Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Whoever invented persiennes ......

.... had obviously never painted them.

Persiennes are the things known in English as louvre doors (why???). I like them. But painting them is truly chiant. Oh yes.

I'm one third of the way through painting and patining seven of them, front and back. Each door has 66 slats. Each door needs three coats: one base, one wash coat and one patina coat. That's 2772 slats, if you count both sides. Each one is at a silly angle so that if you're not hyper-vigilant all the paint runs down and pools venomously on the other side, forcing you to leap like an ant-bitten maniac from one side to the other every twenty seconds.














It's - how can I put this? - interesting ...........

6 comments:

Margaret Lawrenson said...

You must be mad. Truly.

Kalba Meadows said...

Yup. I know a few other people who'd agree with that.

Actually, it's just got worse. The colour scheme that looked so good on my test piece of wood doesn't work in situ. So this afternoon it's back to square one .........

Sandee said...

Better you than me doing that painting! I'd be shouting naughty words for certain!

Kalba Meadows said...

You ain't heard me ........

gabriele gray said...

Have you considered taking the doors down and painting them while they are horizontal? I had only a pair of doors and after you probably know what decided it was worth the effort...
I also confess I gave in and got a sprayer...less to drip and pool.

That was a place I lived in over 10 years ago and in the new(er) place whenever I've considered louvered doors or such, I mentally whack myself a few times.

Kalba Meadows said...

The trouble with horizontality, if that's a word, is that you can't do the leaping bit to deal with the runs .... And in fact I do have a sprayer, and I did think of using it. (Actually, I've never used it. I only ever think of using it .... it was one of those 'now THAT would save a lot of work' impulse purchases ....). But if you spray you end up with just a flat one-tone finish and can't get that nice patine effect.

Yes, I know, I know. Own. Enemy. Worst.