Friday, July 11, 2008

things were going so well...

So...I've been prepping and painting my new place and it's been going really smoothly. I've gotten a lot done. I even completed my chalkboard wall in the kitchen today. Somehow, all of that was momentarily eclipsed this evening when I set about spray painting the radiator in the main room. The paint dude at Home Hardware told me I could paint radiator paint on with a brush or spray paint it on. Spray painting seemed like the fastest and easiest option - especially because I didn't want to end up with obvious brush strokes all over the radiator. Ohhh...if only I could set the clocks back 36 hours...I'd forego the spray paint and deal with the brush strokes...

First of all, idiot that I am, I didn't wear a mask or protective gear of any kind. Secondly, I figured that a few feet of drop cloth would do the protection trick for the floor. Oh gah...how wrong I was.

I began spray painting and all seemed well until I realized that the room was filling up with fumes pretty darn quick and the open windows weren't doing quite the ventilating job I'd presumed they'd do. I got up from where I was crouching, spray paint can in hand, to take a few steps back to view the partially-completed job and try to get a sense of how 'fumey' the room really was. And that's when I realized that fumes weren't my only problem. My feet didn't move as quickly as I wanted them to because my flip flops were sticking to the floor. Turns out the airborne spray paint moved up then down, settling all over the room. Lifting up the drop cloth sheet revealed - to my horror - that I had, in the space of about 7 minutes - managed to coat the entire hard wood floor (except for the few feet covered by the cloth), in a fine, sticky coating of paint powder.

I ran to the bathroom to get some water on a cloth to see if I could somehow remedy the floor situation and that's when I noticed what my little adventure had done to me. Let me just say that you really have no idea how many nose hairs you have until each one of them is coated in white spray paint. I don't even want to think about how many brain cells I burned tonight. Golly - it's almost as bad as the time I covered my entire naked body with industrial paint for a university art project.

Needless to say, when I realized that I couldn't just wipe the paint powder off the floor, I packed up my things and ran for home to have a hot shower in an attempt to dislodge paint from my breathing tubes. I'll go back in the morning when the fumes have disappeared and survey the damage. Does anyone know if renting a hard wood floor polisher would rescue the floor (and me)?

To be continued...

5 comments:

jer said...

depending on the kind of paint you used, i think varsol or laquor thinner should do the trick, thinned down a little with turpentine.

test your mix on a corner with a cloth to see if it takes the finish off the floor. if it does, it just needs more thinning. might need scrubbing too if you got a heat resistant paint.

sweet blog!

Anonymous said...

hahahah! that sucks but so funny. i could totally picture the event as i was reading.

on a side note... looks like the place is coming along great! cant wait to see the after pics!!

luv steff

adorninc said...

Don't fret! You might just be able to take up the paint with water and a rag. It may take some elbow grease but hopefully it'll all come up. Good luck!

Denise said...

Covering mistakes like that is why Walmart has such a fine offering of throw rugs.

Jessi said...

you just saved me! i've got the same radiators in the corners of all the rooms in my apt. they are this shiny silver color, which isn't horrible but i'm not a fan of them. I was thinking of just getting some spray paint and fixing the problem. i'm going to re-think that idea now!

i love your blog ... it's wonderful!

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