So I will be MIA until my computer is better.
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I was thrilled to be asked to guest post by Tiffany at Living Savvy. Every Wednesday she has a post for all of us spray paint addicts.
I hope I am not breaking any unwritten blogging rule but I wanted to share the post for any of you who did not make it over to Living Savvy.
So here is my guest post as it was published.
Hello, my name is Traci, and I am a spray paint addict! Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward a beautiful home.
When we moved into our current home 6 years ago we had a ton of updating to do and the first thing on my hit list were all the brass fixtures. They were everywhere. So what is a girl to do? Break out the spray paint of course.
After moving into the house we changed all the exterior door hardware. We choose an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish. Now I don’t know about all of you but I have a thing about all my metal finishes matching. I had 15 interior doors. It would have cost me a fortune to replace them all.
But I didn’t have to because I knew I could paint them. Six years ago the paint companies had not jumped on the ORB band wagon yet so I had to create my own from a can of black, a can of brown and a can of copper spray paint. It was fun but time consuming, so now I usually use the one can method now.
The question I get most frequently is “do your painted door knobs last?”
And the answer is that they wear very well if you paint them correctly. The are not indestructible but they hold up very well.
This is one of the few knobs I have not painted and is still sporting its original finish. The brass coating is scratched in a few places and it simply looks worn.
Here is one of the first knobs that I painted and it has no scratches or any other flaws in its finish after 5 years of frequent use.
If you pay for brand new door hardware you expect the finish will last at least 5 years. So let me show you one of the ORB lock sets that we purchased. It started out looking like this.
And after 6 years this is what they look like. Disappointing isn’t it. And just one more reason to paint your own because now I have to paint this one too.
Here is the one of the door knobs in my laundry room. I use this knob to hang up laundry as it comes out of the drier and in the last 5 years all those hangers, some of them are wire, have only caused one scratch. And I can touch it up.
So what is my secret you ask? It is my six steps to long wearing painted knobs.
1. Proper prep-First wash the knob really well to remove any grease, oils and dirt left from all the hands that touch it. Let it dry well, water will ruin your paint job.
2. Sand lightly. You are just dulling the shiny surface. I use a fine sanding pad that is less than a 1/2 inch thick.
3. Prime-Use a primer for clean metal. I like Kyrlon. Let the primer dry thoroughly. Because it is so hot here I usually leave primed metals in the sun for a few hours. You just have to remember to let it cool off before painting.
4. It is finally time for the paint of your choice. Use several really light coats. Because the knob is round you can’t get all of the knob in one pass. It may take up to 10 different coats because each coat will not cover the entire knob. May sure you have covered all of the primer. I poke my knobs into a piece of Styrofoam so I can get all the angles.
5. Finish with a clear coat, either satin or gloss. This is like the clear polish over your colored nail polish, the clear coat gets the wear leaving the color looking great.
6. Let the paint cure. Even when paint feels dry it still needs to cure before it is completely solid. Uncured paint is still soft and easily damaged.
I put this knob back up the day that I painted it. That might have been okay if this knob was not where I hang my purse. I tried to remember to hang my purse on a different hook but old habits are hard to break. You can see where I moved the still soft paint with my purse handle.
Painting your door knobs opens up one more place to express your creativity. While I have not seen one yet I doubt turquois door knobs are far off. Let me if you decide to go bold and paint your knobs a bright color.
Happy Spray Painting,
Two years ago my daughter moved to a small house where she could finally have her cat. Her name is Miss Kittems and she is famous for getting into cupboards and sleeping on the clean towels and folded bedding and leaving fur covering everything She also loves sleeping on the furniture and leaving a ring of soft white fur.
She is a really sweet cat but I was doing the extreme happy dance at the thought of one less animal to clean up after.
Fast forward to the present, Miss Kittems is evicted. The new land lord doesn’t like cats, he says they are very destructive. So we received a frantic call from our daughter asking if Miss Kittems could come home. Of course we said yes.
But in those two years I had forgotten what a little mess maker she could be.
I got this lovely black and white comforter for my daughters room after Miss Kittems left for her new home.
After just two days this is what I found. I was not doing the happy dance at this point. I had almost forgotten how much hair she could leave behind after a simple nap.
But then I had an inspired idea.
This is a doorway monitor from Radio Shack that I bought for about $20. It has a motion sensor and alarms when it detects movement. I bought it when Zoey was a puppy and I was training her not to go into the dinning room. It worked then and it works now.
Miss Kittems has chosen a more appropriate place to sleep, the corner of my closet on top of one of my old robes.
And I am doing the happy dance once again.
Are you wondering how the dogs feel about the return of the cat? They are thrilled to have her back and they are acting as if she was never gone.
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I have hinted to the fact that we are experiencing technical issues here at “Three Dogs At Home” I have spent the last 10 days trying to correct all the issues and recreate the posts that were lost.
So I am restarting at the beginning.
It all started with replacing the toilet and sink in the hall half bath. If we were going to take the toilet and sink out we might as well take the wall and floor tile out. That meant replacing the flooring. And because we wanted the wood flooring to continue down the hall and into the bathroom maybe it was time to replace the very worn hall and dining room wood flooring.
And the next thing you know we are renovating about a third of our home. And that was before the surprises.
After we ripped up all the old wood flooring in the dining room and hall it was time to demo the bathroom.
The tile contractor on this house must have been the general contractors family member. Tile was every where in this house and the hall bathroom was no exception. Both the floor and half of the walls were tile.
Under all that tile was thin set and concrete. All of which had to be broken and pried up and dumped in the garbage. I thought we would never see the end of the demo.
We were spending so much time in the bathroom that even Zoey came to check out what was going on. Tasha was not far behind.
Next came removing a small amount of sheet rock to move a valve about 4 inches. This ended up being a very costly 4 inches that probably saved us from tearing up this bathroom again in the near future.
When my hubby removed that small amount of sheet rock the back of it was covered in mold. Yuck! And the insulation was slightly wet. These were not good signs.
This is what we found after removing all the moldy materials. Can you see the daylight coming in from the outside wall? Apparently when the house was built 25 years ago no one noticed it and they never sealed around the drain clean out. This was like leaving out the”Welcome” mat for water to come in.
Next the plumber came to move the valve. It has always bugged me that you could see one of the valves behind the pedestal sink. There is no reason they could not be closer and hidden behind the sink.
But after the plumber moved the valve and told me how to seal around the drain clean out he noticed some corrosion on the back of the hot water pipe. It turns out that there was a pin point hole in the pipe and it would have eventually caused a really large leak in our new bathroom.
It was a good thing I wanted that valve moved or we wouldn’t have discovered any of this damage. Crisis diverted.
Next the outdated mirror came down and I was pleased to find that the wall had been wallpapered. The mirror came off easily and the wall was undamaged. All I had to do was peel off the paper and I kinda like peeling wallpaper. It beats removing tile any day.
Next came replacing the insulation and moving an outlet. Boring stuff.
Any time we open a wall we take pictures of what is behind the wall for future reference. This photo came in handy when it was time to mount the sink.
After more boring stuff, sheet rock and taping, this is what the bathroom looks like.
Check back soon, the fun stuff is coming up.
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