I am no stranger to “do-it-yourself” home projects and usually fare well when I take one on. This weekend, however, I was traumatized by a can of paint with granite crystals. The paint swatch had a nice golden glitter effect with small granite speckles – PERFECT! It will look beautiful in my dining room – one lightly textured wall with darker surrounding walls.
On Friday evening I stopped at Lowe’s to purchase the paint and a few other miscellaneous supplies needed to complete my project. With the plants out of the room, chairs moved, the table cleared and covered with a drop cloth, and a pitcher daiquiri on hand, I started painting.
Half the wall was covered when I stepped back and gasped. “That doesn’t look like the swatch”, I cried. It looked like gold paint with black sand clumped and blobbed throughout. “Oh God!! What the hell….” Panic set in. How in the world was I going to get this clumpy mess off my wall, I thought as I downed my third glass of daiquiri. This can’t be happening…
The clock read 10:10 pm when I picked up the phone to call L-Boogie. “Hey Poo. What’s up?” L-Boogie greeted me as she answered the phone. After tearfully explaining my plight, she giggled and said she be there shortly. Everyone needs a friend like L-Boogie! She gave me a simple solution, “You’re going to have to sand it down and go over it with the darker paint”. Now why didn’t I think of that? I giggled as I finished the last of the daiquiri in the pitcher…this will be a piece of cake!!
Saturday morning started with me sanding the wall. Yes, I own a sander. I did say I was a “do-it-yourselfer”! Got the wall smooth and started painting again. After applying two coats I decided that I had enough…I was leaving well enough alone and the one wall with a splash of color would do. I also decided I would never try to “faux finish” paint ever again in life! Don’t believe the hype…it’s not as easy as it looks on T.V.
BTW…don’t drink and paint…they don’t mix. 😉