Monday, October 19, 2015

Spray painted outdoor lights

We’ve lived in our house for exactly four years now — Thursday is our move-in anniversary — and so I celebrated a little early by doing something that’s been driving me crazy since we moved in.

I have no idea why it took me FOUR YEARS to tackle such a simple project, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes.

You see, our builder-basic house (or “builder-blah,” as I like to say) came with plain white outdoor light fixtures. I suppose the builder chose white so the lights blended in with the windows and trim, but there was absolutely no contrast against the latte-coloured siding. They weren’t even a shiny white — just a primer-y, dull white that was starting to rust. Yuck.

So one sunny afternoon, I rounded up a roll of painter’s tape, a couple of clear garbage bags and the can of spray primer + paint I’d had for ages (Krylon’s Brushed Metallic in their oil-rubbed bronze satin finish).

Fall is a actually a great time for outdoor painting projects because it’s nice and cool, and you’re not battling the humidity during the drying time. On this particular day, though, it was definitely too windy for an outdoor spray paint project. Luckily, those minor details never stop me.

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