DIY Tips and Tricks: Spray painting like a pro!

Spray painting and “pro” probably don’t really belong in the same thought. I’m going to pretend they do, though.

Some people will let the color or finish of an object they want or need deter them from purchasing it. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do that. No matter the finish- metal, wood, plastic, or even resin, if you don’t like the color, you can definitely spray paint it. I’ve spray painted wooden ¬†furniture, metal candlesticks, picture frames, and even dishes.

Even though spray painting is ridiculously easy, there are a few tips and tricks you should know about.

  1. Not just any spray paint will do.

No one ever spray painted anything with a cheap spray paint and made it look good. I would steer clear of the store brand, no name spray paints, and buy a good one. I always try to buy a spray paint with a primer built in, since it helps cover the object, but it also keeps the paint from chipping off. You’ll spend a bit more on your paint, but you’ll also have an object that looks much better finished. Also, know what you’re buying. Choose a spray paint that is made for the finish you’ll be painting. There are different spray paints available in a variety of finishes. Some dry with a glossy finish, some dry with a metallic finish, and others with a matte finish. There are also different spray paints for covering plastic, wood, and metal.

2. Prep the surface

You will need to make sure your object is free of dust and dirt prior to spray painting it. You’ll also need to apply primer, if you aren’t using a spray paint with the primer built in. As you can see, I was not as vigilant about pre-cleaning this table, and now the table top is “mottled.” See the raised “bumps” all over it? Yeah, that’s what happens if you don’t dust it first. Use a clean, dry, microfiber cloth as cleaners can interfere with your paint coverage.

3. Buy one more can of spray paint than what you think you’ll need

This is a project where it is easy to misjudge. Here you see a rocking chair that is still partially white, as I ran out of spray paint. And trust me, if you do run out, chances are you may have to visit different locations of the same big box store because your local one ran out of the spray paint you need. I speak from experience on this one, folks.

4. Use the “six-inch rule.”

Hold the spray paint can no closer than 6 inches from the object you are painting. If you don’t, the paint will run and drip. To get a more even surface, hold the can six inches or more away!! If it doesn’t completely cover, you can always touch it up later.

5. Allow at least 24 hours to dry between coats

You might be impatient like me and want to get your project done. Listen carefully: not allowing your object ample time to dry will cause the paint to chip and flake off. It can also cause it to dry unevenly. Make sure your paint has had at least 24 hours to dry, because even if it feels like it’s dry, it may not be.

6. Drips and runs aren’t the end of the world.

If you do notice mottling of your paint, paint drips and runs, or weird dry patterns, it doesn’t mean your project is ruined. Just sand it and start over. DO NOT try to spot paint. You must sand and paint the entire surface again, but your mistake will not show.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and tricks. Now, get to paintin’! If you want to, that is ūüôā

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Farmhouse Friday: “Antique” tool caddy

Two years ago I went shopping at a local dollar store and I found this:


Granted, when I found it, it had this horrendously ugly label on the front:


Sorry if that’s your thing. I soaked it and scraped that bad guy off. I didn’t really do anything with it after that.

I do have some great ideas of how I’m gonna use it, though.


I added some mason jars to it (Classico sauce jars fit perfectly!) and used it as a silverware caddy in my dining room.


Then I had another idea and I grabbed some tin cans and used it to store my art supplies.

I can’t claim this one, but someone in a Facebook group I follow did this:


Now I want to buy a few more of these!!!

Have you dressed up a “Cheapy-find” and then find more than one use for it?

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DIY: The Cedar Chest Chronicle, Part Two


Well, we are continuing to work on my great grandmother’s cedar chest.

Last week, I had cleaned it up and begun working to remove the veneer with a hair dryer. 


We talked with a few local folks and they advised us to get a heat gun. We’ve been slowly but surely chipping away at the veneer with a heat gun and a putty knife. 


We aren’t all that much closer but we’re getting there. We are going to try removing the second layer with a chisel. 

Hopefully, next week we can update you with a naked cedar chest ūüėÄ

Until then, I’ll continue scraping away at the remaining veneer. 

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Spring home tour 2017


Spring has sprung at the Boone house. All of the red berries, evergreens and heavy textiles have been replaced by lighter colors, flowers and flowering branches and breezy textiles.

When I decorate for spring, I like to use a “less is more” approach. Lots of natural elements and not a lot of decorating.

I’m not 100% satisfied, but here’s where we are so far.


I later added a basket.

Our front entry boasts a simple vignette of nests, milk glass, rabbits and branches in a jar.


I’ve used these bird pillows for the past few years, but this year they seemed too plain.


I’ve decided to use these beauties instead:


That’s better, don’t you think?

I’ve owned this lovely china tray since college but have never used it. It looks lovely corralling my kitchen utensils.

The window looking into our dining room got a little greenery in the form of boxwood.


I changed just a few elements in our tiered tray and left it in the center of our table. Gone are the pine cones and plaid napkins: now nests, rabbits and springy napkins have taken their place.


On our sideboard hutch, our apothecary jars are filled with some springy goodness.


How sweet is that little glass bird?

Our “mantle” is looking lovely, with the bird theme continued.


Since I know it’s hard to see with the playroom behind it, here’s a closer look.


Again, that sweet bird! I just love them!!

My home tour isn’t completely finished yet so I will share the changes I’m going to make. 

Thanks for visiting! 

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Farmhouse Friday: Chalk painted Mason jars


Last week I showed you some chalk painted Mason jars.


These things turned out so cute. I love how the chalk paint really makes the details on the jars pop.


I popped some faux hydrangeas into the Ball jar and put it in my baby’s room.


But don’t they look darling with these art supplies in them?

I can also envision using these jars in a bathroom to store cotton balls and such.

But for now, I’m loving them as vases.


Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.

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Make it Monday: (Mostly) DIY spring wreath


I’ll admit it: this year our Christmas wreath stayed up until February. Yes, I know.

While I wanted something floral and colorful, I wasn’t quite sure that I wanted to use my white hydrangea wreath yet.

I have also become really good at repurposing old wreath parts.


I already had a grapevine wreath,


Some white faux flowers,


And a B that I chalk painted green.


I started by cutting apart the flowers and wiring them to the wreath like this:


Then, I used fishing line to wire the B to the wreath.


And finally, I attached the bow to the wreath.


Easy Peasy…and so much nicer than ¬†Christmas in February!


Don’t you think?


Come back tomorrow for some organizing tips for your home office.

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Make-it Monday: DIY Faux Succulent Planter


I have recently gotten into chalk paint.


I’m a little late in the game, but before I decided to go big and chalk paint some furniture, I decided to start small.

I also had a small mason jar and a faux succulent.

One thing led to another and then I ended up with this:


I got out some floral foam and cut it to size.


Then I put them all together. You’ll also need some moss to help hide the foam.


Doesn’t it look cute on my desk?


I can’t wait to show you what I did with these two jars.


Happy Monday!

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Kids’ Valentine’s craft: fortune cookie crafts


Last weekend, the girls and I made these cute Valentines bookmarks.


This weekend, we took a different approach and made some super cute fortune cookie Valentines.


I got the idea from something I’d seen in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens.

First, get some pretty paper or foam sheets. We used foam.


Then, trace the bottom of a wine glass and cut out your circle.


Cut a pipe cleaner to the length of the circle and glue it in the middle.


Fold over your circle and crimp the pipe cleaner in the middle.


You can even tuck a cute little message in the “cookie.”


I hope you enjoy making these cute little Valentines.

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21-day challenge: craft supplies

We bought this armoire off Craigslist two years ago to store my craft supplies.


My craft cabinet really needed some help. It used to be my dirty little secret.
Then, I was able to utilize some removable shelves, well placed storage containers and hooks and get this:



I was able to straighten and clean out my cabinet and get rid of the supplies we didn’t need or use.

I am looking at what we can do to make this space more functional. What I really want to do is build a closet like this:


Hi, Sugarplum!
Or maybe even this:


DIY by Design
Those are nice , but due to spacing, I’ll probably do something more like this.


Everything Etsy
Or this:


A Girl and Her Blog
But in the meantime, this is what I’m interested in doing to our craft armoire.


Pinterest
Or maybe this:


Design Mom
The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to show you what I choose to do.

But until then, it’s nice not having a disorganized armoire.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:

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Weekend Reading

Happy weekend to you! I hope you’ve had a great week. I have several projects I’m working on this week and I can’t wait to show them to you.

But first, here is what I’m reading this weekend:


Country Living: 100+ Bedroom Ideas You’ll Love

Better Homes and Gardens: Cleaning and Organization for the New Year

Southern Living: How to Plant a Windowsill Herb Garden

Have a wonderful week!

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