Thursday, May 9, 2013

Aqua Quartz

Drumroll please.... the shelf is painted.  Finished!  Finally.

And I love it.


It only took like three weeks?  Ugh.  There was the color-choosing, paint-buying, sanding, cleaning, priming, painting, painting again, painting again, painting again, even more painting, finishing, and lots of waiting in between. 

Let's back up.


Kona for paint colors =)


Did you know that Kona cotton can be really handy for choosing paint colors?  This piece of Kona Candy Green is about the same color as the swatch I had chosen, Aqua Quartz by Valspar.

before, in anticipation


So for a few days I left it out on the shelf pretending to be paint.  Helped me take the plunge!  I also researched how to paint furniture and found these two online resources:  Bless This Mess and Centsational Girl.  Armed with new how-to knowledge and The List, I went shopping.  Only somehow I let the paint guy at Lowe's talk me into buying a high gloss paint so that I wouldn't have to use finish.  Don't know how that happened?  Everyone who's anyone (just kidding, I am such a newbie) says you should put a finish on painted furniture. 

Aqua Quartz shelf


Heather and I tackled the project together.  We learned to use my husband's power sanders and got all sticky with the tack cloth (great product, by the way) cleaning up between layers.  Everything went pretty smoothly (and as slow as molasses) until it came to the 2nd coat of paint.  Which was supposed to be the last coat.  But wasn't.

Aqua + natural tones


I'll not bore you with all the gory details, but we eventually put six, yes SIX, coats of paint total on the top of the shelf, in an effort to get it right.  I threw 2 temper tantrums.  And this reminded me of what it felt like to be a new quilter.  So, so many questions!  You halfway suspect that the questions are trivial, but also wonder if going the wrong way might somhow make or break the project.  Stress!  Confusion!  Need of friends.

At the end we did spray on Minwax finish (As recommended by those online paint tutorials.  Ask them, not me).  I've always hated how my husband's homemade furniture is slightly sticky if he paints it.  Turns out that the Minwax finish eliminates that stickiness.  Next time, I'll say "no" to expensive high-gloss paint and buy more finish.  Totally worth it.

a bright corner


I absolutely love the aqua shelf!  This image, taken in the early morning, shows just how much it brightens up that corner of the room.   Looks great with the baskets too!  I forsee lots of stitchy photographs in my future with aqua backgrounds.

But, I think someone else is going to have to paint that piano....

30 comments:

  1. Looks great Rachel! I love Centsational Girl and have followed her for years. Did you see that white piano she has on her blog?? Painting a piano will take guts! I love the look, but since we just inherited my grandmothers piano, there is no way I could touch it with a drop of paint. Yet...

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  2. Looks really good!! I knew it would. ;)

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  3. Great color! it's my favorite for 2013:)

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  4. Rachel, I love your shelf and paint choice. It looks so pretty in that spot. Love your kitty looking out the window too. :)

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  5. beautiful!!! would love to give you some tips which you may already know. I have never put that many coats of paint on anything. Priming is everything but not so hard. Light sand if piece is NOT WAXED. Never use wax, you cannot paint over it. Then use oil based spray paint called "cover stain". Spray is sooooo easy, especially on a book case. It dries fast to. Then VERY light sand. Wipe down with water to get off sanding. You do not have to use a tack cloth. The primer does not need to cover perfectly at all. Then paint with latex using a good skinny roller with a bit of white or yellow fluff to it. Then let CURE for at least 24 hours before next coat. Latex paint needs to cure and it does not fully cure for an entire month once you get things all done including top coat. That is why your husband's stuff is sticky. I find Home Depot ultra plus paint the best coverage paint ever. Then brush on thin coat of your latex poly fast. Then a another coat 24 hours later. Done.
    Cat

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    1. Thanks, Cat. So you would suggest putting nothing on it for a month to let it cure?

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  6. The delightful color pops in your room!

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  7. Love it! Especially with that churn dash quilt!

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  8. "everyone who's anyone" hahaha! well done, rachel! i love it! and i loved your last line about the piano. dan said his parents had their piano redone and it took ages. sounds like you're making the right choice. ;)

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    1. Fortunately it sounds like yes my favorite painter is willing to do a trade of piano in exchange for some tree work preformed by Brandon. Somehow I luck out and don't have to do anything? Crossing fingers it happens!

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    2. Haha! this made me laugh!

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  9. Looks really good, I would love this in my sewing space.

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  10. Turned out gorgeous, Rachel. It adds such a wonderful pop of color in your dining room. and your Churn Dash quilt looks absolutely stunning next to this color.

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  11. It turned out PERFECT!!! And I'm super pleased my post was useful too you :) Thanks for the link! M.

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  12. oh my gosh, i love how it turned out. good thing i don't live too close to you, or i'd come over and steal it!

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  13. Oooooh, it's positively yummy! I love how it brightens up your room even in the wee hours. Well done! :)

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  14. I am liking this colour more and more... going to use it in my home, too. I really like how yours turned out.

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  15. omg - it's so gorgeous. If I lived nearby I'd come by and take the shelf with me. So gorgeous. Makes me want to have such a colourful shelf, too. Only until it comes to sanding and painting. You aren't surprised when I tell you that paint is waiting in the utility room for me, do you? :)

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    1. Oh, it is? Well, for now I think it is worth it, but if anything harms my shelf I shall probably have another tantrum. At the moment I am not allowing the cats to even sit on it. I'm sure they're doing it while I'm gone, though!

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  16. The shelf turned out wonderful and what a lovely color addition to your dining room!

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  17. It really does look fantastic! Changed the whole feel of the room.

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  18. That is the perfect quilt tucked in there too.....

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  19. it's so satisfying upcycling, it sometimes feels naughty to be painting something shop bought..but its so worth it!
    I prefer satinwood to gloss...gloss is a beast!!

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  20. Lovely color. Not a big fan of painting myself - would much rather leave it to someone else to do. :D But I love the results.

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  21. I just divorced my husband because I'm in love with your shelf.

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  22. love the teal. It would look perfect in my house - I have dark rich purple walls

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  23. Oh I love the shelf! I passed one up like this and still kick myself.

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