Category Archives: Paint

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?

Rug Ordered; Furniture Painting Started

You all helped me a lot to make the final decision of which rug to order for the master bedroom porch.

I picked one of these rugs.

I picked one of these rugs.

I liked all of them although I was leaning toward one in particular, so I ordered it in 8′-6″ by 13′. I used a 10% discount and free shipping. When it gets here you’ll get to see it.

I cleaned up the aluminum furniture before painting it.

I cleaned up the aluminum furniture before painting it.

I also started painting the furniture.  First coat: Rustoleum Rust Reformer.

Rust Reformer is the base coat.

Rust Reformer is the base coat.

Then as many light coats as it takes of Charcoal Metallic.

Rustoleum Charcoal Metallic

Rustoleum Charcoal Metallic

The weather is finally nice enough to hang outside. Yea!

What’s your first spring project?

Yesterday’s Progress

Another blustery day so no spray painting.  Grrr.

Can't wait to transform this closet into a clothing storage dream  -- but I must wait until a floor is installed. Rats!

Can’t wait to transform this closet into a clothing storage dream — but I must wait until a floor is installed. Rats!

Instead I gave the master closet a second coat of paint and called it finished for now.

The first fixture.

The first fixture.

Then I climbed up the ladder under the position for the second hall lighting fixture. (We installed the first one here.)

Charlie did the wiring, I screwed the fixture to the ceiling.

Charlie did the wiring, I screwed the fixture to the ceiling.

Charlie asked me what I was doing and when I told him, “getting ready to install the light” he took over.  He did let me help.

I replaced the standard frosted bulb with clear flame-shaped bulbs.  They are invisible when the light is off and cast an interesting pattern when on.

I replaced the standard frosted bulb with clear flame-shaped bulbs. They are invisible when the light is off and cast an interesting pattern when on.

Tra-la-la-la.

A warm air duct is located in the master suite hall.

A warm air duct is located in the master suite hall.

And I located (in a box in the back bedroom after looking all over the house) the vent cover for the master hall air duct.

I hate painting these grilles -- they never look right to me.

I hate painting these grilles — they never look right to me.

I painted it “Moonlight” before letting Charlie screw it on the wall. (Are you seeing how this works. He’s such a control freak!)

We're leaving the vent cover in the open position.

We’re leaving the vent cover in the open position.

Baby steps. Oooooh, Baby.

Happy Resurrection Day!

How are you celebrating?

Mixing It Up

Mixing it up is a nice way of saying I can’t seem to focus on one project.

The ceiling is a custom pale pink and the walls "Moonshine".

The master closet ceiling is a custom pale pink and the walls “Moonshine”.

Yesterday I painted the master closet.  Today is gets a second coat.

The woodpile and scattered lumber had gotten out of hand.

The woodpile and scattered lumber had gotten out of hand.

The pile has been cleaned up.

The pile has been cleaned up.

Charlie cleaned up some of the debris in the yard. I’m not sure what he did with it but I don’t see it anymore.

As I suspected the trim was glued on.

As I suspected the trim was glued on.

I also started taking apart the cabinet for the linen closet bottom.

I'm not sure how to go about remove a measly 1/4 inch.

I’m not sure how to go about remove a measly 1/4 inch.

I need 1/4 inch removed from each side of the top.  That ought to be easy, huh?

I must get rid of the cinder block and the 2 by 4 on the door frame.

I must get rid of the cinder block and the 2 by 4 on the door frame.

I’m also working on the master bedroom porch since it’s finally warm enough to sit outside.

Spring is trying very hard to get started.

Spring is trying very hard to get started.

The best thing I had noting to do with: Our lilac bushes are starting to bud out.

PS Happy birthday to my favorite boy!

How’s spring in your area?

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?