “Hydrangea” which I love.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore's "Tea Light" on the walls and Valspar's "Hydrangea" on the ceiling.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Tea Light” on the walls and Valspar’s “Hydrangea” on the ceiling.

Originally I was thinking of painting it with Ralph Lauren’s denim technique.  I was pretty sure going over the ceiling at least 5 times (primer, 2 base coats, 1 glaze coat, one combing technique) would be way too labor intensive on a ceiling.

I never tired of the blue wallpaper above the paneling in the dining room.

I never tired of the blue wallpaper above the paneling in the dining room.

Meanwhile, in the dining room I’ve been waiting to find either wallpaper or fabric to finish the wall area above the judge’s rail height paneling.

The paneling will remain white but the area above definitely needs some color.

The paneling will remain white but the area above definitely needs some color.

The paneling is now white instead of limed woodtone but I still like the idea of blue up there.

I love this freeform splash of color!

I love this freeform splash of color!

I really wanted the Watercolor “Blue Drops” wallpaper which I could have for a small fortune. Maybe someday (when it’s discontinued).

PB Denim Wall

PB Denim Wall. (I prefer it without the map.)

Now I’m turning my thoughts to having some denim.

This area can be seen from the dining room.

This area can be seen from the dining room.

It would bridge the color gap between the “Tea Light” green conservatory and the “Waterbury Cream” kitchen.

The blue chairs in the living room are staying.

The blue chairs in the living room are staying.

It should also tie into the blue kitchen curtains, the blue of the conservatory ceiling, and the blue chairs in the living room.

I have some of our old wallpaper but I don't think it's the answer.

I have some of our old wallpaper but I don’t think it’s the answer.

I went to Home Depot this morning to get swatches of the denim palette because there are lots of choices.

Ralph Lauren "Blueprint" glaze over "Andover Blue" base.

Ralph Lauren “Blueprint” glaze over “Andover Blue” base.

Naturally there were no swatches available. After looking at the Ralph Lauren website I’m think I’m choosing between “Westport Blue” or “Blueprint” for the glaze.

The dining room ceiling is "Revere Pewter" by Benjamin Moore.

The dining room ceiling is “Revere Pewter” by Benjamin Moore.

The glaze can be painted over any color. My ceiling in the dining room is “Revere Pewter” and the adjacent living room walls are the same so perhaps something in this family (which includes “Edgecomb Gray”) should be the undercolor.

I'm pretty sure Charlie likes denim judging by his wardrobe.

I’m pretty sure Charlie likes denim judging by his wardrobe.

So what do you think of denim, pardner?

What’s your favorite color combination?

Spray Painting the Trim

Over a year ago I bought a paint sprayer and compressor.

I simple hand-held paint sprayer.

I simple hand-held paint sprayer.

Yesterday I finally used it.

The lumber from the living room has been moved into the east side yard.

The lumber from the living room has been moved into the east side yard.

Its first task was to coat the primed soon-to-be trim in “Mosaic White” semi-gloss.

These super long and low saw horses were perfect for spray painting.

These super long and low saw horses were perfect for spray painting.

Our carpenter friend built me a new pair of saw horses expressly for laying out the lumber and painting it.

After thinning the paint the spray painter gave a nice, even coat of paint.

After thinning the paint the spray painter gave a nice, even coat of paint.

We thinned the paint and checked the coverage on one of the new horses.

The painting went quickly.

The painting went quickly.

The weather was perfect — dry, warm, and breezy  — for fast drying paint.

We piled the newly painted wood with spacers between layers and covered the pile with tarps.

We piled the newly painted wood with spacers between layers and covered the pile with tarps.

He also made an outside storage tray for the 16-foot long lumber after it had been painted.

Lest you think I didn't get in on the action -- check out my protective gear.

Lest you think I didn’t get in on the action — check out my protective gear.

While we didn’t finish everything we definitely made a dent in the pile in the living room.

Do you don crazy get-ups for special jobs?

Painting Planters for Weeks

Well over a month ago I bought 3 large plastic planters into which to transplant our olive trees.

Naturally I adore this ochre planter from Provence.

Naturally I adore this ochre planter from Provence, the color I’m going for.

I decided to paint them yellow ochre.

The job of repainting these large planters is taking a long time.

I began with some Hubbell House Golden Maize which I had on hand.

Almost every nice day since them I’ve given them a coat of spray paint.

Gloss Sun Yellow by Rustoleum was a bit bright.

Gloss Sun Yellow by Rustoleum was a bit bright.

I started with some cheap cans ($1.50 each at WalMart) of yellow just to get started.

L to R:

L to R: Gloss Sun Yellow, Gold Rush, Gold Abundance, Outdoor Bright Yellow.

The second color was a gloss Sun Yellow and while the gloss looked great the color was a bit too bright.

The toned-down color on the left.

The toned-down color on the left.

I mottled the color with a satin (only choice) Outdoor Bright Yellow.  That did tone them down a bit.

These polycrylic and oil stain don NOT mix until you add some  paint, then it all smooths out.

These polycrylic and oil stain don NOT mix until you add some acrylic paint, then it all smooths out.

Then I mixed up some latex polyurethane, brown oil stain (which didn’t mix), yellow and tan acrylic.

I used an old brush to paint on the concoction of polyurethane, stain and paint.

I used an old brush to paint on the concoction of polyurethane, stain and paint.

I gave the planters a drippy coat of this to tone down the color even more.

The light blotch at the foot of the sawhorse is my entire first batch of special mix.

The light blotch at the foot of the sawhorse is my entire first batch of special mix.

Unfortunately I dipped about one brush worth and then the entire container fell on the ground.

We are getting closer to the color of the Anduze traditional planters in the top photo.

We are getting closer to the color of the Anduze traditional planters in the top photo.

I mixed it again and applied the tinted polyurethane to the planters.

Our harwood floors are finished with

Our hardwood floors are finished with SamSeal urethane.

After this layer dried I found some of the golden oil based polyurethane we used on the new hardwood floors.

I like the casual drippiness -- I did that on purpose.

I like the casual drippiness — I did that on purpose.

I was again hoping for some drips and that the color might add the honey tone found in real Anduze planters.

Honey in back, green in front.

Honey in back, green in front.

The planters are painted yellow ochre.

The planters are painted yellow ochre.

It wasn’t totally successful but a month later I’ve had enough.

Time to transplant.

Time to transplant.

We’re ready to plant. Oh, Charlie!

Do you start easy projects only to have them turn into an epic?

The Master Bathroom is Coventry Gray

I went to my local hardware store with a $5 coupon in hand to buy a gallon of Benjamin Moore’s “Coventry Gray”.

I used my freshly cleaned paintbrush to cut in the edges of the wall.

I used my freshly cleaned paintbrush to cut in the edges of the wall.

The next day before I went to work I cut in around the corners.

The painting in the bathroom went quickly since half of the room will be tiled.

The painting in the bathroom went quickly since half of the room will be tiled.

I had already painted the ceiling pale pink ages ago.

Before - white primer.

Before – white primer.

I'm working on choosing a vanity with a double sink to go under the bathroom window.

After — Coventry Gray

Today we’ll hang the wall light over the dressing table.

Are you working this weekend? Or taking it easy?

Yesterday Was Busy

A few odds and ends from the May list were accomplished yesterday.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

Early in the morning before I went to work I  cleaned one of my favorite paint brushes which I had allowed to harden beyond use.  It had been rinsed but the paint stiffened the brush too much.

I pour the brush cleaner into a metal can and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can's original lid back on to reuse next time.

I pour the brush cleaner into a metal can and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can’s original lid back on to reuse next time.

I used the last of my brush cleaner to soften the paint and then cleaned it well with a wire brush and running water.

I was happy to peel the tape and paper from the seeded glass it had protected.

I was happy to peel the tape and paper from the seeded glass it had protected.

Then I took my almost finished bathroom light to give it one more dab of spray paint on the areas that had been missed.

Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore should look good with the marble tile in the master bathroom.

Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore should look good with the marble tile in the master bathroom.

I’m hoping to hang it in the master bathroom this weekend after I paint the walls with Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore a gallon of which I purchased yesterday.

Even the first wet coat of Metallic Charcoal over the lightly sanded TV tray looks better (to me).

Even the first wet coat of Metallic Charcoal over the lightly sanded TV tray looks better (to me).

I also got started spray painting the TV trays that I think will end up looking a lot like Pottery Barn’s Carter tray table.

Charlie laid out all the tile for the conservatory bathroom to check for breakage and color differential.

Charlie laid out all the tile for the conservatory bathroom to check for breakage and color differential.

And the conservatory bathroom floor tile which I ordered on Sunday from Home Depot was delivered yesterday.

Each 10.5" by 10.5" mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

Each 10.5″ by 10.5″ mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

That was really fast.

The  hose bibb tucked into the niche near the bump out had begun to drip and build up an ice dam in winter.

The hose bibb tucked into the niche near the bump out had begun to drip and build up an ice dam in winter.

One more thing: our contractor came back to switch out the outdoor hose bibbs which had begun to drip. In the last week they had stopped dripping so we’re just going to keep an eye on them.

Charlie went down the road to collect bamboo for his garden trellises.

Charlie went down the road to collect bamboo for his garden trellises.

So lots of projects were meddled with yesterday.  That’s what I like to see.

Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening DIYer?

I Wired a $10 Light

A while ago (years maybe) I bought a $10 light at The Loading Dock in Baltimore.

The master closet now has a bare light bulb hanging rakishly from the ceiling.

The master closet now has a bare light bulb hanging rakishly from the ceiling.

I had the bright idea that it would look nice in our newly-built master closet.

$10 from the salvage yard.

$10 from the salvage yard.

The finish on it was vintage brass but it had become pitted over the years.

The spray painted pieces don't look like much.

The spray painted pieces don’t look like much.

I decided to give it my favorite metal finish: metallic charcoal.

Just returning the now-clean glass to the newly-painted frame is an improvement.

Just returning the now-clean glass to the newly-painted frame is an improvement.

After removing all the glass and spraying the metal parts, I rewired it. The original wiring fabric-covered and ragged.

The hardware store had a large selection of wire wherein we found exactly the right thing.

The hardware store had a large selection of wire wherein we found exactly the right thing.

Earlier in the day we had stopped at Clark’s Hardware for replacement candelabra parts. I had tried 3 other stores earlier in the week and was finally successful in finding the parts and wires for less than $8.

The wire was not difficult to guide through the metal tube.

The wire was not difficult to guide through the metal tube.

I threaded the wires up through the stem along with the copper grounding wire that came with the fixture.

The new sockets are repositioned on the fixture.

The new sockets are repositioned on the fixture.

I positioned the new sockets on the base and connected white wires to white and black wires to black with wire nuts.

Black to black, white to white, wire nuts and tape.

Black to black, white to white, wire nuts and tape.

The expert at the hardware store said to also use electrical tape which I did.  I thought it was overkill but then I’m no expert.

Before

Before

After

After

I put all the pieces pack together and, voila, a hanging fixture for our closet which, by the way, Charlie also likes.

What your latest “rewiring”?

Psssst!

I don’t have a secret.  I finally spent the day spray painting.

Here are the frames separated into individual pieces of our vintage patio set.

Here are the frames separated into individual pieces of our vintage patio set.

The weather was warm (above 50) and although it was a bit breezy I worked my way through 5 cans of Rust Inhibitor and Metallic Charcoal to cover my vintage patio set.

Coat after coat of Rustoleum Metallic Charcoal -- until it gleamed in the sun.

Coat after coat of Rustoleum Metallic Charcoal — until it gleamed in the sun.

I also used my rug cleaner recipe to clean the cushions. I squirted it on, brushed it in, and rinsed it off.

Most of the stains (see photo) came out after a good scrub and rinse.

Most of the stains (see before photo) came out after a good scrub and rinse.

The cushions are much cleaner.

I stood on the back steps and threw the pillows up to the roof.  One flew over the other side and landed n the mud.

I stood on the back steps and threw the pillows up to the roof. One flew over the other side and landed n the mud.

I was able to toss the cushions up to the bedroom porch from the conservatory steps.

After on the left, before on the right.

After on the left, before on the right.

I still need to get the last two chair frames up to the porch but at point everything is painted.

The cushions are drying but I plan to make this porch my 3-season headquarters.

The cushions are drying but I plan to make this porch my 3-season headquarters.

Everything aught to be dry enough to sit on tomorrow.

Two more pieces are waiting to be handed up to the master bedroom private porch.

Two more pieces are waiting to be handed up to the master bedroom private porch.

Woo hoo! I thought it would never get finished.

Inside — outside, where are you working (playing) this weekend?