In my last post I showed off my garage sale finds and deals like this brass candleholder I got for ten cents:
I'm sorry Partylite but brass does not go with my decor. So I decided to paint it oil rubbed bronze. I know it is the thing to do in blogland but aside from a door handle I have yet to paint anything in my home that color. (I found my can at K-Mart for those of you still looking for that spray can of magic).
Not only does it now match my color scheme but it makes the candle detail stand out better as well.
Before I painted I cleaned the candleholder with soap and water and then wiped it with a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any oils left by my fingerprints. I painted a thin layer and left to work in the garden. The garden had become a bit neglected since I was gone for two and a half weeks and was a huuuuuge project. I came back to the candleholder when I was done and added the next coat and this happened:
I went "Eeeeeee!"
"I cleaned it and did thin coats so what happened?" I asked my brother.
He asked me how long I waited between coats. It was several hours because, like I said, I was busy in the garden and really didn't give the candleholder any more thought until I was done.
"Ahhhh, there's the problem." He tells me. "You should wait 15 minutes max between coats."
Apparently when I went to apply the second coat of paint, solvents from the first layer had come up to rest on the top of the paint so when I sprayed the second coat the solvent and new paint layer reacted.
So go ahead and learn from my mistake!
I'm not going to worry about my candleholder as it is, it looks rustic and shabby chic like I meant to do that and no one will know unless you tell them so keep it on the down low okay? ;)
So what does my brother know about painting anyway? Here are some examples of his work:
I love the wood grain texture he did. And yes, that is all paint.