When I want a quick and easy makeover spray painting is my go to choice. Every.Single.Time.
And it rarely fails me, and these days there are so many different types that you can spray paint almost anything.
When it comes to the most bang for your decorating buck I love paint of all kinds. Nothing beats the transformative power of a can of paint. A while ago I wrote a post about My Top 10 Painting Tips, so I thought I would share my top 10 spray painting tips too.
Here’s my list of top 10 spray painting tips.
1. Read all the instructions on the can before starting.
This is important. There are many different types of spray paint and they may vary in application and drying time.
2. Use cardboard boxes.
Cardboard boxes are great backdrops for pieces of all sizes. I get free boxes at the grocery store. Also, whenever we purchase anything large I always confiscate the box for spray painting purposes.
3. Wear a painting mask.
To avoid inhaling over-spray. I know a lot of people who don’t do this, but trust me when I say that when the hairs inside your nose feel sticky that is not a good thing.
4. Spray in a well ventilated area.
Preferably outside on a nice calm day. NEVER spray inside the house. The smell and fumes will travel into every room. Also, pets tend to be more affected by this than humans.
5. Protect your spray finger.
Use a flexible plastic thimble so your spray finger stays clean and trigger-dent-free
6. Avoid drips by doing light coats.
Two or three light coats is better than one heavy one. Do one even coat over the whole surface and let dry thoroughly before moving on to the next coat.
7. Keep it moving.
Staying in one place for too long will cause drips and uneven coverage. Sweep across your project slowly and shake the can often.
8. Spin that project.
Using a lazy susan for small projects lets you easily turn them so you can do each coat over the entire piece. This saves time, and keeps you from moving the piece when the paint is wet… thus avoiding painted fingers.
Here’s a set of two that I use depending on the size of the project. I cover them with newspaper before starting.
9. Have patience.
I don’t usually do projects when I can’t take my time because I tend to hurry through them and often the outcome isn’t as good as it could be.
Plus, if I’m hurrying I’m not really living in the creative moment and getting the full enjoyment out of what I’m doing… which brings me to my last tip.
10. Have fun and don’t stress.
I’m a true believer that any project can be fun. It’s all about attitude.
For me it’s about being grateful that I have the opportunity to do any project at all… and a little classic rock doesn’t hurt either. 🙂
Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I f you do I’d love to hear them.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!