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Friday, March 16, 2012

Spray Painting Season!

Happy Friday!
It is certainly spring here, could even be considered summer with these temps.
That means it’s spray paint season!
As you know, I am a lover of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Latex has a place in my heart too.  And I will always have a love affair with spray paint!
When I suggest spray painting to people, they think I am kidding or they doubt my recommendation.  Folks, it is easy, cheap and serves a necessary purpose!  It is also the way I started.  For under $4, you can transform anything.
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My very first project and the first desk I sold when I opened Vintage Restyled.  It sold on opening day!
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Oh, the overspray!
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All done.  I kinda miss that one.
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Bedroom Mirror reno 006Bedroom Mirror reno 007
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Here are a few tips:
  • Be sure to select the finish for the project– flat, semi or gloss.  It’s a personal preference.
  • There is specific spray paint for plastic, if this is what you are painting.
  • You will have roughly a 4 foot overspray, so clear the area and place drop cloths.
  • Make sure you are in a well ventilated area.  Having used chalk paint for so long, I tend to forget this!
  • Lay your item down – DO NOT spray your item when it is standing upright – you will get drips.  For example- on my desk, I removed the drawers, laid them so the drawer front was flat and then sprayed.
  • Use long, fluid strokes NOT short
  • After the first coat is dry, look for missed areas, sand out any bumps or imperfections.  Then give it a light sanding.  Many times I skip this step.
  • Go for coat #2.
  • Let dry completely.  It will still take a bit for the paint to fully cure, so be gentle with the item, but you are pretty much done.
  • I always use spray paint on items with tons of detail ie: bird cages, picture frames, chandi’s.
  • Spray paint comes in a million colors, is easy to use and is a cheap way to transform anything.
Now that it’s spray paint season – go get your paint on!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post, I needed a spray paint tutorial. I love that mirror! What a transformation!

Maureen said...

I love spray painting. I try to at least prime with spray paint whenever I can. This winter was so mild in New England that I was able to spray paint almost all winter!

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