I am really excited with this project and completely thrilled how this turned out!
We fitted a new restaurant style swinging door to our kitchen recently but it was missing the finishing touch of some funky finger plates to stop it getting dirty finger prints everywhere.
I looked all over the internet, DIY stores and Ebay and I couldn’t find anything I really liked without shipping it from America at huge cost. Then we discovered these floral beauties in a local antique/bric-a-brac shop for £1.00 the pair!
Whilst they are quite pretty, they are not really my style but they were a complete bargain so I started thinking what I could do with them. I didn’t want huge amounts of fuss and bother and so one thought sprang to mind…spray paint!
Looking around for inspiration I stumbled across one of my holiday photos from last year.
I have always loved French enamel street signs (this one means “broken neck road”!) and thought that a touch a French chic might be just what was needed.
I wanted a white base and the floral transfers would have show through. I bought this paint in matt white, night blue and a clear top coat.
As luck would have it the rain stayed away and I put the plates inside a box we had left over from our new kitchen clock to avoid me spraying the lawn white!.
Tip; make sure the wind is behind you, spray outdoors if at all possible and it is also a good idea to wear a face mask as the fumes are pretty strong!
I sprayed several coats of the white (enough to empty the can) using long smooth movements across the entire piece. Lots of thin coats are better than thick ones for the finish. The white did not completely cover the pattern but it was enough for an undercoat where only parts of it would show through.
The lid of the clock box came in really handy for keeping insects and bits of leaf off of the wet paint whilst it dried.
After the white paint was completely dry (around four hours). I used card making stickers to mask off a simple border and the words “Bonjour” and “Au Revoir”. I used a strip of masking tape to line up the letters so they were (almost) straight!
The scalpel or a pair of tweezers were essential as the stickers are pretty delicate and can distort if you don’t take your time.
Finally they were ready for the blue stage.
Using the blue spray paint in the same way I added about four coats of the night blue and again left it to dry
I left the paint for around eight hours before trying to remove the stickers. I used the tip of the scalpel to lift the edges and just in case I had to cut the paint layer in order to lift it without wrecking the paint.
However it was easier than I expected and the stickers came away easily with no damage! The paint had crept under the adhesive in a couple of spots but it was easily scraped gently away with the tip of the scalpel.
I then sprayed four or five coats of the transparent top coat onto it because I realised that these plates were going to take a lot of abuse from people going in and out of the kitchen all the time.
This time I left them a full twenty-four hours to dry.
I LOVE the result, it makes me smile every time I go through the door! What do you think a little bit of Oh La La?! What else could be done with other ones if I can find them?
In fact I am so chuffed with this project I am going to show it off a bit around the Interweb. I’m linking up to Remodelaholic’s Anonymous and Make It and Love It! link parties!