I’ve made that clear over the years I think. Nothing is sacred. Well, the living things. That’s about it.
I showed you years ago how I started spray painting something on the floors that was sticking out to me – our registers. We used to have laminate floors that were a darkish reddish and I noticed immediately after they were installed that the light colored vents were sticking out like a sore thumb.
There are a few scratches on it but nothing major – I’m actually surprised at how well they have held up. This is after four years people!
So, it’s been a year and a half since we got our new hardwoods put in, and it’s taken a year and a half for me to continue the spray painting throughout the rest of the main floor.
It’s just a little thing, the lighter registers bugged me EVERY time I took a photo of a space. Not enough to actually do anything about it for 18 months, obviously, but I did notice them.
Spring to a DIYer means many things – one if which is the ability to spray paint outside again – ‘tis a glorious thing. So last night I got to it.
I’ve used all kinds of brands and like them all. This time it was Krylon, because it’s what I had on hand:
It’s been a while my friend. I’ve missed you. Sniff.
I just took the register out (and covered up the hole because we have small animals that would go for a ride through the HVAC system), then cleaned it off:
Don’t go crazy here, I mean – just wipe it off a bit. I don’t get it sparkling clean. It’s a register. That lives on the floor. Enough said.
I went outside in the glorious warm weather (finally!!) and started spraying:
Then I waved at my neighbors, trying not to look like a freak for spray painting my registers and standing there taking a picture of myself while doing it.
I’m sure they’re like, WHY does she take so many pictures? She must have some boring photo albums. For real.
Anyhoo, get it from both sides, you’ll want to get the vents real well. I don’t worry about the jobbies that move inside. They’ll get some spray and that’s enough for me. Remember…it’s in the floor. No one will study it to see if it’s perfect. If they do then feel free to kick them out, cause that’s just annoying.
Here’s a look at them in the floor, one painted, one not:
See how the the darker one kind of disappears and you don’t notice it as much? I don’t want to notice floor registers. :)
I don’t prime them – I probably should. But with a little curing time they hold up pretty darn well with just the paint.
If you leave them outside to dry they’ll be ready to put back within ten minutes – as long as it’s not humid out. Just don’t walk on them for a while so they can really set:
Each one took me about five minutes start to finish, and then some drying time.
I doubt the lighter ones were standing out to anyone else, but I’m weird and it’s my house so I changed them. :)
Here’s the thing, do you think my precious ORB (oil-rubbed bronze for you newbies) is going away? I think it is. I decorating friend told me years ago it was a trend and I didn’t agree, but now I’m finding it’s going away a bit. The lighter, stainless finishes and even antique brass are making a HUGE comeback.
I’ll always consider ORB timeless on things like door knobs though. And floor registers, obviously. ;)
Have you spray painted anything yet this spring? Are you still on the oil-rubbed bandwagon too?
**To see what else I’ve spray painted, check out these projects. :)