I have several painting projects that I never got to over the summer because of the five kids, the heat, and the humidity. As I get the house cleaned up and ready for the fall decorating I have planned for Labor Day weekend, I decided it was time to tackle my painting project list.
First up was the hardware from the first floor hallway overhead light. This hardware was originally golden/brassy. As we’ve renovated our home over the past seven years, we’ve been switching to a nickel/steel finish for the lighting and switch plates. I’ve also been adding black accents here and there like a candle-stick lamp in the dining room. I didn’t want to replace this hallway light because I do love the glass globe, but the brassy hardware just doesn’t match the rest of the house.
I don’t have nickel-finish spray paint on hand, and I’m not sure that I would like how it looks, but I do have glossy black. When the hardware was dry after two coats (it was hard doing a good job on the little knob), I put the hardware back on the light. I still need to spray the wall mount, but the light is in a high traffic area for five kids, i.e. at the bottom of the second floor stairs. I’m saving that project for nap time during the school year.
My other project was spray painting the shelves shown above. These shelves live on our back porch, and the black has faded from the sun and rusted a bit over the years. Since the shelves live outside, I didn’t care about making the new finish smooth. I simply wiped the shelves down to get rid of the dust and dirt, and sprayed two coats of paint. The two coats helped me get into all the crevasses of the wire shelves. And no, I didn’t flip the shelves over to get underneath. This was a top coat only.
My next project is a small bench that sits on our front porch. I’m spray painting it satin espresso brown to create a better back drop for my fall pumpkins, if there are any left after the squirrels have been in the pumpkin patch. I used this color when I did my fabulous $20 bench in the spring, and loved the lower gloss finish.
This post is part of :
- Works for Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.
- Refinished Furniture Party at The Thrifty Home
- Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking