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This Is Not Working

Among the many unfinished projects around my house, mounting the window treatments I made for the music room was not one I expected to have to add to the list. However. My spiffy new draperies have been folded up on the floor so long I expect I'll have to press them again before putting them on the windows.

My problem is my brackets. I had 6 brackets in the style I wanted to use. Actually, I had four (painted white) from the guest room at the old house, but I couldn't find two more so I had almost given up on the style--until my very awesome mother produced some matching extras (unstained) from her attic. Go, Mom!

Next, I had a problem locating rods like I wanted to use. I finally found one--but only one. Later I found two more. In the process, I altered my plan to include rods with an antiqued gold finish, instead of a sort of honeyed-walnut finish. So, now I have my rods and all 6 brackets--four white and two unstained.

Well, actually two-and-a-half white and one unstained... I've been experimenting on the other three. I can't find any gold paint to match! I've tried various spray paints (one out of an expensive "how to give your furniture that antique crackle look" kit) and this really awesome little can of gold varnish that I was convinced would work (well, according to the picture), but instead of a nice, matte gold finish, it produced a super-glossy, translucent, gold-tinged sheen. That was on one of the white brackets, and it was a really cool effect (cooler even than the picture on the crackle kit), but not the look I'm going for.

I've looked at all the paint stores... arrgh. Why is this so hard? I just want to hang my draperies!

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yesimthegirl
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
OK, so as sick as this may sound, have you tried gold-leafing one? It should produce a more matte finish instead of that "I spray painted it gold!" look. Other than that, I'll have to consult my arsenal of paint books to see if I can find a better solution.
yarbiedoll
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
It's funny you ask... I was looking at gold-leaf the other day...

And it's not sick. Periodically I think about re-leafing one of my mirrors, but have just never bought the materials to do it.

I need some kind of crafty icon. Maybe I can find a picture of the Beastie Boys and title it: She's crafty.
yesimthegirl
Oct. 9th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
I like the new icon.
yarbiedoll
Oct. 9th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm engaging in pro-craft-ination.
yesimthegirl
Oct. 10th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Just no brass monkeying around.
yarbiedoll
Oct. 10th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Oy. You win.
openheartsoftly
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
At least you know what you want it to look like.

I've lived in this house a whole year and I still have no idea what I want to do with it.

Some days I want to paint this or that one color or another.

Some days I want to add rows of shelves.

Some days I want to pull up the carpet and try to repair/save the hardwoods underneath.

Sometimes I think I want a whole house full of tile flooring.

Some days I want to go Asian.

Some days I want to go Gothic Modern.

Some days I want to go sixties.

Some days I want the whole place to look like a cabin in the forest.

Most days I really just have no idea.

Have the best
yarbiedoll
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, I feel that way about the rest of my house. I'm just talking about one room here! :D
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