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I was pleasantly surprised by the great responses I received to my Spray It, Don’t Pay It post. I thought it was a “niche” post but it turns out a lot more of you are interested and intrigued with using spray paint to change things up than I would have guessed. So today I’m offering up another DIY inspiration for using spray paint.
Spray From Little to Big
While I was spray painting the small items shown in my previous post (the soap dish and toilet pull), my husband tackled bigger items. He totally spray painted a pair of patio sling chairs. Had he told me ahead of time about his plan to change the chairs from beige to bronze with spray paint there’s a good chance I would have tried to talk him out of it. Hmmmmm, maybe that’s why he didn’t say anything?!?
It’s not that the chairs didn’t need a color change. The years-old beige looked boring and years-old! Once upon a time the beige looked good against the darker, muted green wood of our previous home - but the chair color was just too light against the light stucco color of our new house. Here’s what the chairs looked like before my husband started his spray paint adventure.
Here’s what they looked like after my husband got his hands on the can of Rust-Oleum Metallic All-Surface Paint in ”Oil Rubbed Bronze” color. Thechairs look good – they’re fresher and more contemporary against our light stucco and dark balcony railing. It’s important to note that prior to painting he gave the chairs a good cleaning, scrubbing them down with a soft brush and a bucket full of warm water and liquid dish soap. You’ve got to have a clean surface for the paint to adhere evenly.
Why would I have perhaps tried to talk my husband out of spray painting the chairs? Only because I would have doubted that the sling back material would paint well – as you can see in the close-up “before” photo it’s a woven type material. My hesitancy might have prevented a very successful transformation. Take a look at the close-up “after” photo and you’ll see the woven material took the color very well – and it’s held up well to our usage this summer.
So there you have it – a beige to bronze revival of a standard sling back patio chair. Guess the moral to the story is, don’t be afraid to spray on!
Have any of you finished the spray paint projects you wrote me about a couple of weeks ago? I’d love to hear (or better yet, see) how they turned out – whether big or small. Click the Comment link below and leave a note about what you’ve been spray painting – or email a message and some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear your spray paint adventure.
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