August 16, 2011

All I want for Christmas is a Paint Sprayer

Long time no see huh. Well I have been up to my eyeballs in paint and stain and a palm sander.  Some good friends gave us a dining set they no longer needed and instead of going to goodwill they thought of me. By the way, isn't nice when people think you can make something out of nothing and give you stuff for free :)  Hubby picked it up after school about a month ago and it sat in the garage until I could find some motivation to tackle it, I had planned on selling the set once my new company Christian Creations is up and running (SOON I hope) but Hubby liked the chairs so much we decided to keep them. The table on the other hand will probably be sold (still finding the motivation to finish that). The chairs are solid pine and pretty comfy and free, what could be better?  After a quick sanding I started painting...this is where the post title comes in.  After the third chair I was about to shoot myself.  Those spindles were killing me and I saw that they were going to need two coats of paint.  But lucky me I survived, only to realize they looked too plain and would probably get filthy in a few days time.  So,  I channeled my inner Pottery Barn designer (didn't you know we all have one of those? it's called )and got out the sander and some stain.  I sanded down places that would naturally wear and applied a thin walnut stain.  Working in small areas, I wiped on the stain and quickly wiped it away with a clean cloth, the darker you want it the longer you keep it on. And finally finished them with a coat of spray polyurethane. All in all, I love how they turned out but I have already asked for a paint sprayer for Christmas...  Some of you might think I'm being dramatic, and to ya'll I would say some very not nice things.  August in New Orleans is probably what hell feels like.  So here is some pictures to walk you through the process:

and now the after dun dun dunnnnnnn:

Have a great Tuesday, I'm battling a toddler who refuses to nap so my day is going to be awesome.


Here's where I'm partying:


Designer Garden


Gloria @ A Little Paint said...

I get stuff for free all the time too! Most of the time its a good thing, but sometimes I'm like ahhh I have NO MORE SPACE!

I totally feel your pain about the spindles on chairs. I have a chair I repainted, the color and finish look a lot alike! It's in this post about halfway down. I really hope Santa doesn't run out of paint sprayers again this year...

Sommer said...

You will not regret getting a paint sprayer. I have only hand painted one thing since I got mine a year ago! Now I'm going to pick up some of the annie sloan chalk paint this weekend and already asked if I can put it in my sprayer lol. The answer is yes but nobody I have heard of has tried it yet. We shall see! That chair turned out adorable =) Please stop by and share this at my VIP party today...