Are you like me in that you think you can slap any old paint on any old piece and all will be fine? Do you sneer at the thought of priming? Yeah….I’ve been there.
Actually, if I’m honest, I sneered at priming things for a looooong time, but I’ve gotta tell you. My mind has been changed, both with priming and with the whole “any old paint” thing.
I’m happy to say I’ve learned so much about painting stuff- but most of my learning happened in the School of Hard Knocks. 😉 Trial and error, Baby. [clickToTweet tweet=”Painting mistakes? I’ve made tons. I’m sharing another ‘what not to do’ here… – 1915 House” quote=”Painting mistakes? I’ve made tons. I’m sharing another ‘what not to do’ here…” theme=”style1″]All paint is not created equal. Let’s just lay that out in the open right now.
What does this have to do with YOU?
Well, the good thing for you is that I’ll tell you all about my screw-ups, so you can avoid them! You’re welcome. I live to serve. 😉
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The wrong paint for the perfect piece
The last time I painted this piece was about 6 years ago, and because I decided to use paint I had left over, I ended up using a flat (or maybe it was an eggshell) finish. This is fine for lots of pieces, but NOT for this piece.
This is a custom-built garbage can/recycling unit that my Dad made for me about 13 years ago. Hold up and let that sink in for a minute. It’s a garbage.can.unit.
Do you even know how many times it gets opened and shut in a SINGLE day?? Approx. 926 times. Yes, I counted. 😉
All joking aside, I love that it hides unsightly garbage / recycling cans and also provides shelving for basic ingredients, cookbooks or whatever floats my boat at the moment.
This poor thing has taken a beating, I tell ya…
However, after 6 years (since the last coat of paint) of every day use in our family (including adding two more babies, and a move thrown in there for good measure) this unit was pretty beaten up on the outside and flat-out DISGUSTING on the inside. I shall spare you the “befores” of the inside. 😉
Also, see the soccer paraphernalia on the right there? I found a cute solution for that – I’ll show you a little later.
Enter Enamel Paint
I recently became aware of a new product put out by DecoArt called Americana Decor Satin Enamel. After reading more about this paint, I KNEW this would be the one I needed to give my high-use garbage can unit a durable, scrubbable finish.
This paint is a specifically designed satin sheen formula that gives a durable finish to all your projects. Plus, it works especially well in high-use areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. (perfect!) You can see the slight sheen in this photo.
The Satin Enamels paint comes in 21 gorgeous colors and in an easy-to-use 8 oz, wide-mouth jar. One jar provides two-coat coverage on approximately 20 square feet, FYI.
Americana Satin Enamel paint offers the following:
- Smooth brushability
- Minimizes grain raising on wood
- Soap and water clean-up – yay!
- Made in the USA (you know how I love made in the USA if you read this post) 😉
Even though the jar said no priming was needed, I’ve been burned on that claim before (ahem, kitchen cabinets), so I DID prime (twice) – AFTER I used my lovely HomeRight SteamMachine to remove every last bit of disgustingness. My SteamMachine did an amazing job on our garage siding and it cleaned the all yuck out of these garbage bins like nobody’s business. It’s amazing, that little powerhouse.
What was it like to use enamel paint?
I chose to use the satin enamel paint in “Pure White” and I’m happy to say it was really easy to work with. The dry time was quick, about 30 minutes, although I waited a few hours in between coats, just to be safe. When all was said and done, I used 3.5 jars for this project. I like that I have a little leftover for any touch ups that might be needed down the road.
Here she is, all fresh and newly outfitted in her new coat of white. I couldn’t be happier with the results.
So if you’ve got a hard working piece, don’t do what I did at first and just slap any old paint on it. Be sure you get a good quality paint that can stand up to whatever you (or your kids) throw at it. 😉
Oh, and that soccer equipment? I shopped the house and found this huge basket. It’s the perfect place to corral all the soccer goods. Now that all four boys are in soccer, we need an easy place to throw all the shin guards and cleats so we’re not scrambling to find them at the last minute. (That was the freebie tip of the day) 😀
Have you used enamel paint before? Tell me in the comments below-
You’ve got this!