First of all, can I say how much I love painting?
Like with a brush. And a can.
Give me my favorite paint brush, a bucket of white primer, some Michael Buble playing on Pandora and a quiet house with no one at home = my love language!!
It calms my soul. It lets my creativity soar.
Why on earth did I decide it would be a good idea to start a SPRAY PAINT project on our 12 year old patio furniture in the heat of summer??
It was not relaxing.
It stinks super bad.
It was not fun.
I have blue snot.
I turned myself blue.
I started this project back at the end of June. One random day I decided it would be fun to pick up a few cans of spray paint while at Lowe’s and try it out on our furniture.
I got out my trusty spray paint tarp and went to work!
The blue color was beautiful and there was only a minor problem. That one little can painted my chair and one spot on the table. Hmmm, guess I’d have to go get some more.
Then, Brian moved the tarp a few days later and my blue spray paint left a big square mark on the patio concrete. Ooops. Oh well, no more painting on the patio. Must paint on the grass, note to self.
I picked up some more paint eventually and one day I happened to see this marvelous invention of FABRIC spray paint online.
Really? Fabric. Spray paint??
I found it on Wal-mart.com and just marched myself into our local Wal-mart one afternoon to get me some fabric spray paint. The man at the paint counter looked at me like I had 3 eyeballs and told me they have never sold anything like that.
Really? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure I just saw it on your website???
I got in my car and ordered myself a few cans online, free shipping right to the store!
I’ll show crazy paint dude! Maybe I’ll even walk through the paint section on my way out and do the “told ya so” dance…
Then it turned 1000 degrees for the remainder of the summer and I put off any kind of outside activity, until tonight.
Patio table, check.
And I got a few more chairs and tables completed. YAY!
Oh, what are those random marks all over the grass you ask?
Don’t worry, kids. The grass won’t be blue forever.
And that random bowl in the middle of our yard???
When a mama cat decides to show up on your back patio and have 4 baby kittens, you MUST feed them!!
Then, it rained yesterday and the cat food got wet and I walked outside and about threw up this afternoon. I tossed the bowl and the wet food full of a fly colony in the yard. Gross.
Back to the patio.
I used 6 cans of the blue paint and I still have more furniture to paint. Geez. Will this ever end??
I decided it was time to try out the fabric spray paint on our cushions.
First, I got a grey color.
It does not cover really good, y’all. It takes forever. And like an ENTIRE can for each cushion. It runs about $3.50 per can (I got mine on sale – check different colors, they go on sale), but still.
By the time I finished this painting, I’m pretty sure I could have learned how to sew and did covers on my own.
Not even joking.
I also tried Sand color – I liked how it covered much better.
Those two cushions? 4 cans.
And you can still see part of the design coming through in some places.
They aren’t perfect, but Brian reminded me that I’ve never been about perfection in any of my makeovers. So, maybe I’ll end up loving these. I just don’t know.
All the evidence from today??
Yeah. I could barely hold my spoon at dinner because my hands hurt from spraying so much.
And I have like 6 more chairs and 8 more cushions to go!!!!
All in all, it looked pretty stinkin’ good when I started putting it all together on the patio this evening.
I’m still not sure if I like the grey or sand better. TBD.
They have tons of colors. Maybe I should try a navy!!
Here are the three paints I used tonight:
Rust-oleum Fabric & Vinyl Satin in Grey and Tan
Valspar Outdoor Anti-Rust Paint + Primer in Peacock Blue
Meanwhile, I might finish this never ending #makeovermonday project by Christmas, lol 🙂
- Start small with spray paint.
- Find an area to paint and make sure you cover your feet. Or be prepared to scrub them afterwards.
- I usually do small low key projects with spray paint. I don’t have the patience to evenly cover and my hand starts hurting so I get all sloppy.
- Bigger furniture?? I would recommend white exterior primer ANY day over spray paint. It covers better, looks nicer and doesn’t make a mess. I even paint inside because it doesn’t stink!
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