Hi. Back with an update on the project. Remember I was repurposing an old cabinet door into a frame.
Last weekend I sanded down the door and tried a spray on primer.
The “primed” item looked dreadful. I can’t show you a photo. Too embarrassed. I made such a shocking mess I spent time searching the internet and asking advice.
What not to do with spray painting (all kinds for that matter):
- Don’t go heavy, keep it to a light coat
- Don’t spray paint on a windy day
- Don’t mow the lawn and leave grass clippings to be blown about and get stuck to newly painted item!
Taking on board some good advice, I decided that I would get an electric sander and see if that would help. The type I got has an extra drop down “mini” sander attachment for small detail work. The thing I find strange is the sander looks sort of like an iron. I know how to use one of those.
I then found at the hardware store a couple of marked down sample pots of mis-mixed paints in colours I like. And my sister-in-law mentioned using a foam roller (the craft size that comes with its own tray). Brilliant suggestion Rach.
So this weekend the project continued with a sanding down and a clean up with a damp rag to pick up the dust the sander hadn’t collected in its little dust collector container.
The paint rolled on beautifully with the mini foam roller. So easy. I gotta say this is the way to go. No mess like with the spray paint. And the fumes weren’t potentially lethal. I know I will use the spray paint again, particularly with finicky items, but this will be my preferred style from now on.
I liked the accidental effect of the white trim and decided to leave as is.
Up early Sunday morning for the second coat - so quick and easy - then spent the day with friends visiting the art: market and lunching in a wonderfully upcycled historical building on the wharf. Home again to finish the project.
I chose a vintage fruit crate label as the item to be “framed” by the “cabinet door”, via decoupage.
Ignore the air bubbles (I’m trying to).