Remember this picture from the Spring Has Sprung post?
Let’s focus on the lamps for a moment. I have had a this pair of lamps (acquired from HomeGoods) for a long time, and I’ve loved them. They’ve been a classic, understated presence in the room. But lately I’ve been yearning to lighten up our surroundings, especially with the weather turning warm. And then I saw the fateful layout in the Wisteria catalog:
I’m not going to lie. It was love at first sight. Granted, they have a white couch and white-painted floors, which serve as a bright and fresh canvas for all those glorious shades of blue. But even without replacing the couch (which I absolutely wouldn’t do because I love it) or painting the floors (which Husband has forbidden me to do), I could still strive to approximate the beachy loveliness in that layout. And in an ironic twist, I realized that I could marry my disparate variations of blue by bringing in yet another shade.
Boom. This can of spray paint was the answer to my prayers. For the record this is Rustoleum Painter’s Touch, Ultra Cover Aqua, in a satin finish. Although it’s difficult to see here, it is very close to a Tiffany Box blue. It is light and bright, with just the right amount of green.
But before I could get painting, I had some prep work to do. As I become more of an adult, I realize how important preparation is to the success of a project. When my Honey and I were first married (almost 8 years ago), I used to slap paint on completely un-prepped walls – often sealing in spiders like little arachnid Hans Solos. Now, I know that your results are only going to be as good as your prep. Oh who am I kidding, I was painting wooden furniture without primer as of a few weeks ago. Anyway, now that I’m officially an adult (as of today) here’s how I readied the lamps for their makeover:
- Gave them each a light sanding with a sanding block (with a fine grit).
- Cleaned them thoroughly to remove any dust.
- Allowed them to dry.
- Taped over the bits I wanted to remain unpainted. Wow. I just accidentally typed “repain unmainted.” That’s a sign of genius right? Ha.
- Sprayed them with two, nice even coats of primer.
Then it was time for the fun stuff: COLOR! I looooooooved changing up the look of the lamps, but the moment I had applied two coats of the Rustoleum aqua I started to feel insecure. Was it turquoise enough?? Referring back to the inspiration photo, I wanted something like the light colored aqua lacquer tray. I wasn’t so sure about what I had ended up with. So after the gym, I begged my sweet Love to pull into the fire lane at Lowe’s so I could see what colors they had. In a record 5 minutes later I was back in the passenger seat with a can of Valspar oasis (at least I think that was the name).
The lamps got the Valspar treatment, and then I left them in the Sun Room (oh, poor Sun Room- I promise I haven’t abandoned you.) to cure for a day. Unfortunately, upon bringing them in I realized they were way to close to the dining room wall color. (Sad violin music)
The whole point of this was to bring in a different shade of blue – NOT to play the matchy matchy game with the predominant hue in the house. Alright troops, time to retreat. Since the Valspar came in gloss, I had to completely sand down the finish before painting them, yet again, in Rustoleum aqua. Whew. I’m getting tired just writing this. But it was all worth it in the end! After restoring them to the gorgeous light turquoise color, they got a couple of coats of Valspar high gloss lacquer spray. And here’s how they look now (after curing and off-gassing for a couple days):
So, that’s the current state of the living room. Of course you know me I
can never leave well enough alone always want to keep zhuzhing and changing things. And one important thing stands out in the inspiration photo.
Lots and lots of delicious, bright white. I know I said I wouldn’t touch the couch and
am not allowed won’t paint the floor, but what about slipcovers for the club chairs????
I’m in the midst of exploring if this is even going to be feasible with our high-backed “Hemingway” club chairs, but I’m going to try. And if you want to drool over some amazing slipcover work check out Sherry’s couch over at Design Indulgence. Holy moly. This girl has impeccable style and knows good craftsmanship when she sees it. Plus, she’s hilarious and seems like a fun person with which to share a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.
Anyway – I hope I can find slipcovers that will work! Once I get a thought in my mind. . . Of course if anyone has been particularly pleased with a very inexpensive, but high quality white club chair slipcover, please comment with the details. Also, if anyone has found the holy grail, please comment with the details.
We made it to Wednesday! Holla y’all!