Friday, November 29, 2013

Painting Ceramics

In the frenzy before my guests arrived for our Chanukah party I tried getting a few things done around the house. I really needed more tables in the living room for people to put down a drink or a small plate and I found an old ceramic stool in our basement that was the perfect size.
But, the original brown color just wasn't working in my gray and taupe living room.
It looked just fine when it was used on the sun porch in our last house.

So, what's the solution when you need a quick (and cheap) color change? Paint, of course. Here's something you may not know: you can paint ceramics! I've painted lamp bases, vases and more...it's easy if you use the right paint and primer. This was a quick project which was great since I didn't have much time with all the other holiday preparations.

The first step was primer.  Be sure you use the BIN primer that's shellac based--great for shiny surfaces like this one.
I did clean it very well with some rubbing alcohol remembering to get inside the holes where dust collects.
Spray and let dry for an hour or so.
Spray several light coats of the new color until surface is completely covered.
That's it!
The gold looks great with all the grays in the living room and I feel like I have a new piece of furniture for the cost of two cans of spray paint!
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