Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Barn Blocks - Lady of the Lake
Planning stage - I'm GOING to paint quilt blocks on our Barn/Garage. We call the garage "the barn" as both of us have some country background.
This design is 4 blocks of "Lady of the Lake" - many years ago, I sailed a LOT!
2 quarts of quality Latex semi-gloss house paint and a large roll of Painter's tape = $44.00!~ Yikes! Oh Well, I'm on a ROLLLLLL! I started Saturday, finished on Wednesday morning.
Here is my first, and only mistake. I admit - I did NOT listen to DH. But I also didn't want to make holes in the barn/garage, and decided to paint my blocks on the siding -- not the best idea.
Background is blue/periwinkle - don't you just love that word?
You use more tape than you think - have a friend or husband hand you the tape pieces. I needed 2 coats of each color. You cannot tape it all at one time, but must stagger some of the lines. The painting didn't take much time - but there were many trips back and forth.
It was impossible to paint with the sun glare. I had to paint very early and then later in the day
I needed a small makeshift scaffold to paint the higher parts. The chair is used after weeding or watering petunias! LOL
OK, (below) here is what happens when painting on siding. No matter how hard I pressed the painters tape, some ooched out under it. I tried pouncing the paint with a sponge brush instead of strokes, but it didn't help. Oh great - my enthusiasm is waning! I should/coulda/woulda painted it on a smooth piece of plywood and hung the sign, and made holes in the barn/garage siding. Too late now.
I missed taping a few triangles (easier than you think!), and had to re-do several times, but the most time-consuming was "fixing" the paint ooching. I should also have purchased a bit of barn/garage paint, as it ooched under the taped edge, and onto the siding where I didn't want it. Uh ohhh, none of that paint left. DH gave me a good chisel brush, very fine, for fixing the final touch-ups. Since he was my official tape dispenser, he decided to get in the act! Smarty pants!