Studio Day 8 – Painting Shelves

Today was my day set aside to put two coats of SW 6124 Cardboard on all the new shelves / bookcases in my art studio. I woke up at 4am and proceeded to stare at the ceiling until 6:30am this morning. I don’t really sleep anymore or at least not in any sort of pattern that is suitable for human consumption. I scampered into my studio and taped off all the shelving units where they met the freshly painted walls.

I was leery of the “cardboard” color because the first coat went on looking like something our baby’s would leave in their diapers after eating something that didn’t agree with their digestive systems.  Luckily the color lost some of its yellow when it dried, saving my shelves from looking like baby poop for eternity. The color looks nice, in a tone on tone way, compared to the walls. Also name “cardboard” is a nice art studio nod to what my first job out of school, I designed temporary corrugated (i.e. cardboard) displays.

I finished up at 10pm, with a few hour break in the middle to go dinnerware shopping with the family. I did two coats total and used just over a gallon. I still have to paint the shelves and bench but for now it’s done.  And certainly done enough to let it dry then clear coat the horizontal surfaces.  Clear coating will keep items from sticking to the shelves as water based interior based paint never really “dries”. We could have used oil based paint but then the fumes would have been awful. For the record oil based would be more durable as well, but I’d rather trade durability for not having chemicals off gassing into my home. Personal preference.

As for dinnerware, we finally bought our first set of plates in the last 13 years.  The old one that cost like a buck a piece at IKEA were just downright old, scratched up and even moldy, eek!  The time had come to buy “grown-up” plates.  We got them from Pottery Barn and they’re pretty neat. I should take a photo for you. The wife put them in our open cabinets in the kitchen. The plate sticks out so it’s a good thing we never got doors for our cabinets; if we had doors the plates wouldn’t fit. Now that open cabinets are all the rage, the plan is to have me paint the insides of the cabinets “Resort Tan” to match the family room / Kitchen wall. The white plates should “pop” off of the mushroom colored backdrop.   Another painting chore added to my list.

Well it’s late and I’m tired. Here are tonight’s pics.

Other shelves painted.

Other shelves painted.

Today's artsy mug shot.

Today’s artsy mug shot.

Bookcase painted. By the way the wall paint peeled off when I took the tape off on the one side so I'll have to touch some things up.

Bookcase painted. By the way the wall paint peeled off when I took the tape off on the one side so I’ll have to touch some things up.

I cut down this cheap brush I got at Sherwin Williams. The stick part was way too long and annoyed the bejesus out of me.

I cut down this cheap brush I got at Sherwin Williams. The stick part was way too long and annoyed the bejesus out of me.

Shelves with two coats of Carboard paint.

Shelves with two coats of Carboard paint.

 

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