Calling all 'ye Painters of the World...
How long does it take for paint to not feel tacky to the touch?
The "official" website says it takes 2-4 hours to dry, but can take 24-48 hours to cure, based on the "blocking" tendency of latex paint. I'm not entirely sure what that even means, but I do know we are now at the 48 hour mark, and everything is still very tacky. I have it drying out in the garage, which I know is a more humid environment than the inside of the house (especially in AR). But it is also conveniently located away from Grabby Hands, and therefore, is the drying spot of choice.
(Didn't the red color turn out cool, by the way? Yay! The handles are not really that wonked out, to clear up any confusion. Some are just up and some are down in the picture.)
When I asked Aunt Kay about the drying, she said it could take a couple to three weeks for the paint to totally set. Which is probably true. I mean, she should know. But if that means Sophie's clothes, the dishes, and all of the office supplies have to remain in piles on the floor for that long, that's not really an acceptable answer.
I. (Twitch. Twitch.) MUST. PUT STUFF BACK. WHERE IT BELONGS!
I don't want to wreck the loveliness of everything, but the Not-Patient, Neurotic Neat-Freak in me will have to be institutionalized if waiting three weeks is the rule in Paint Drying. (Check out the office cabinet. The open part will sit on top of the part with the doors. Or vice versa. It can go either way. I really like the color it ended up being after it dried.)
Anybody know anything I can do to speed things along? I've positioned a big fan out there, and now I'm considering recruiting my hair dryer. ...But that might not be advised, huh? I might be a wee bit upset with myself if I "bubbled" everything Kay spent two days perfecting.
Eegads. Waiting stinks. I want to get this NEST set!
Isn't the little chair for the bonus room just too CUTE? The "inspiration" for it is a pillow I have from Pier One. I love the funky flowers!
Behind the chair you can see a bit of the china cabinet peeking out. It's the right color vanilla to match our breakfast nook set (it looks way more white in the picture than it really is), but I need to do something to it to give it a slightly distressed look (like the picture below). Our built-in cabinets in the living room have had a treatment applied to them to give a worn-ish (slightly dirty?) look. It's really cool looking in person. I'm not sure it translates as well in pictures. But I'm not at all sure how it's done. It looks like a stain has been applied to the paint and then rubbed off. But then, how did they get the stain to stick? Did they rough up the already painted wood at the edges before applying the stain? Or did they just go out into the backyard and grab a few handfuls of dirt and cram them into the cracks, like it kind of looks like they did?
Hmm. Anybody out there know?