Remember a few weeks ago when I designed the mood board for Abbi’s room? Well, I decided to finally getting around to painting the black Expedit bookshelf that we inherited from the people living in our apartment before us. I wanted it to be a nice crisp white. So I ran to the local hardware store and spoke with the man at the paint counter. I let him know that I was painting over laminate and didn’t want to sand so I needed a primer that would cover and adhere well. He recommended the two-in-one ultra paint & primer and assured me it would work great.
A few hours later I was happy with how shiny and white the bookshelf was looking so I closed the door and let it dry over night. The next morning I opened the door, happy and optimistic, to find that the paint/primer the man swore would work great didn’t work so great after all.
Whamp. Whamp. It just peeled right off. I didn’t even have to try it basically fell off on it’s own.
Once Abbi and I had returned the whole shelf to it’s original black I jumped online to do some research from sources that I trust – home DIY blogs. And I found exactly what I needed…
I just followed her directions to the letter. After a quick trip back to the hardware store for the Zinnser primer she recommended I was back home and within a few hours had a nice coat of the correct stuff on the bookshelf. I let it dry over night then followed it with two coats of the paint/primer that failed the first time.
When I walked in this morning I was a little hesitant. Gone was the happy optimistic girl of yore. But I was stunned. That paint is staying put. I even tried to scratch it with a nail file. Nothin. Not even a hint of black showing through.
So, take it from me. Make sure you use the right tools for your project or you’ll be one said lady for a few days. Trust me. I can’t wait for it to finish curing so I can make it cute!
Have you every had to learn the hard way when doing a DIY project?