Spray Paint Oops and Some New Additions

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend.

I’ve been busy around the inside and outside of the house but I haven’t been posting as much. I think I’m just feeling tired from this past year of blogging and moving in the house and fixing up the house by myself while blogging. I’m trying to figure this all out so I can get back in the swing of things and back on track. I will be here for the long haul so I hope you’ll stick with me. πŸ™‚

I have still been getting things done though. One of the projects that I recently completed was some updates in my entryway.

Spray Paint Mistakes | chatfieldcourt.comI’m having another 1 step forward and 2 steps back moment. I don’t want to be a downer but I do want to always share my mistakes as well as my triumphs with you in the hopes that it will help someone else.

Do you see that freshly spray painted shiny, black bench? It wasn’t quite done but I was ready to take my pictures so I brought it in from the garage. The bottom shelf just needed a coat of polyurethane spray (the same thing I used for the top and the legs) and it would be done. I took all of my pictures, returned the bench to the garage, and asked my husband to spray a quick coat on it before he left for work last Monday morning. Well, he did what I asked but something had gone terribly wrong…

Spray Paint Mistakes | chatfieldcourt.comYeah…that’s not the look I was going for. The whole bottom shelf looked like that. I figured out that it had to have happened because the temps were a little cool that morning. Unfortunately Mr. CΒ² sprayed the legs and around the sides of the top too. Ugh. The only part that seemed to be ok was the top so this weekend we broke out the power sander and sanded it all, even the top. See, my husband put shop towels on the top to protect it and they left imprints on the surface, ruining my nice, smooth, glossy finish. OK…deep breath.

Spray Paint Mistakes | chatfieldcourt.comAfter it was sanded and wiped down thoroughly, we sprayed it with primer and it all crackled. While muttering a few curse words, Mr. CΒ² immediately ordered that it be thrown away. I, on the other hand, really felt like I had to at least try to fix it, so I searched the internet for information and ideas. After a few hours of reading (and looking at new benches) I decided to cover the top with a cushion, which I wanted to do anyway, and to try to use some oil based primer and paint.

So that’s where we are today. I will sand it down…again…and paint it…again and I’ll let you know what happens.

On to some happy news! After 20 years we are proud to announce our 3 new additions here at Chatfield Court.

Spray Paint Mistakes | chatfieldcourt.comDo you see them there? Aren’t they so cute? Baby tomatoes. I’m totally joking but it’s so great to see our first garden in our new house flourishing. We lived in the South for 20 years and couldn’t have a garden so we are really excited about it. I know…really lame. πŸ˜‰

Have you ever had an oops moment with spray paint? Do you have a garden this year? Do you get excited to see new things happening with it?

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support of Chatfield Court. I hope you have a great week!


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  1. Shirlee
    Monday,June 16, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    I like it when bloggers “keep it real” and show the good with the bad. Also, showing the process from start to finish it fun to see. I can totally relate to DIY burnout. We’ve been in our house for 6 months and I feel like all I’ve done is work on the place and still have soooo much to do. I find that taking a break either by walking away from a particular project helps as does looking at inspirational blogs (such as yours :)) keeps me motivated.

    I haven’t had a garden in years, close to 20! I never did start one at our last home as I knew one day we’d be moving. Now that I feel we’re finally “settled” I hope to start with a small one next year. It’s so exciting and rewarding to grow your own veggies, no matter what the size of your garden is. We have to get our overgrown and neglected yard shaped up first.

    Sorry about the bench mishap. Never seen that happen with spray paint before. The crackled finish looks like gator or croc skin. Maybe you can start a new trend! lol Skins creep me out, so I hope not.


    • Kristi
      Monday,June 16, 2014 / 10:46 pm

      Thanks Shirlee! Your comment made my day. I appreciate the kind words, your understanding and your support. I’m hoping that by stepping back a little I can regain my balance. I’ve just been all gung ho since I moved in and I’ve never really given myself a break. I love blogging though so I know that this is only temporary.

      Of all of our projects, I think I was most excited to start our small garden . I hope that you get to have one next year.

      I’ve never seen spray paint look like that either. I hope that I can fix the mess that it made. I’m not having a lot of luck with paint lately. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks again for visiting and your continued support.

  2. Monday,June 16, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    Kristi, I would have been so upset if my beautiful bench top was ruined in the process of trying to finish the rest of the bench plus the crackling! I can’t think of anything at the moment, but I’m sure I’ve had plenty of “oops” moments. Usually they come at the worst times too!

    Living in Western NY we are able to have a garden (don’t have to worry about it getting too hot). Although we have to wait until the last frost and that could be waiting until the end of May before planting.

    My garden is in and one of my grandsons help with picking out and planting the garden. He especially wanted to plant peas and I just noticed yesterday that he has some pea pods growing. He will be so thrill when he sees them, he has been asking about the peas every time he’s over our house.

    Hope you don’t have too many more “oops” moments!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 17, 2014 / 10:18 am

      Hi MJ. After all the time it took me to get the top smooth and looking good, I was really upset. I’ll just be happy to be done with this project and have a good looking bench.

      It is the same here for planting our garden. We weren’t able to put it in until the end of May. That’s so great that your grandson likes to help you in the garden. I bet he will be thrilled to see his peas growing. Hopefully he’ll enjoy eating them too.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment.


  3. Tuesday,June 17, 2014 / 10:21 am

    OH I know what you mean about baby tomatoes…I was just admiring my wee ones yesterday! πŸ™‚

    Your entry looks so pretty πŸ™‚

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 17, 2014 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks for the entry love Deb! Who knew baby tomatoes could make you happy. LOL πŸ™‚

  4. Tuesday,June 17, 2014 / 11:18 am

    If it can be done wrong with spray paint, I’ve done it – from getting too close while spraying, to hurrying to get it done, to (oh my gosh!) forgetting to wear a mask and inhaling the stuff … which I believe may be the cause of the “scar” x-rays now show in my left lung. So I feel your pain but I know you’ll conquer this – never never never give up!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 17, 2014 / 2:19 pm

      Wow, Mary it sounds like you have done it all with spray paint. So sorry about your lung. I will certainly keep that in mind when I paint again. Thanks for visiting and for the encouragement…I will never give up until I fix it! πŸ˜‰

  5. Tuesday,June 17, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    I have had this exact same experience, and know the frustration. I try to look at it as the universe pointing me in a new direction. πŸ™‚

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 18, 2014 / 11:08 am

      Thanks Pattie! That’s a good way of looking at it. I’ll try to remember that when I’m repainting. πŸ˜‰

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