Damn! Look at this radiator. Have you ever seen such an admirable appliance? It embodies grace and charm in cast iron...
...and white paint, of course. Hamerite paint. Paint directly over old paint, bare metal, or even rust. And it works. Of course it still needs some touch-ups. You can't see the défauts in my pictures, but if you get your eyes close to the thing you sure can. Walt will be doing the touch-up work this morning.
Of course, how often do you get your eyes close to a radiator? Or even notice one? Les radiateurs font vraiment partie des meubles. CHM will tell us whether that expression can apply in this case.
To paint it, we had put the radiator on an old sheet that we use as a drop cloth. But paint dripped off the radiator, soaked through the sheet, and ended up in big splotches that were drying on the floor. Thank goodness the floor is ceramic tile. We were able to clean it with what they call White Spirit in France — it's a solvent and paint thinner, maybe turpentine — with the help of a scraper and scouring pad.
Then I had to wash the floor with a cleaning product, rinse it with hot water and vinegar to deodorize it, and dry it with a towel. It didn't take too long, and I think it was worth it.
We have been working on our kitchen for more than a year now. In May '07, we had a new window and shutter put in. We had electrical work done (new outlets and a vent fan over the stove) later that summer. In May 2008 we painted the walls and ceiling, bought a toaster oven, and then got a new gas stove to replace the old electric one. And then, finally, we painted the radiator. All the while, we tried to keep cooking.
This is what you do when you have a lot of spare time but not a lot of spare cash. At least you feel a little more worthy when you complete the job. C'est enfin fini.