Then you go up a few stairs where there’s a master bedroom and….oops…the hell happened to the other bedrooms?
Ok, there’s a cozy kitchen and nice sized living room. So, for my virtual daydream, I went on a(n internet) quest to find decent splanch renovations.
I had been waiting patiently to give it a little upgrade (it was covered in old paint splatters and smelled musty and smoky from a ton of years in storage) and now that Clara is big enough to sit in it without a lap belt, it was finally time to get ‘er done (after, you guessed it, sticking it in our playroom for at least eight months).
I debated a ton of “refinishing” options: First came the spray priming step.
As if the cookie cutter exterior isn’t fugly enough, the interior layout is useless. I want to take the ugliest house and see what I can do with it.
Nothing is going to make this type of architecture any less hideous. Actually, historians credit Frank Lloyd Wright as the inventor of the split level. Wright has been turning in his grave since vinyl siding and shutters started showing up on these homes. After 2 historic restorations, I just want to have fun! PS: No offense meant to anyone who lives in a splanch.
I left it outside for two consecutive nice and sunny days so it could cure (bringing it into the sunroom overnight in case there was an unexpected storm or morning dew to contend with).
After two days outside it was pretty much cured up, but I let it sit for another 48 hours in the sunroom with the windows open, just to be sure that it was nice and dry (and no longer smelled like spray paint) before bringing it inside. See those shiny gleaming spots on the chair in the pic below? It’s also super durable and wipeable since it has extra flex and shine in the formula. The girl loves her big girl chair and yellow just happens to be her current favorite color.
So it was out the window with step one, and on to step two: deglossing.It said “paint & primer in one” right on the label. I will now repeat that thin and even is the key when it comes to spray paint. I decided I didn’t want to muck up the inside of my lock with spray paint, so I used a spare house key to block the spray from getting into the lock (while allowing me to access the rest of the knob).If you apply thin & even coats they won’t be globby and thick, and they’ll bond/cure very strongly, which will greatly reduce any issues with things flaking, scratching, or peeling down the line. I didn’t push the key all the way in for fear that the top of the key would block some of the outside of the doorknob, so I just stuck it halfway in so it would block the interior part without inhibiting access to the metal facade around it. No, I can’t afford another house, I’m just thinking. For awhile now I’ve been thinking about the next project.