Up until now, I hadn’t had much of an urge to clean my baseboards. It was all about decorating and making sure all of our little projects were complete. Then 35 weeks kicked in and I found myself….cleaning baseboards!! Craziness that one day I just looked down, saw dirt and was living a stereotype!
As you saw in the baby central post, earlier I was working on the basement. I wanted to create a cozy space to enjoy with the baby, and the black shelves we had down there felt outdated and old. I don’t know why I bought so much black furniture in 2005!?
So step one was to buy a bunch of spray paint at Lowes. Luckily spray paint is SUPER CHEAP! $3.98 for a bottle of Valspar – and it comes in so many awesome modern colors!
I learned when I painted the nursery fan and then the yellow box in our house the following tips: 1) wear gloves 2) wear a mask 3) sanding wasn’t necessary for nicely polished furniture 4) use a drop cloth that is not plastic that blows in breezes (learned in part II of this project) and 5) wait for a cool day – do not attempt at noon on a 100* one!
Step one was primer! The shelves took 2 coats. I loved it so much more already!
I didn’t bother with the undersides – mostly because I am lazy and ran out of paint! Only crawling babies will see it anyways : )
I also neglected the back – the wall won’t care. [Note the terrible drop cloth idea – I ended up using an old curtain later on that worked so much better with summer breezes!]
After a few hours of drying, I sprayed on the beautiful teal color!
All was well until I started in with can #2 to finish and start on a second coat. Suddenly everything was splotchy green and dark – nothing like the first coat!!
Same color, same day purchased, same user, same technique = different result
I think I just got a bad can because not only was the color different (like it hadn’t mixed well?) but the spray was so splotchy and uneven. The shelf looked tie-dyed!
So, so sad. I really didn’t want to go back and buy more paint! I ended up using the “new color” to turn the whole shelf greenish and let it sit on the porch for a few days to mull over what to do.
I actually started to like the color alright, but the splotches were still bothersome.
Final decision: repaint:
And yay yay yay – the final coat went on perfectly!
The shelf feels brand new and now resides in the basement – covered in bright, cheerful colored baskets!
I had one more spray paint nesting project to note – a rocking chair that Karen had given us needed a modern color as well:
And I turned it avocado green!!
This was so much easier to paint than the shelves – and I love the fresh color!
It matches our other porch furniture perfectly. And is cleaned up for indoor use if we need it for baby rocking.
Spray paint for the win!
[SO glad to be finished with painting projects though – they were not the most fun!]
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