Today was a bizarre day. The weather was nice enough to toss the ‘to do’ list, strap on a bathing suit, and be lazy on a pool float…. but for some reason that wasn’t the path I traveled today. Instead I chose the path that read ‘ Go in 100 directions today’….
The bushes have been crying out for attention lately. All shaggy and overgrown looking. We ignore them, because NOBODY likes to trim bushes…. last year hubster got a sucking lawn vacuum blower – intent to vacuum up the remains from the bushes haircuts… Hubster likes the vacuum, I hate it. The process goes sooooooooo slow….. Today? I just said ‘screw it’ and let the trimmer rip – figuring I could get slave labor from the kids during clean up –
I did get the kids to help. Bribed them with a slurpee run at 7-11 after.
Then I decided to tackle our mailbox. It needs some TLC –
I should have taken the picture from the other side because the numbers and street name has lost all its color. The post needs some repair, parts need sanding, and the whole thing needs a coat of paint.
I was all ready to sand away, and pull out my yummy copper metallics and other paint colors when …… SCREECH! I remembered that our front door needs major TLC as well… AND didn’t I have intentions of wood graining our front door? Huh?
I will be honest, and admit that I walked away twice. Both times I approached the front door, looked at what was involved, and walked away….. Heavy sigh…. I WANT the look of a wood door… but I know it’s not going to be a 15 minute job…. and i LIKE 15 minute jobs!
I couldn’t continue with the mailbox because the mailbox front door needs to MATCH the house… Common sense said I needed to start with the front door. Out came the ladder and tape. Down came the wreath. A soapy rag washed out all the funky spider cocoons (yuk)… I sanded the areas that were chipping, and then headed down to my workroom to find a base paint color.
I knew I’d choose a Setcoat (Aquabond) basecoat, by Faux Effects. Can’t go wrong with this base coat for durability, and I need that for this exterior door. I mixed Leather Red with Camel -figuring it will be a good base color for my planned wood grain (think mahogany color), kindof like I did here –
First I taped off the glass, then got busy applying 2 coats of my ‘custom’ Setcoat color –
I was entertaining myself as I applied layer one to our front door. Talking to myself, out loud. (Do you ever do that?)
“Hey Lady! Your door is ugly!” “Your door looks like a big fat chili pepper!” Folks taking evening strolls, walking their dog passed by …. I wondered if, once out of reach, they whispered to their partner “Oh my Lord, that is an awful color!”
Am I sure what comes next? Not really, but that’s one benefit of being a decorative finisher – I can make it up as I go along! I had a wonderful week of instruction, last year, from none other than Cait Whitson, Carte Blanche in Scotland, a master of her art, whereby I learned how to make a plain surface look like fabulous wood –