This week, however, I took on a bigger project... a project that was going to take me several nap times to paint, and on top of that it was a rush order. Lucky for me, my mom was coming down to Cajun Country for a few days to play with the boys. This gave me plenty of time to start and finish. In exchange, I bought her a taco.
|Picture taken by Abigail Devall Photography|
Note: This is a specialty item, not a normal sale item. Amanda purchased the high back, bench-style toy box at an unfinished furniture store and hand delivered it to me. I do not sell furniture, but I sometimes do paint specialty items if they meet my specifications and if I have the extra time lying around. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Unfinished furniture is ideal because it comes perfectly sanded and ready to paint. It does not have any paints, stains or sealants that would prevent the paint from sticking, or that would require me to completely sand to get down to the real wood. I don't mind doing light sanding, but I don't have the tools or manpower to power sand an item this size. Plus, I hate sanding. That's the real reason ;-)
I absolutely love the high back on this toy box because it can double as a bench. This toy box/bench can multi-task like a mom!
Now we can begin...
One quart was more than enough for 2 coats of paint; I still have 1/4 can left. I left the back wall and bottom of the inside of the box unpainted because toys are going to bang up the inside pretty badly. I did not want any paint chipping off and sticking to toys that have been stuck at the bottom for too long. Not that I assume this is going to happen, but just precaution.
I wanted the toy box to match Ava's letters, but I thought polka dots over the entire thing would be a bit much, so I decided to do stripes on the lid. I used FrogTape (it's "the only painters tape that is treated with PaintBlock technology.") What does that mean? It means that you always get crisp edges on your stripes. Normally I have to touch up the edges of stripes if I use regular painters tape, but not with FrogTape... this stuff is magic!
|This was a last-minute idea before I started the dots.|
Helpful Hint #2: I wrote the letters first so I could rest my wrist down without setting it in paint. It helps to get a steadier hand. Then I painted the stripes when I was done with the name.
FrogTape use #2: I used the INSIDE of the FrogTape roll to make my circles for the dots. Perfect size! It made the painting of the dots go soooo much more quickly than normal because I didn't have to be so careful around the edges of the circle. Instead of tracing the circle, I just used the roll as a stencil and painted on the inside. I only had to do a few touch ups which leads me to...
Helpful Hint #3: When using a stencil, wipe off the paint between uses so that you don't get stray paint where you don't want it. Lesson learned.
If Ava is anything like my boys, she is going to be climbing on and in this toy box, throwing toys on, at and in it, and jumping off of it, I used a clear acrylic spray sealer to keep the paint from chipping. And I put 3 coats on it for extra measure ;-) I guess being a mom of boys has taught me well.
Timeline: Monday, 1st coat of paint, Tuesday, 2nd coat of paint, Wednesday, break ;-), Thursday stripes, name and flowers, and Friday polka dots, touch ups and sealer. Phew! But wow! I am so happy with the result!
Winnie was such a trooper when we had to transport this back to Baton Rouge. She shared the backseat of the Honda Civic with the toy box. Good dog.