Category Archives: Painting

More Prep for the Yard and Garden…Painting Wrought Iron

One of the best things about having a porch, or arbor, or pergola, is to have beautiful things climb up the supports.  I just love climbers that cover a support with beautiful blooms.  It doesn’t matter to me if it’s wisteria, or clematis, or even gourds (I saw this years ago in a Martha Stewart Living magazine and had to do it, and it worked…they were awesome), I love the climbers.  And both my front and back porch have great wrought iron More Rustsupports in a traditional scroll pattern that are perfect to have these vines climb.  The only problem is, the flowers can put some extra wear and tear on the finish.  I’ll admit it, in all these years, I’ve never touched up the wrought iron with paint, but I couldn’t put it off any longer.

Because my supports have vines growing up them most of the spring, summer, and early fall, I had to get a jump-start on the painting.  I also had to wait until the weather was warm enough.  Lucky for me, this past weekend was perfect.  The weather was in the 60s, and, while the vines are growing, they haven’t hit the supports just yet.

RustAs you can see, the supports were looking pretty bad.  There were many places where the paint had completely come off, and there were some spots that had a good bit of rust.  I really shouldn’t have put off this project as long as I had, but I digress.  The first thing I did was got my supplies together.  I needed a good, durable paint, and, after consulting with my friends at Home Depot, decided on 1 quart of Rust-Oleum Stops Rust in flat black.  This is Rust-Oleuman oil-based paint, but I needed it to be oil-based for durability and because of the rust.  It’s pretty easy to deal with, but you need to use a paint thinner to clean the brushes, and yourself if you’re like me.  I just used some gasoline…I put some in a metal can for the brushes and rubbed some on my hands to get the paint off.  Maybe not the best idea, but it worked.  As for the color, the reason I went for flat is glossy paint shows more imperfections…and I figured I might end up with some Brushingimperfections!

To begin, I took a wire brush and metal Brillo pad (without soap) and knocked as much of the old paint off as I could.  The wire brush gets most of it off, and I used the pad for sections that I couldn’t quite reach.  You don’t need to take all of the old paint off, just everything that’s loose or flaking.  Once that was done, I wiped everything down with a damp towel and got started.

The paint was pretty easy to get on, and it covered really nicely.  I did use two types of brushes, one that was about an inch wide, and another that was much smaller for those Clematistight spots.  It also dried really well.  I didn’t do a full two coats, but I did spot check and touch up where needed.

I’m pretty happy with the finished result, and how well the vines are growing.  As you can see, the clematis is already stretching out to reach the trellis.  I just kept pushing it away until I was done the painting.  Now I can be nice and redirect it.

I’m pretty happy about how well the other flowers and trees are growing too.  Here are some pictures of what’s going on in the yard, outside of the climbers, so far this spring.

Daffodils are blooming like crazy.

Daffodils are blooming like crazy.

The magnolia tree is bursting with color.

The magnolia tree is bursting with color.

The apple trees have a lot of buds on them.

The apple trees have a lot of buds on them.

And the tree peonies are going to be great when they open up.

And the tree peonies are going to be great when they open up.

A Rainy (or Snowy) Day Activity-Painting Paneling

The weather finally seems to be getting warmer, even though it’s a rainy day in my area.  But, sometimes, a rainy day is perfect.  It’s a great day to actually tackle some of those indoor activities you keep putting off.  For me, a recent rainy day was a great day to finally paint the wood paneling in my kitchen.

PicturesA few years ago, I was given prints of a fork, spoon, and knife that I wanted to hang in my kitchen.  My kitchen is pretty dated.  Even though I know at some time in the future I’ll redo it, for now, it will have to do.  The one thing that drives me nuts about it though is an area of paneling in the kitchen.  Years ago, the house originally had a side door, but that was covered up, and paneling was used to hide the space.  And, if there’s one thing I hate, it’s paneling.  While I would have loved to pull it down, that was a little beyond my rainy day project.  So instead, I painted the paneling to better match the rest of the kitchen and the great prints I had.

TapingThe biggest part of any paint job is the prep.  If you prep the area and make sure you’re ready, the painting will be simple, and clean up will be as well.  The first step was taping all of the edges with painters tape.  Then, I had to start sanding.  Because I was painting paneling, and the paneling had a smooth finish, sanding was important.  You want to be sure there is a rough surface for the paint to adhere.  I simply took a sanding square and went over the whole surface to Sandingrough it up.  This also helped even out any imperfections in the wood.  Once the wall was rough, I was ready to paint.

Because it was the kitchen, and it will probably need a lot of wiping over the years, I used a Behr eggshell finish.  And because it was a small area I was painting, and with the grooves in the paneling, I decided to use a hand-held brush.  I could have used a roller for most of the wall, but, since I still would have had to use the brush to get into the grooves, I just used the brush for the whole project.  I painted the wall with smooth, long strokes, going down the grooves first, then Paintingcovering the main surface.  I worked in about a 1 foot square area, then went to the next, always brushing up and down, with the grain.  It didn’t take long to cover the whole surface.  I ended up putting a second coat on just to be sure the paneling didn’t shine through.

One thing to note, I’ve struggled with the painters tape in the past.  If you let the paint dry completely, and then you pull off the tape, if there are any sections that had the paint pretty thick, the tape just pulls the paint right off the wall.  The way I avoid this is I take the Finished Producttape off as soon as I’m finished painting.  This way, the paint isn’t completely dry, and so I just pull off the tape, not some of my hard work!

Once the wall dried, I was able to hang my new prints.  I have to say, I’m very happy with the way the wall turned out.  I love the light mocha color, it makes a huge difference for the kitchen, and the prints really add something to the wall.

So, what do you like to do on a rainy, or snowy day?