Tuesday, February 21, 2012

spraypaint runs in my blood.

on saturday morning, i woke up with a desire... no, a NEED to spraypaint something. lucky for me, and thanks to a combination of it being a beautiful sunny day and a spur-of-the-moment decision from a few weeks ago, i knew exactly what to paint and i already had the supplies i needed.

the what: our 90's gold hallway light fixture.

the what color: Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze.

i started by taking off the globe, taking out the lightbulb, and unscrewing the fixture from the ceiling. it wasn't until i had it dangling by its wires that i realized "oh crap! electricity and whatnot! abort! abort! abort!" and i headed to the basement to play with the breaker box. (note: always turn off your breaker BEFORE starting any kind of electrical work)

this blurry picture was my reference as to how to put the light back up later

after i flipped a breaker labeled "lights," i had to try and figure out a way to make sure that it was the correct breaker. i thought about using Mark's live-wire-voltage-tester-thingamajig, but i wasnt exactly sure how it worked, and i didnt want to break it, and he wasnt home at the time. (note: NEVER do electrical work if  you are the only one home) so i called him, and he suggested the genius idea of just putting the lightbulb back in the fixture and flipping the switch. duh.

once that was all taken care of and the fixture was down and i was NOT electrocuted, i prepped the fixture by stuffing part of a paper towel into the socket and taping over all the important stuff with blue painters tape. then after a few coats of paint, (i made sure all the screws still turned between each coat) a slight wind-related mishap, and one last coat of paint for touchups, our crappy fixture was looking brand-new and wonderful!

i taped over the important technical info sticker so we could read it later

once i had almost let the paint dry long enough (read: it was still tacky but i was too excited to wait any longer) i enlisted the hubs' help to reattach the wires to each other and the light to the ceiling. i tried to do it myself, but i required either more hands or more skills than i possessed. and while mark has the same number of hands as me, his skills are definitely more impressive than mine.

i'm in love. its such a little thing, but sometimes the little things can bring a big amount of joy, right? or is that just me that gets giddy-excited over stuff like this? either way, this light fixture is awesome and i am officially a fan of the ORB spraypaint.

so now the only thing that our hallway needs to be "finished" is something for the big blank wall. what do you suggest?

big art? stencil? frame gallery? should the frames be black or white? should the pictures in the frames be in color or black and white? how do you feel about colored mats? too much for a little hallway? i am open to suggestions, so hit me with 'em!


Rob said...

For the hallway, I recommend a moment diagram for your entire house. Self-referential, semi-existential, and totally awesome!

Miss Brenda said...

I am so proud to be your mom