I have to admit I'm not a super handy person; I grew up playing with candy-colored nail polish and worrying about broken fingernails. I never touched a hammer until I graduated college, and didn't buy my first toolkit until a few years after that. Putting furniture together from Ikea is tedious and even the "easy" do it yourself (DIY) projects intimidate me. But lately the blogosphere has become so inundated with the DIY craze (thanks Pinterest) that I simply had to try one for myself. So, without further ado... here's my 1st DIY project for the blog.
I read online that steel wool and a cleaner called Bab-o would remove the tarnish and bring back luster, glimmer, shimmer and shine. They lied (see picture above)... I scrubbed until my arms were tired and only splotchy portions of the handles shone. After all that work, the handles looked uglier than when I started... at that point there was no turning back.
Equipped with a can of Krylon gold spray paint and an old sheet to protect my hardwood floors, I got to work. I opened all the windows in my apartment, put on clothes that I didn't care about and tied a scarf around my nose and mouth to prevent paint inhalation (thanks Carol). I laid all the handles out on the sheet and sprayed away. Did I mention this was my first time EVER using spray paint??? It was really easy once I got used to spraying lightly. Once everything was coated, I stepped away, admired my work and waited a few hours for them to dry.
About 4 hours later, I reattached them to my desk with the screws and a flat head screwdriver. The shiny updated hardware looks so much better. This project cost me absolutely nothing (that's right $0) because I already had all the materials. It would cost you about $5 for the spray paint and if you don't have any old sheets, you can always use a dollar store plastic shower curtain as a tarp.
What do you think of the results? Would you try this at home? Do you have any DIY projects that you are itching to do? Leave your comments below.