Primer is Not a Good Idea….It is a MUST!

This weekend I had a DIY fail. I was anxious to start a project after so many months of little work getting done around this place. I rushed in to save my recipe box with spray paint blazing, but my poor little box was a casualty of the DIY war.

Small tins and recipe box

It started like this, a nice enough box, but not my style. I have no idea where I came into possession of this container. I have had it for years, and it has moved with me across state borders and from apartments to houses.

Recipe box

I have never been thrilled about the look of it, but it did not bother me enough to do anything about it. Inertia had set in.

Recipe box

When I was looking around my house for an easy project that would not require buying anything, my eye fell on this little guy sitting innocently in the kitchen minding his own business. I had just used him that morning when I needed a recipe he holds for me to make pancakes.

Recipe box

I carried him outside and set everything up. I used the wax paper so that the box would not get painted shut. The spray paint was left over from painting my kitty lamp, so I did not have to buy anything. Or at least that is what I though when I started.

Recipe box make over

After the second coat, I started thinking that I should have bought primer.

Recipe box make over

The third coat proved that I should have bought primer.

Recipe box make over

So, I failed to rescue Mr. Recipe Box from his country style. He is too countrified for a quick make-over. I should have headed out immediately to buy some primer and fix him up.

Recipe box make over

Unfortunately, I was too lazy, so he will just have to suffer a while longer. I hope he is not too embarrassed by his condition. It might be a while before I get around to doing anything to make him look any better. I hope your projects are going better than mine!

Recipe box make over

Happy Homemaking!

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I am a teacher, traveler, artist, writer, homemaker and a whole lot more. In January 2009, I bought the Cape of Dreams. It was the second house that I had ever owned, but it was the first that I bought by myself. I now live in the house with my husband Douglas, our dog Kahlua, and Crème de Menthe, the cat. Because, what life is complete without a little Kahlua and Cream? I love arts and crafts of all kinds, and I refinish furniture as well. We are slowly redoing our entire house. You can read about my projects on my blog

3 comments on “Primer is Not a Good Idea….It is a MUST!
  1. tess says:

    red and yellow paints are notorious for being translucent

    a tenant picked a bordello red semigloss paint for the kitchen,
    it took about 6 coats to build up the layers!

  2. D'Arcy H says:

    Spray paint is basically a disappointment. It’s almost shear! However, even with his country bones showing through, I think he looks better red. I sympathize with you painting problem and I identify with your laziness!!

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