I’m so happy that I finally finished this project! It took longer than I thought, not because it was difficult, but just because we had to go back to the store several times. Also, the baby has been majorly teething (4 molars at once, are you kidding me?!) and she has been pretty much a ball of misery the last few days so that has been occupying most of my attention.
But I finally made over the patio table and I’m super happy with how it turned out! Spray paint is a wonderful thing.
Remember, the patio table used to look like this:
The paint was scratched up quite a bit and it was just a little dingy and sad.
We just polished off any loose bits of paint with some steel wool, wiped it down with a rag, and then primed with a medium primer.
I like to be super cautious when using oil based paint, especially spray paint, hence the HEPA mask and long sleeves/pants. Not only are the VOCs not something I want in my lungs, but with spray paint the droplets get EVERYWHERE…and I definitely don’t want droplets of paint in my lungs. The HEPA filters are the pink ones, and this HEPA mask only costs$14 (and is surprisingly comfortable). Totally worth it for your health!
An associate at Home Depot told me to use the medium primer (the gray primer), but I’m not sure that was a great idea. It took SEVERAL light coats of yellow (Rustoleum Sunburst Yellow) to cover it. I feel like a white primer might have been better. I used 3 whole cans of paint and realized I needed more coverage, so I had to go and get another can. Then I had to wait a whole 48 hours before I could re-coat the table.
After the table was finally painted I had to go back to Home Depot to get new hardware for putting it back together because the old hardware was all rusted out.
Although the process took a long time (about 4 days), actual spraying time was short — perhaps an hour in total. The table just sat out in the yard in pieces for a few days while it cured (and then was re-sprayed and cured again).
I love how bright and happy it is, and I can’t wait to enjoy many summer dinners out on the patio.
Don’t you just love spray paint? Have you spray painted anything lately?
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