Although am v. addicted to and inspired by decorating blog Young House Love, own decorating style departs from their "sheik artsy urban thrifters" in a kind of "tribal meets steampunk meets urban minimalist" deviation (or as one college friend put it, "barefoot version of Pottery Barn"). This little project probably represents both styles, as have become addicted to my ORB (oil rubbed bronze) spray paint!
Self was studying some mechanics the other night around midnight, when suddenly realized should immediately spray paint toaster! See, when ourselves married, we arranged our Seattle-ite kitchen in bright red appliances, dishclothes, etc. This worked happily, since kitchen probably gathered all of Seattle's sunshine into its large realm every day. However, in our new Norman House, pocket kitchen has zero windows to outside, and as such does not resemble sun-drenched realm of bright glee. When ourselves remodeled kitchen this year, decided to strategically infer space by using palette of lighter colours.
Soo, has happened that the little red toaster became last (visible) piece of red in kitchen. You can see it here from a former set of photos about caulking around ceiling:
Have been puzzling over what to do with toaster. Sell? Buy new toaster? Move it to campus and replace? BUT turns out, after some digging, found that is nice toaster and replacement would probably end up being cheaper, less satisfyingly toastable version. Ergh. Do love a good toast. What to do. Live with red? But is so bright and jarring on kitchen-eyes!
Soo spray painting might be perfect answer! (Since self has learned about oil-rubbed bronze spray paint from Young House Love, do habitual squints around house peering over what could possibly spray paint with stuff.) Promptly took toaster apart, down to circuit board:
...proceeded to spray paint outer red shell of toaster (outside on back porch to minimize fumage!) (note: forgot white balance in first few photos, thus slight yellow tinge) (also note: yes is wine glass behind toaster helping self spray paint at small hours of morning):
Woke up early this morning, v. excited to put toaster back together. Machine was surprisingly docile at being re-allocated into its former self, and - ta da!
Ahh. So - coordinative. Look at how gently it smiles against the background.
Yum. Can see still need to add another outlet behind fridge still to hide fridge cord, but kitchen is getting finished!
Oh yes, and husband's response? Self showed toaster, excitedly exhibiting Vanna White Behavior. Husband: "what happened to the toaster?! ...hmm, you have steam-punked it." So, husband likes it too.
Wonder, have really steampunked it? Might have the two black knobs spray painted antique brass and sitting next to self right now, drying...might.
(Note: Some spray paints are flammable and should be used with caution to avoid blowing up kitchen. To avoid such blowing up, made sure that the outer metal that wanted to paint does not heat up when making toast. Also, sprayed outside, and made sure to let dry for 24+ hours before use. And always have extinguisher handy! Thanks to husband. :) )