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I could use several excuses as to why it took me so long to fix this eyesore that greets all visitors to our home:
I could tell you that we just moved in, but we actually moved in six years ago. I could tell you that my husband and I couldn’t agree on a new light fixture, but we only really went shopping for light fixtures once, and we ended up purchasing items for a completely different project and forgot. I could say that I’m short – only 4’11” – therefore never really looked up at the eyesore, and just not tell you that my husband is 6’4″ and can’t help but see the eyesore. And I could mention that my husband offered to paint it several times, but I kept saying no, I want to do it. (I said that several times too.)
Diane had a sad outdoor light fixture just like mine (actually mine is worse) and shared how she easily transformed it into a respectable new light fixture. Diane inspired me. (She always inspires me – go check out her blog!) There was hope for me and for the eyesore!
I liked the idea of painting on a new finish rather than taking everything apart, spray painting, and then putting everything back together. I love painting with brushes so I knew this would be easy. My goal for this project was to extend the life of this eyesore until we decide what we’d like to actually do with our entire front entrance area.
I used Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Metallic Paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze. (You can find it at hardware stores and the big-box home improvement stores.) And a few small paint brushes. And blue painters tape. That’s it.
It was easy, as if I was painting a craft project. Except that I was outside. On a ladder. And there were lots of dead bugs that had to be cleaned off.
And when I removed the glass panels to clean them, a heavy gust of wind caused those dead bugs to enjoy one last flight all around my face. But I digress.
Look at the difference!
Oh – did I mention how I hate our front door? I do. And that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.
However, the door knob and lock were in need of immediate help. I know. It’s awful. Don’t judge.
I painted them too. First I had to go overkill with the painters tape . . .
And then . . .
Quick tip for painting doorknobs and locks: Keep some cotton swabs handy in case you get paint on the lock area. Just wet the end of the swab with your mouth, and swab the paint off. Easy!
What a difference! (I type this as I’m shaking my head in the “what-took-me-so-long” way.)
Next up? Agreeing on a paint color for our front door. But like I said: that’s another blog post!
Now we’re a bit more respectable on our block!