Thank you for all your suggestions on my little settee redux project and the encouragement on my swap reveal! You've warmed the cockles of my heart. (My cockles have been very cold lately, thanks to Mr. Arctic Blast and temps of 18 degrees. I have found the best way to warm them up is heaping doses of vanilla creme steamers and emailing my sweet bloggy friends.) However, typepad comments are still acting up for me and sometimes I don't get all of them forwarded to my email. This is very frustrating, because am truly thankful when someone take a minute out of a busy day to leave a comment for little old me, freezing her patootie off on the prairie. XOXOXO
Lookie here! This is a project that got finished a week or so ago. This headboard was part of the 1970's bedroom set (mint condition dresser, night table, armoire, headboard and mirrors) I scored last summer for Hollywood's pre-teen bedroom makeover. The rest of the pieces got painted green or white and have been living a splendid life amidst Zach Efron posters, thousands of hoodie sweatshirts and Hillary Duff With Love perfume. Sweet.
The headboard, on the other hand, spent the first part of our winter in the garage, stashed behind a razor scooter, some milk bottles for recycling, and a tube of sand. (If you live where it ices and have ever owned a car without 4WD, you know why a 50 lb tube of sand is something you might have in your garage.)
So I finally got off my badonk and spray-painted it black. No primer. Just some water-based-go-on-anything-Krylon. I figured if it were made to stick to plastic, it would stick to 40 year old varnish. And it did. I heartily recommend this reckless approach to refinishing furniture. It took me about 20 minutes. Two 10-minute sessions of spraying. Done. Now it resides in our upstairs guest bedroom.
Also, the powder room is getting there. (Do you really need to see garish before pictures?) I have finished with the walls (appropriately called 'going gray', ahem), but I am painting white over dark wood trim and this is taking 6-7 coats, despite the awesome primer. Black spraypaint is so much easier -- I wish I could use it everywhere.
But WAIT, I DID use black spraypaint in the powder room!
And again, I highly recommend it.
I spraypainted the light fixture.
WHILE IT WAS ON THE WALL.
I swear, I did.
It was brass. And now, well... it's not. It's hammered black metal. And you'd never know all I did was take a $3 can to it.
The smart way is to remove it from the wall completely.
But we were already going to prime the wall and repaint the walls anyway, so why not save a few steps?
Here's how I did it:.
- Tackle it before you do any other painting in the room.
- Cover everything else with a drop cloth -- you have to spray from every angle -- door frames, faucets and the floor can all be casualties here. My floor is tile, so it just swept right up.
- Remove the glassware and the lightbulbs.
- Tape over the electric innards where the bulbs screw in.
- Spray 2-3 light coats from every angle.
- If you miss spots, you can touch them up with a SHARPIE. Ha. It's so high up there, no one notices.
- Then I primed and painted the bathroom.
Tada. Hands-on time: 10 mins!
Oh, and because they are pretty and it's practically Valentine's Day already, here are some creme cheese frosted red velvet cupcakes. Yes, they are good. The dye starts to bleed into the frosting after a day or two, but whatever. YUM.
And have you seen these CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE LOLLIPOPS from Bakerella??? Girl has got some mad cake-on-a-stick-making skills. Check her out!