Spray paint Befores and Afters!
Do you love spray painting? Here at FMG we see lots of amazing and ingenious projects using spray paint. Here are more brilliant paint-in-the-garden ideas and how-to-do-it tips and tricks!
Rheba Smith says, “Many, many years ago we found two of these chairs on the side of the road. I fell in love with them and immediately knew they would be used in my deck garden as plant holders. I have used them pretty much every year, but this year I decided to paint them and where the circle is, I am hoping to find a dreamcatcher at Dollar Tree or something like that to add to them.”
Not only did Rheba make a remarkable color change but she also used some ‘art supplies’ to make these chairs her own! Rheba added ‘inserts’ that are humble paper plate holders which she embellished. Great idea!
Nancy Carter says, “Here’s a chair that I painted recently. I painted this little chair pink right before Mother’s day but wasn’t sure what I would set on it. On Mother’s day my daughter brought me this beautiful planter of pink super bells! Perfect!”
Jacquie Glaspie says, “This is a chair I just painted for junquefest coming next weekend. I decorated the back too. I keep thinking how good it would look in my own yard!”
- Choose a well-ventilated location. Outdoors or an open garage.
- Protect from overspray using deep cardboard box, cardboard sheets or a dropcloth.
- Clean and sand the surface to be painted.
- Use the proper spraying distance, probably twice the length you think! Test the color, if you’d like.
- Apply multiple thin coats and keep the spray moving. Dry between each coat.
- Allow the project to dry. Warm weather shortens drying time.
- Clean spray valve by holding the can upside down and spraying until only a clear gas is released.
Susan Bax says, “This is what my swing before refurbishing it. I liked the chipped look for awhile, but the wood was getting mildew on it, and would have been ruined if I left it this way.”
Later… “This is just a photo of our very old lawn swing and garden area after we spruced it up. I scrubbed it; sanded it and painted it with some great ‘mis-tint’ paint that was only $5.00 per gallon (usually $38.00 per gallon), and now it looks like new! I’m encouraged to fix up the other lawn furniture now. I had a shorter plate border last summer and I just left the plates outside all winter. They survived without any damage. I’m leaving them outside.”
Surprising surfaces you can paint!
Just roughen smooth surfaces with sandpaper and use the proper paint, for example plastic needs spray paint meant for plastic.
- Fabric and vinyl.
Becky Norris says, “This is the before and after photo of my new garden chair. I found the green chair at an auction, stripped it down to the bare metal and repainted it to match my garden. I know it will now last a long time without rusting out.”
Myra Glandon: “I recently painted a thrift store bird cage purple and now I’m searching for the perfect plant.”
Tamra Dalton: “The file cabinet now is turned into a organizer! I put some caster wheels on it, so it’s easy to roll around.”
Have you spray painted something recently for your gardens? Share with us!