Lying on my bed the other week I decided that the black picture frames on the wall, that I’d picked up from Urban Outfitters a couple of years ago, suddenly needed painting white. They’d been niggling away at me for a little while and now I was going to fix it.
How handy then that Rust-Oleum had armed me with a couple of tins of their paints at the O PR event and, although at the time I didn’t have a use for the products, now seemed like the perfect opportunity to dig the Chalk White paint out of the cupboard under the stairs and put it, and my mad DIY skillz, to good use.
Actually, of all the objects I could’ve decided to spruce up I picked pretty boring ones. Let’s face it, painting picture frames is neither exciting nor especially daring. There are quite an array of things I could’ve decided to make over because you can pretty much paint anything with this stuff (including cats but more on that later). It requires no base coat or prepping of any kind. Just slap it on. So I did.
With hindsight perhaps painting should be less of a spur of the moment decision. But I learnt some things during the time I spent on this ‘project’ which I will now share with you.
Tip number one: At least make some attempt to find a paintbrush the right size for the job. Opening the cupboard door and feeling around in the dark until your fingers find something paintbrush-y is not going to do you any favours. Especially when you’re then working with a paintbrush that won’t fit in the tiny tin of paint.
Tip number two: If you do by any chance ignore tip number one then, when you realise the brush is too big for said tiny tin do not be tempted to try to use it anyway. You will regret this when your fingers are later covered in paint from trying to shove all the brush bristles into the tin each time you dip.
Tip number three: Make sure the newspaper that you are painting on is big enough. And overlaps at the edges. And try to notice when those pieces begins to drift away from each other so that you can avoid happily painting on the carpet and not noticing until you tidy the newspaper away later.
Tip number four: Try not to get bored half way through, put down your brush after a couple of coats of paint and go to Fat Hippo for burgers. If you do it’s highly likely that when you come back your brush will have half dried and be a bit solid and you’ll struggle to sort of stipple on the last coat.
Tip number five: Very important. Keep the cat away from the area at all times. Even (especially) when you are taking a break because you
got bored are between coats of paint and think it might be okay to have a sneaky cat-snuggle because he’s rocked up being all cutesy and affectionate. Particularly if he appears to be only interested in cuddles and purring. It’s a trap. Do not be fooled. He’s only here to make a mess. A part of him, likely his massive fluffy tail, will end up in the drying paint somehow.