As mentioned in my resolutions I want to stop being afraid of DIY jobs as my mind always runs to the worst case scenario (like I screw up the paint, somehow impale or electrocute myself).
A while back I split black tea on a side table and it wouldn’t come off which has annoyed me for a while so I covered the side table in random bits and pieces to hide the mess, which annoyed me further as I hate clutter.
Since I want to make progress on my resolutions, which will hopefully aid my recovery I decide that this was a nice place to test the waters so to speak. While on the great plant buying missing on January 2017, I also brought a sample pot of Dulux interior paint, a paintbrush, and a drop sheet.
I decided a bright colour would make me happy to look at so I went with Dulux Australia Riviera Sea, a beautiful bright teal. The table I was paint was from Kmart Australia and doubles as a storage option for my yarn as well, so I had to paint the main table and it’s interior and the lid, both sides. Now I was lucky in that the table I was painting didn’t need sanding (ok so I forgot to sand it, and it ended up not being an issue), and every more importantly the legs unscrewed so I didn’t have to go to great lengths taping and protecting them.
It came up so much better than I thought it would, however I forgot to take a before photo so here are the in-progress and complete photos.
Lois’ Lessons Learnt
- Take before photo. I forgot and I wanted to be able to see the change clearly.
- Check to see if the object to be painted needs to be prepped in anyway.
- Use a drop sheet and have rags ready to wipe up errors. While I had the drop sheet ready to go I forgot to have rags and a cloth handy. This meant the first time I made a mistake I had to running inside to grab a cloth which wasn’t fun.
- As I was painting in my garage I was sitting on concrete, which wasn’t fun at all so next time I will buy a large form mat to put under drop sheet for my comfort and sanity, I can’t recommend this enough.
- Also I was listing to music via Spotify and please make sure you pick a playlist that won’t annoy you/ make you want to listen to another one as once you are covered in paint (because I’m that talented) you can’t change it.
- Nail polish removed removes paint from skin.
- I had about half a can of paint left over which is now living my garage for future DIY projects.
- I felt very proud of myself and now I smile when I look at the table so it provided me a very nice feeling of accomplishment.
That’s it for now
Love Lois xo