We finally got around to putting up the ceiling fan in my son’s room, just in time for that heat wave thing. I spray painted this one just like I did its twin. (And then I painted this black fan too…) I’ve gotten a few questions about that process so here’s a few answers:Would I recommend doing this? If you are gutsy and don’t care if you ruin your cheap fan, YES! If you are a perfectionist who will stalk me if things go bad, NO! For the most amazingly precious fan ever made that I planned to keep forever but wanted in a different but high quality finish…I’d look into metal plating instead. But for dressing up a basic fan for your kid’s room, there’s not a lot to lose in my opinion.Paint? I used Rustoleum Specialty Metallic spray paint in gold. I’m not sure if it’s the best brassy tone out there, but it’s decent. It needs a few days to cure before install to avoid fingerprints, and even then it’s impossible to avoid all marks if installation gets hairy, which always seems to happen. Multiple coats are good! For this second fan I tried to get away with one but I regret my lazy choices.Disassemble the fan parts before painting? Yes. A couple of screws are usually all that is holding the thing together so a little disassembly is worth it.
Prep much? Probably. I did basically none for this second fan and it shows. I cleaned everything well but that’s it. Turns out, it was a bad day to be a half-asser. The installation turned sour and my paint job got scratched up during the process. Some sanding and priming (and more coats of paint) probably would have helped. Fan #1 was lightly sanded and held up better, but it also had an easier install (and more coats). The lesson here is that same as it always is: just do it right.If this is ending too abruptly and you need more ceiling fan talk, you can check out this post for some of the better ceiling fans I’ve found out there. Looks like I have some fan light straightening out to get to, so I’ll catch you next time!
Backyard projects continue with some patio furniture fixing and it’s super fun/nauseating. Most mornings this week have been spent getting high off of spray paint fumes while my kids are at school. I live a pretty clean life otherwise so when my husband commented that I could have just started drinking with the amount of damage I’m doing, my (weakened) brain quickly decided that if I’m gonna poison myself slowly I want it to go towards fresh patio furniture over every other vice imaginable. Priorities.
First up in my hack shop is this tulip table below. It’s a vintage knockoff of a Saarinen table. Possibly a Burke, though I’m having trouble identifying it. All I know is that it’s not a Knoll. And I just want to say that this project does not define who I am as a person because some shady stuff went down as it went from this to that:
While mosaics crossed my mind, like they do every second of every day, a big white top seemed like the right move. I was thinking that we’d make one but craigslist turned up a newer reproduction Saarinen dining table top for cheaper than we could reproduce and with a stronger finish than I could pull off at home. This space is used for sloppy backyard dinners and kid art projects so a durable and easy to clean top was important. I think it’s resin covered in glassy lacquer/poly. Whatever it is, it can take a beating. (I also take comfort in preworn things because I feel less likely to yell at my kids for scratching up things if they came that way. Do you think I need to talk to someone about that?) I was a little unsure about the size and during planning stages tried to figure the largest size that could safely balance on this 15″ base. Eero Saarinen supposedly wanted to rid the world of furniture leg slums (his words, not mine) with this pedestal design but the only downside is tippage capabilities. The best calculations I could come up with, based on existing coffee table’s dimensions and funny hand-drawn diagrams employing what little physics I remember, was that 46″-48″ was the max. This top is 47″ and it’s super sturdy on here and I feel emboldened to go even bigger one day. No tip overs expected.
Now about the base. I’m not one to butcher or alter vintage, but in this case, I went ahead with some atrocities. The original table came from a painter’s studio and the base was covered in paint and pretty dinged up. I respect the vintageness of it and tinkered around with keeping it black, but in the end white looked so much better and was what the selfish owner of this table really wanted. So I spray painted it. With appliance paint. (Seriously durable stuff when white or black is what you need). Geez, just how much disrespect can one girl pile on one table?
So that’s the short of it and now I’ve got a dream table but still haven’t found dream chairs. I’m waiting it out with this old Ikea set that might one day get a makeover of its own and find its way to the front yard. Either way, this is such an upgrade from before.And now I need to get back to paint huffing. I was SO happy to be done with spray painting yesterday until one of my dear children knocked down/climbed all over the last piece while it was drying. I over-reacted but my brain cells are on the line. I don’t know how much more Charlie Work my body can take.
Those Palm Springs houses put mine to shame and gave me some renewed enthusiasm for house projects, though time will tell how short-lived. Inspired, I eagerly painted our old front door the day after we got home before I even unpacked.To clarify, this door is on its way out as a new one sits in the garage waiting to be installed. Again, just call me crazy. But I’m sure it won’t be replaced for a least another few months and I’m so sick of looking at the beat up beige interior of this one. I took this opportunity to go peachy coral for a moment with some unused trim paint from the garage. I guess I’m going through a phase after my daughter’s bedroom. I can’t get enough of it and, though I don’t want this for the front door long term, it’s fun to switch things up. The color isn’t a dramatic change from what used to be on the exterior, but it looks so much better. Why didn’t I do this years ago? Oh, because of all the other projects I’ve been saying that about. Do you find my lack of baseboards disturbing?
In other incredibly exciting front door news, a new-to-me vintage escutcheon arrived! I’m pretty obsessed. It’s the original model of the reproduction Samba escutcheons that Rejuvenation sells. After so much internal debate about what knob/escutcheon to get for the new door, my heart kept coming back to this. I really prefer vintage and Rejuvenation stopped selling their escutcheon seperately from the knob, which I don’t love in combination with this plate. Waiting it out finally paid off. I was thrilled to have this NOS piece fall from the eBay sky a few weeks ago and now it’s all mine! Adding this to the list of fixtures I need to plunder if ever we move out of this house.The house exterior is demanding some major painting and landscaping, so I’ll be outside if you need me. xoxo
What? You aren’t painting your walls everyday? Odd, cause it seems I am. Which is probably fine with me, because when I think about dream jobs I often end up at maintenance painter for some wacky estate…or even better, Disneyland. Painting everyday. Making things fresh daily. Am I shooting for the moon with this one? By that rubric, my life is kind of great right now because I’m like a stay at home painter. Last week I got to spent some quality time painting my daughter’s new room. I used all of my most favorite painting tips and tricks so I thought I’d pass some along in case you are daily painting too.
NEVER BUY A BRUSH FROM HOME DEPOT. I’ve heard it said that a good painter could cut in with a broom and don’t doubt that to be true, but I like to do myself a solid and spend a few extra dollars on a quality brush that will be a joy to use and won’t get tossed in the trash, only to be replaced with another crappy brush. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Corona Chinex brushes. Especially this little 2″ Mini Boss if you are lacking in the man hands department (I never really noticed how fatigued my hands/fingers got until I switched to a small handled brush!). Their glide is the best and then they clean ridiculously easily. The brush below has been worked and it still looks and paints like new. When I don’t want to spend such a big chunk on a brush (like when I’m painting my fence), I’ve also had great success with a value brand $5 brush from an actual paint store that was cuts above the most expensive brush HD carries.BUT MAYBE BUY PAINT FROM HOME DEPOT: When it comes to paint, just buy the good stuff. I’m sure there are a lot of other great brands, but my go to is Behr. I’ve always been happy with their quality and their color matching. But even with the best paint, I always do two coats at least no matter what.
USE THE REFRIGERATOR: In between coats, I usually put my brush and roller (tray and all) in the fridge to avoid drying out, especially on warm/dry days. I wrap them tight in plastic and chill them…no dried paint crumbs, no cleaning and drying brushes between coats. My kids think paint brushes are hanging out in everybody’s fridge. I’ve heard of, and tried, the freezer also for longer breaks, though I prefer cleaning between coats when it will be more than a couple hours (don’t forget to thaw if you freeze!). USE TAPE SPARINGLY AND, WHEN YOU DO, AVOID TOUCH UPS: Learning to cut in is such a time and money saver. I wasn’t the cleanest cutter when I started, but I’ve gotten better with experience. For stripes or blocks when tape is necessary, I like to paint a layer of base coat over my tape line before painting the accent to prevent bleed through. This isn’t a new idea, but it’s a very useful one that I sometimes skip and then always regret during the touching up of mega bleed-throughs. I also always try to remove tape before my last coat is fully dry, which gives such better results than waiting until everything is bone dry. I always have peels if I wait too long. If there is cured coats of paint involved then I usually score with a razor blade before removing. Am I the only one that has trouble with this? It’s one of the main reasons I avoid tape. Maybe it’s just Behr paint?
Please share any favorite painting tips because I still have a long list of projects to tackle! Happy painting everybody!!!
Out of nowhere, this room sneak-attacked my heart and I think it may have shoved into #1 ROOM position. This used to be my children’s shared bedroom, but we recently broke ’em into two and have slowly been trying to put together two new spaces. I shared the plans last time for this space for my daughter and, as you may be able to tell, those plans spontaneously changed and I’m so glad they did! A different layout than I wanted forced my creative hand and the geometric, color-blocked result is better than anything I had in mind before. It’s a little 60’s and a little 80’s neo-50’s, feminine enough for her but modern enough for me, fun but simple, and I’m in love. So is my girl. Eight year old her likes many traditionally girly things (which I did the opposite of push), like ballet and flowers and pink and princesses. Eight year old me, on the other hand, was asking for more black in my wardrobe and trying to convince my mom to take me to New Jersey so I could meet Bon Jovi. I’m not sure exactly what that says about me, my daughter, or JBJ, but I think it’s of note here because design can be the great unifier! The half wall plus wrap-around paint job was born out of my discontent with the odd accent wall plan mentioned last time. This color (Behr Sunset Strip) is bold and a little makes a big impact, so I was worried the whole wall would be too much, especially when executed on a random wall. Late at night before paint day, I remembered how great half painted walls are. I don’t love wainscoting but I love how wainscoted rooms can be painted intense colors and never feel overwhelming. I’ve seen the color blocking trend popping up in interiors and although I’ve never thought, hey I need that in my house, it was such an obvious solution here. I had my heart set on bright white walls and a restrained hit of bright coral and this was the great meshing of the two, like a clean, modern interpretation of wainscoting. As I was messing around with walls and proportions, I loved the idea of wrapping it around the corner of the bed. I’ve never met a corner-placed bed that I was into – until now.
And now some dope before and afters for your viewing pleasure…
Eventually we’ll get around to replacing this old carpet with wood floors and new baseboards, though my daughter is fighting hard to keep carpet.
I’m proud to say that, other than a quart of paint, I purchased NOTHING for this room. Everything was plundered (even those fish from the bathroom, turned DIY kooky mobile), leaving me with quite a few holes to fill in other rooms. Seriously, you should see the place. It looks like we’ve been ransacked. So, I’m off to take back my home (from myself). Thanks for reading the internet! Until next time. xoxo