9.02.2011

Big, fat fail

Last week I went to Home Depot and bought 6 of these


I had big plans for them.  They were scheduled to get a gold makeover.  See, I was too lazy to order the proper ones online and thought I could just give them a little coat of spray paint and all would be right in my world.


After I let them dry, I saw chips.  Then more and more chips.  Those stupid effers would not hold the spray paint.  This is what I spend 45 minutes doing

chipping off all the spray paint

big FAT fail!

So now I'm left with the original silver finish wondering if I can ever get my beloved gold finish on them.  This is what I will spend my Labor Day doing.


Hope your Labor Day is filled with happy gold dreams, Ciao!

21 comments:

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

Welcome to my life! :)

Maybe some sort of a primer would help it to adhere?

Or you could try gold-leafing them??

Rene said...

I hate it when that happens :( This happens to me all too often.

Happy weekend!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

You need some adhesive spray on primer!

ljjasper said...

Krylon Spray primer will solve your problem. Always prime metal.

Ashley said...

Here are some spray painting tips that have never failed me!

1.Sand them down with 120 grit sandpaper (this will give the primer something to hang on to)
2.Use an Etching primer. This is great for glass and metal or anything with a glossy surface.
3. Spray the handles with your gold paint very lightly! this is super important. Do 3 or 4 really light coats. Sounds like a lot of work but a really light coat will dry fast (10-15 mins) so you will be done in 1 hour. If the paint looks bumpy or rough after a couple coats sand lightly with 200+ grit sandpaper and then do one last coat!

Bonus: you can screw your hardware to a cardboard box so they are standing up while you spray :) no flipping required.

GOOD LUCK!

LindsB said...

Ashley, that is exactly what I am planning on doing. After my big fail I did some research (which I should have done before) and figured out what I did wrong- ugg live and learn I guess :)

Ashley said...

Oh, boo. Nonetheless, I'm sure many of us are still very excited to see the project you are cooking up with these handles!

Ashley said...

I did the same thing but with a door knob and Oilrubbed bronze spray paint, whoops.

Best way to learn, I think, I dont retain things well when I'm told what to do beforehand lol.

Now you will be Pro-Status!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

have you tried rub n buff? i have never used the stuff but have seen others use it on hardware. maybe that would work!

RD said...

rub n buff!

Linny said...

I'm having this problem with a project I just did! I primed before I spray painted and it's still not quite right. Maybe sanding is the key? I'm glad you posted this - I see bloggers spray painting anything and everything and haven't seen many (any?) talk about it not working out.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I see that Cassie suggested Rub 'n Buff, that would be my suggestion. It's disappointing when you take the time to do a project and it doesn't come out as planned. Good Luck.

Full House said...

I am so glad you posted I was just thinking yesterday about this whole concept.

Have great weekend!

boops said...

I once asked a carpenter about painting a piece of furniture. His advice was 1) prime 2) sand 3) final paint

Hope this works on metal as well.

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

Yep what Ashley said :) we spray painted our campaign nightstands' hardware using that method (see my blog for that project) to turn them from gold to silver and it worked just fine! a few months in, they're still holding up.

Punctuation Mark said...

you needed to prime them first and them but one of those special to paint outdoor metal furniture... not an easy process!

Linda @ a design snack said...

if you do Rub n buff, wear gloves -- even if it says you don't need to.

lemondropdreams said...

You should try rub n buf. It's sold at Michaels and comes in a small tube but a little goes a long way. It'll turn anything gold!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Try rub 'n buff...oops, my eye just saw the previous comment suggested that as well. I think you'll be happy with that result! Janell

cat said...

gold leaf them! With the oil based size and then brush on a clear oil based varathan. And clean them off with TSP first. I know that will work, I have done it.
Cat

nicole said...

What about gold leafing them?