In the last installment of our "Readers' Choice" game, we allowed you to choose the paint color for the desk lamp in the studio--I was happy to hear a lot of cheers for chartreuse and yellow. That is the way I was leaning. One particular reader shouted, "Gold!" I can't tell you how much I wanted to paint this lamp gold after reading that suggestion. But with a brushed nickel fixture and a black curtain rod--I didn't think another finish like gold would jive. The closest thing was yellow which, like I said, was also getting a lot of votes so we went with it. For you readers who wanted turquoise, the ceiling is all for you.
Here you see the drab, gray lamp and its after coat--a cheery yellow.
Although, I am not so cheery about it. I am not sure if it is the color or the terrible finish that has me in a rut. I learned a valuable, spray-painting lesson: Don't spray when it is windy! Ever! After Greta-girl helped me tape off all the nickel hinges, we moved things to the back patio so the house would block the majority of the wind--or so I thought.
Since the lamp had a real sleek finish, I started with a primer so my paint would have something to stick to.
It was almost exactly the same color as the lamp! But I knew I had it all covered when everything looked nice and matte.
The directions said you could re-coat immediately, but I still waited about 20 minutes (to be on the safe side) before starting lots and lots of thin coats of "Sun Yellow."
Here's how she looked after about 3 thin coats. Pretty scary, right? That's when the wind started picking up and I started panicking. Looking back, I should have stopped then.
While I am fully owning up to not taping tight enough and allowing this seeping paint on the coils of the lamp to happen...
This finish on the underside I blame completely on the wind. Okay, not completely. I suppose it is partly my fault for thinking I could continue spray painting in those conditions. Watching paint skid across your project, mid-spray-paint-stream is sickening.
This was also about the time, the cardboard covering the patio flipped up and put a little dent in my paint job and flicked dirt on the base. Hmph. I am honestly surprised there were no tears on my part.
So, although this yellow might look happy from a distance--I really do love how it ties in with the curtains--I am thinking I am gonna have to sand it down and start again.
Which makes me question--is yellow the right color after all? Or am I just prejudice now because of my bad luck this time around. I can already hear Chris saying, "Just live with it for a few days."
Anyone else have tragic spray-painting tales?