I've been meaning to pop on here every day for the past week but I've been busy painting like crazy. Mostly priming at this point. (For the Midsummer Arts & Crafts Show that takes place July 9 here, along with a few things for myself. My sister, Sara, and I will each have a booth there. I'm going to be plugging that a lot, so please excuse the repeat if you've already seen it!)
I ordered a bunch of spray paint, in a whole bunch of different colors, from Blick last week and am expecting it this week. I'm trying out a new brand (Montana Cans). The reviews were great, so I'm excited to try it. It's geared toward the graffiti artist so I hope that means the spray nozzles are more comfortable, too. I ordered all 6 different sizes for the caps, just to test them out. (They each have a different width spray.) I've mostly used Krylon or Rust-Oleum until now. But I'm so bored with the lack of color selection they have.
To be fair, they have a lot of options but their selection of unique, bright, retro like colors that I love are pretty much non-existent. I want unique colors for my items that are different from everything else and Montana Cans has so many different new-to-me colors.
(Below) My current arsenal. I love the white Fusion when it comes to painting vintage plastic picture frames and 1970's wall hangings. The Clean Metal Primer is a must for all of the metal pieces I find that are a little rusted and chipped. It really holds that rust in. I use the regular primer on other metal items that are in overall great shape and on wood items. I pretty much prime everything I paint. It's rare that I skip it, even though I know it's not always necessary. Something about starting from a fresh clean (in this case, white) slate...
I started editing a few photos to post here but just haven't been able to make the time to do it so I'm throwing some (mostly) unedited pictures up here to give you a little view into my world as it is lately.
I prefer spraying over brushing when it comes to painting but I enjoy doing both. It's therapeutic and relaxing. I just prefer the instant gratification and the ease of application when it comes to spraying a little bit more. Everything turns out nice with the spray. Although, I use Purdy brushes (and foam rollers) so the brushing does, too, but you still have to be more careful. I have an actual sprayer for the gallons of paint I buy (Benjamin Moore*, is my favorite) but I haven't tried it out yet. I've only had it for a few years. (Not unlike the printer, which only took us two months to hook up. And, which, by the way I love having again.)
I'm hoping to test out the sprayer this summer when I do mine and Mark's vintage metal dressers. They're a sludgy grey color right now and I can't wait to perk them up. They've been sitting in the basement for about four years or so. I'm sensing a pattern here...
I'm having a ball. I love doing this and it feels so great to be at it again after a dry spell for the past few years.
I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day! A special thank you to all of our soldiers and veterans and their families! I spent the entire afternoon priming and painting. It was a good day.
*These are only my opinions on paint. I've painted a lot of things over the years but I'm no expert so take them as you will: If you're looking for a good latex paint, I highly recommend Benjamin Moore. The others don't hold a candle to it (in my opinion). It's like painting with pure liquid silk. When I started out, Dutch Boy was the first paint I tried and I'll never use it again. It's junk (the bad kind). My paint stayed sticky on a bunch of my items. After 3-4+ years some of my red picture frames still are -- so is my pantry, also red, which needs to be repainted because of it. Cardboard boxes stick and then rip after sitting on the shelves. I tried Glidden with the free sample recently, and it's good. I'd use it again -- but I still prefer Benjamin Moore. I could definitely tell a quality difference between the two after using them practically side by side recently. The application was smoother with the Ben Moore.
Take it or leave it, that's my little paint spiel for anyone interested.