Sometimes it’s the little things and in this case it was a boring drab stool of the Target variety. A bit beaten and weathered looking since it’d been around for a few years getting good use. Itching to try a spray paint technique left me with the DIY Island Stool. Island, since turquoise and lime green remind me of island cottages that I’d luv to own someday. The stool that’s a workhorse, but no reason it has to look it!
Here’s the drab beginnings – maybe you have one of your own your considering…
- Pick 2 favorite spray paint colors ( I generally use indoor/outdoor type)
- A plastic grocery bag
- Plus all those protective things like something to cover the floor where you are painting and plastic gloves if you like
- First, you’ll want to either lightly sand all the sides or use a liquid sander.
- Then it’s on to the fun part – spray your base color first on the bottom leaving the top for last. Spray 2 coats on the bottom before painting the top so you don’t have to worry about re-coating once you blend.
- Spray the top in the base color and immediately spray light touches with your second color to the top followed by a large “brush stroke” with the plastic bag in the spots where you’ve sprayed the second color. This will give a nice blending to the 2 colors.
- After drying, sand the edges and a bit across the top for a weathered look as if you’ve been living the island life for years!
- Optional: clear coat with a satin finish spray
Tips to keep in mind:
Make sure the temperature where you are spraying is not too hot or paint will start drying immediately. Direct sun with 75-80 degrees is a bit hot for working with spray paint I’ve found.
When you use the plastic bag for blending, pull the bag into a ball with a flat smooth surface that you’ll pull across the paint lightly.
Don’t like the way it looks or you are just getting the hang of blending? Wait until it dries, lightly sand then re-spray.
Enjoy your spare time!