This has been a crazy week, I’m sure most of you can relate. As many of you know, I have a day job working in municipal government. I don’t share much about that here because that’s part of my boring, 9 to 5, accountant persona. It’s not terribly exciting to share, but I do love my work there.
Here in Minnesota, our governor has finally issued an order for non-essential workers to Stay at Home starting tonight at midnight. We were anticipating that he would do so, so I spent most of the week preparing for the possibility that I would have to work from home. I won’t be able to do all of my work from home, but I can do a good portion of it here.
So this week has been spent scrambling to put things in place in preparation for the Stay at Home order over the next two weeks. It has been a strange combination, being really busy at the day job and then going home and feeling like I had absolutely nothing to do. Even though not all of our businesses have been closed yet, I’ve been trying to avoid public contact whenever possible so Mr. Q and I have been staying in and binge watching M.A.S.H.
I’ve also been at a loss for a good blog post for today. All I worked on this week was a simple pair of candlesticks from the thrift store.
I purchased these because I liked the beefy size of them. They weren’t horribly ugly or anything, maybe just a tad boring.
I decided they might look pretty fab with a rusty finish, so I pulled out some Dixie Belle products.
I started by painting them with a base coat of Dixie Belle’s Caviar, a basic black. Once that dried, I added two coats of the Iron paint from their Patina Collection. Before the 2nd coat of the Iron paint had a chance to dry, I sprayed them with the Green spray.
After waiting about 24 hours, they had developed some rusty patina.
It’s definitely an improvement, but I wanted a little bit more rust.
But I have found that when using these products, the rust continues to develop over time. So last night I checked them out to see if they had gotten any rustier since last weekend.
They look a little rustier for sure.
I’m debating putting them outside to encourage even more rusting, like I got with the planters I painted last summer.
Hmmm, watching candlesticks turn rusty … seems like ‘a tad boring’ is a bit of theme today.
How about you? How are you coping with the pandemic? Working from home? Having to close your business entirely? Missing your family? Running out of toilet paper? Got any great ideas for relieving the boredom?
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the Patina products used for today’s project. You can find their products here.