Friday, August 31, 2018

The Tank

THIS is the oil tank behind my house. The one I have to paint. For your reference, the window on the far right is the window at the end of my sewing studio.

My Dad had laughingly suggested pink, like my doors. I figured I'd get busted for that as the neighborhood organization is decidedly conservative and not particularly creative. Dark brown - the color of the trim - would read as a dark blob, but I wasn't sure I had many other options.

But I thought I could do something soothing, like these colors, the soft blue, green and yellow. I'dve arranged them like this: light blue, green, yellow, green, light blue in vertical stripes. It would have been very pretty and soothing.

Alas, painting a metal tank has some limitations. If I want the paint to stick, the paint guy suggested Rustoleum, which has a very limited selection of colors, at least in the gallon size which I would need to cover my tank. So I surrendered, and chose "Brown Leather." I bought the paint, the brushes, the roller and tray, and paint thinner, because Rustoleum is an oil based paint.

So I had just checked out at the big box hardware store, and while I was waiting for my Dad who was using the restroom, I checked out my blog.

Julie suggested Black and White. Oh holy hell! How come I didn't think of that? Then Ducky suggested a geometric design. DOUBLE holy hell!!!

HOWEVER.... Black and White are colors I CAN get in Rustoleum, so I will return the brown for WHITE!  Until I work out a design I can give the thing a basic coat of white.

Then I did what any good painter does. I prepared the surface. I washed the tank. After that I was chatting with Julie because I thought her black and white idea was totally kick ass. But I didn't really want to exert a lot of energy or effort.

"...just go look at your stash" Julie suggested.

Oh. Well, I have this (above).

I also have THIS, which could be a lot of fun because it is pretty much free hand, and kinda silly.

which reminds me.

See that little window above the tank? It's my bathroom, and HERE is the curtain in that window.

Yes. Black and White. Bras and Panties.

No, don't go there. I will NOT be painting my oil tank with bras and panties.


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

For me, that job would require spray paint. It goes a LOT farther than you think it would. If you are going to do something creative, Spray the background then go to town on the cool part. I'm going to be interested in seeing what you do. My husband would go for something really conservative. I, on the other hand, would not.
xx, Carol

quilter mom said...

You and Julie are quite the pair. That tank is going to look awesome. Thanks for the chuckle this morning. I needed that.

Quiltdivajulie said...

This is gonna be F-U-N !!!! Happy painting.

Just Ducky said...

You go girl! Think outside the box (tank)! Can't wait to see the finished product.

PS. Maybe paint one bra and panty in a secluded spot!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Zebra! Whatever you choose, your tank will be awqesome.

Ann said...

What a fun project. Enjoy!