I really wanted to share a project success today, but not all DIY projects end in success. Some are met with failure and frustration. I am going to tell you what I am struggling with in hopes that if you are experiencing similar setbacks you will know your not alone. And, just maybe, one of you craftier than me will know the solution to my dilemma.
First, lets start with a decorating success story. If you follow me on Facebook you know I picked up these cute grellow trellis lamp shades during a sale at Target. At the time I did not like any of the available lamp bases. Finally, last week patience paid off and I spotted these adorable glass lamp bases at Target (not sure if they are new or were out of stock before).
They remind me of bubbles. I love how they look in my studio. The glass doesn’t detract at all from my pretty bamboo counter. The petite lamps fit nicely under the shelf brackets. I put one on each end of the counter. These lamps will give me extra task light when working in my studio after dark.
Now onto the bad. See those silver things? So, I bought the Fintorp rails on my Ikea shopping trip along with the galvanized steel cutlery caddies. I did not want the galvanized steel look in my office, but these were the cheapest option. I figured I could spray paint them whatever color I wanted. Simple, right? Maybe that is why this is so frustrating.
I was wrong. Spray painting most things is simple, but you cannot spray paint galvanized steel. Something about the paint reacts with the zinc in galvanized steel. Long story short, the paint does not adhere to the galvanized steel. Boo.
No worries…I figured I am resourceful, so I moved on to plan B. I was sure Rub N Buff would work. Unfortunately, my local craft store does not carry it in brass, and I am inpatient. I opted for antique gold instead, hoping to still pull off an antique brass look. Sadly, the it didn’t seem to adhere very well to the galvanized steel either. It worked well in some spots and turned out very splotchy in others. Boo.
So my pursuit for brass utensil holders continues. I would love to know if you have any ideas that might work. Have you ever gotten something in galvanized steel you planned to spray paint only to find out the hard way it doesn’t work?