Spring Spruce Up-My First Project

Perhaps it is my budding Pintrest addiction or to combat all the testosterone in this house, but lately I have been feeling the need to decorate and spruce things up around here.

I have four young boys in this house which can almost guarantee that any super cute, expensive, decorative items I buy will end up broken or written on. So my goal is to decorate on a budget.

I decided to start by sprucing up some items we already have. First up, the 11 year old chairs that were rusting on our back deck.

THE HUSBAND wanted to throw them away but I wanted to try to rescue them first. The only thing wrong with them is that they are really ugly.

I bought two cans of Banner Red Krylon paint. I cleaned off the chairs, set them in the yard and then tried my hand at spray painting. (Notice all the paint on the grass. THE HUSBAND will shake his head at me when he sees this :0) )

Things I learned.

  • Use a cloth or trash bag etc under the item you are painting.
  • Two cans are not enough to cover four chairs, I need one more can.
  • Make sure kids and pets are not near you when spraying. There is over-spray and some pretty strong fumes, even outside.
  • Keep moving. When you pause while spraying the paint pools and starts to drip a bit.
  • I found the best way to prevent this was to start spraying and then move it over whatever you are painting. It wastes a little bit of paint but prevents drips where you start.
  • I am not too bad at spray painting if I don’t say so myself.

Here is the finished product.

Are you working on any projects at your house? Do you have any more tips for spray painting? Have you used it for any projects around your house?


  1. Great job! I found that a spray paint trigger(usually a couple of bucks near where the spray paint is sold) that you pop onto the bottle of spray paint saves your index finger and gives you a little more control.

  2. Leffews923 says:

    did u sand the rust off the arms before u painted?

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