The Buehler Buzz

{watch dumb and dumber do up their dwelling}

Month: May, 2012

Transformations

Remember all those before pictures from last time?

Check out these completed targets of my painting obsession!

First up, the A box:

Don’t you just love what some white paint will do?  I don’t know why it constantly amazes me…

And here’s its home:

Why do we need a box with Aaron’s initial on it?  Because he REALLY wanted to keep his earphones on the entry table, and I REALLY didn’t want his disgusting earphones on display all the time.  Compromise!  (Plus the A helps him remember that it’s his box.  All for him.  And he doesn’t have to share it.  With anybody.  Except for our friend Alex.  Or anybody else that comes over that has a first or last name beginning with A.  But we don’t have any of those.  Not even Alex.  I just made that up.)

Now check out that updated Buddha head:

I just found chrome spray paint, and gee sus I am in love.  And yes, I know the picture is blurry.  I probably drank an entire bottle of wine the night before and probably had the shakes.

Here it is in its grouping, which incidentally has already grown by a new head since snapping this picture:

We Buehlers love Buddha heads.  Not sure why – maybe because we’re both drawn to Asian influences in our own ways?  Like the ways we see depicted at Crate & Barrel and TJMaxx?  That must be it.

Moving on, an ugly vessel that stayed ugly but at least it’s now all one color:

This thing lives in our pool table room, and I’ve yet to decide exactly what it’s actually going to be used for.

Probably these same placeholder sticks that have been in there for the past two years.  (Because at what point can you stop calling something temporary, right?  I’m pretty sure stuff that’s been in place for multiple years can no longer be considered “temporary” and has moved onto “lazy” at this point.)

Now we’re getting into the good stuff.

The dresser – look at this one!

Dudes, this shit took me at least 15 hours.  No joke.  Do you understand how much time that is for a dresser we bought 2 years ago for $12 at Goodwill?  (Aaron seriously thought it was going to live in our garage until we died.)  And while it involved a whole mess of spray paint, the steps actually went like this:
1. Woodfill
2. Spray prime with latex primer
3. 2nd coat with latex primer
4. More woodfill
5. Touch-up with spray primer
6. Rolled dresser with white paint
7. Found a whole mess of bleeding on the sides.  (Bleeding, for those of you that don’t have a permanently clawed hand due to painting, is when the wood color comes through the paint.  Very common with darker woods, and EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING when trying to eliminate.)
8. 3rd coat spray primer, latex
9. More regular paint, 2nd coat
10. MORE BLEEDING
11. Finally wised up and went with the spray primer in oil.  (This always does the trick.  And I know this.  It took me so long to fix it because I’m lazy (duh) and I HATE getting oil paint on my brushes.  So I half-assed fixing it until it occurred to me that I could buy oil primer (duh, again).  These fumes may really be starting to have an effect on my live brain cells…)
12. Caulk and some more woodfill
13. More regular paint, 3rd coat
14.  Decided this was as good as it’s going to get… for a while.  And that was pretty damn good.

Here it is in my pink basement:

I LOVE IT.  Best $12 I’ve ever spent.  It’s currently holding all of our games – which reminds me.  Who wants to come over for poker sometime soon?  Or Farkle?  I’ll kill you at both.

Last but not least, the pink chair goes back to white:

Here’s why this was fun – this transformation took a total of 8 CANS OF SPRAY PAINT.  2 cans of primer and 6 cans of paint.  My suggestion to anybody on the planet thinking of painting anything a medium to dark pink?  Make sure you want to live with it until you go blind.  Because getting rid of that color was the most time-consuming spray painting adventure I’ve ever experienced.  All to get a bland base back, which I’m pretty sure is the definition of the word unfulfilling.

However, it’s now on our awesomely fun front porch and looking groovy, so I should stop complaining:

More to come… lots of fun stuff happening at the house.  Really.  You’re going to be surprised when I tell you.  Or scared.

Tata,
-L

It’s not that I’ve been taking time off…

… it’s more like I’ve been too busy to write.  Too busy spray painting.  Usually in the garage.  With the doors closed.  While drinking wine.  (I’m kidding, of course.  That would be ridiculous – what if the paint got into my wine?!)

Spray painting stuff like this:

 

and this:

 

and this:

 

and this:

 

and this:

 

and this:

See what I mean? I’m probably still high right now. Which would explain the unicorn that’s been following me around this week…

Later taters,
-L

PS: In case you’re high – these are all BEFORE pictures.