Anyone who has been around me long enough knows that I will paint just about anything and everything to change things up. I am easily bored I guess. I’ve painted the “normal” things like furniture and décor to update them and keep things fresh, but I’ve broadened my horizons even more lately and painted upholstery and even our laundry room sink. Even my hubby thought I was nuts for that one, but I just couldn’t NOT give it a try!
Paint is a pretty powerful tool in making something old become magically new again. When used correctly, the finish can be durable and hold up well to even the toughest use.
Here are a few of my recent paint-capades to refresh the laundry room- I also painted the cabinets, but that’s a whole post in itself.
These awful orange-y oak hooks were the right size for the room, and after not finding anything I liked they received a little paint lovin. A good thorough cleaning, scuffed up with a brillo pad, and on to a primer and paint. I just used a flat black enamel spray. This was a job that would receive some abuse, so I was careful to follow all the steps. I also let them cure in between coats for as long as possible. Often I would just run out and give them a quick spray over the course of a few days (or weeks- I’m guilty of having multiple projects going at once, so they all end up taking longer. Oh yeah, and life happens in between coats of paint.=))
I’ve had my hooks back on the wall for a few months already, and they still look perfect. For a $6 can of spray paint, it was well worth it!
I wanted a light for over the sink, and after sourcing several on Amazon, I remembered we had one laying around in the shop that might work.
It had a little cage over the bulb that I removed, and then wiped down and sprayed with the same flat black spray paint. I didn’t even bother to prime this one, since it wouldn’t be in an area where it would be touched or used much. A couple of quick coats, and now it belongs!
Now the sink is where I really was feeling a bit off my rocker. I had seen a review of another crazy (ahem, thrifty) lady who had done it and it really piqued my interest. My hubby said it was nuts, and really pushed for me to just replace the dang thing. But, where is the fun in that? Ha! I really did give that some consideration, but after not finding one right off the bat in store that would fit, and a quick search that showed at least a hundred dollar price tag, I knew I just had to give it a try.
I considered briefly leaving the fluorescent yellow stains as a reminder of the fun times I had supervising 6-8 year old boys painting fire hydrants as a service project, but decided pictures were worth a thousand words…memories? However the saying goes, apply here=)
Hubby helped me take the sink to the garage (I’m not up for DIY plumbing–yet anyways) where I gave it a good cleaning, roughing up, two coats of primer, and then onto the star of the show, this guy.
A couple of coats with a bit of sanding at the end, and this sink is soooo pretty now! I can’t believe the transformation, and I’m super impressed with the finish. And so far, its held up remarkably as well. The sink isn’t heavily used and abused, but honestly, I figured for the price of the can ($6?) I just had to try. And I have no plans to baby it either. I’m going to use it as I always would, and I’ll let you know how it holds up over the long run. For now, want to see how pretty it is???!
Looks brand spanking new! So far, this is definitely the craziest thing I’ve painted yet. What’s the craziest thing YOU have ever painted?