I know some people are scared of spray paint but I have some tips for you to make it fool proof.
I tend to be bolder with color choices when using spray paint because it is so much less expensive than committing to a gallon of paint that you decide you hate after the first stroke.
For my chairs, I chose Fire Orange in a satin finish by Rust-Oleum.
These were my tired old chairs before.
They were ok, but they were old and they had stood up to 7 years of kids and spills and, like the best of us, they needed a facelift.
The great people at Rust-Oleum were nice enough to send me all the spray paint I needed to paint all my chairs, which was two cans per chair if you’re counting.
The most frequent question I am asked about painting my furniture with spray paint is “Did you sand them first?” Let me tell you, I have no time or patience for prep work. It is down and dirty in this house. All I did to prep these chairs was take off the seat cushion (they are only held on by some screws underneath them,) clean them well with some vinegar and let them dry. I have no idea of the actual science but in my mind the vinegar cuts all the oils from everyone’s hands touching them over the years and allows the paint to stick.
You can see those little screws that hold your cushion on if you flip over your chair.
Don’t you just love this color?
Here are my chairs with their new seats too. I will show you how simple it is to re-cover a seat cushion soon. The coverage you get with two coats of this spray paint is A-MAZ-ING and it is holding up to my little ones.
For this one, you don’t need a long story, it is much easier to go down the list and get some spray painting tips and tricks so here ya go 🙂
- Clean your piece well.
- Make sure imperfections are sanded off and cracks are filled in if you don’t want them to show.
- Let the paint dry between coats. The coverage just isn’t as good if you rush it.
- Constantly move the can. If you hold still trying to get one little crevice you are going to end up with drip marks.
- This may be a personal preference but I think a steady stream gives better coverage than the quick burst method.
- Don’t put your piece into action until it has cured for a day. You want the paint to be really on there and ready for the big game before you send em in.
- Don’t be scared of color. Spray paint is inexpensive and if you hate the color, just buy a new can and cover it.
- Make sure you paint in a well ventilated area
- Cover anything in the area you don’t want to get paint on it.
- Don’t paint on a windy day! You will end up using more paint because the wind is adding highlights to a tree’s bark instead of your piece.
- This is a “Do as I say not as I do” tip. Wear gloves. I looked like an Oompa Loompa for days.
You can see how well my chairs fit in with my new dining table here.