DIY Tips and Tricks: spray painting furniture

DIY Tips and Tricks: spray painting furniture

I recently noticed our white porch rockers and thought they could use a little update.

There were areas on them where the paint was chipping, but also, we have plans to paint our porch in the near future and I wanted the chairs to pop. Paining is far from my favorite thing to do, but did you know you can spray paint your porch furniture?

Not only can you spray paint it, you can do it and make it look good.

1. Sand any chippy or rough spots so they’ll be smooth prior to painting. If you don’t do this, the paint will just chip anyway.

2. Use a primer or a spray paint with a built in primer.

This will help your spray paint bond to the furniture but will also ensure the finish dries smoothly.

3. Quality is important

This one doesn’t really need explanation. You get what you pay for. The cheaper your spray paint, the less likely you are to have a smooth finish that’s durable and attractive.

4. If your paint runs or drips, sand it off and repaint.

Don’t panic if you make a mistake. Just sand it off and try again.

5. How to spray paint. For best results, shake the can prior to painting, and hold the can six inches from the furniture while painting. Allow each coat to dry 24 hours before applying additional coats.

I haven’t painted our railing yet, but I can’t help but imagine how pretty these black chairs will be against a white railing.

Have a wonderful week.

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Free spring printables

Free spring printables

Spring is getting prettier and prettier here in our neck of the woods.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I love typographical art: I love displaying it and I love making it. Today I am sharing three spring printables with you that I have made.

To download, right click on the print of your choosing and save it to your device. For best results when printing, do not print larger than 10×13.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I have been away celebrating my anniversary, so I apologize for the light posting schedule.

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Desk Boxes

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Desk Boxes

I have loved the Kate Spade office line since it came out, and I especially loved these cute storage boxes.

But I couldn’t see myself paying $54 for three cardboard boxes.

I had three shoeboxes at home from recent purchases.

I also picked up these items:

I quickly broke out that gold spray paint and I painted those shoe box lids.

I gave those bookplates a good spray, too.

Then, I painted the box bottoms black.

And when they dried, I taped them with painter’s tape where I wanted the gold stripes.

Then I sprayed away with that gold spray paint.

I then allowed the paint time to dry and peeled off the tape. I attached the bookplates.

How’s this for a designer dupe, folks?

Have a great week! Next week I’ll show you where I’m using these boxes.

Make something Monday: Spanish moss topiaries

Make something Monday: Spanish moss topiaries

I really like the look of moss topiaries but I don’t like how much they cost. Thankfully, you can DIY them pretty cheaply.

I went to “blue big box store that starts with a ‘w'” and bought the things you see above. I also collected two sticks from my yard (not pictured).

I then painted the outside of the terra cotta pots with white chalk paint.

I painted them on the inside, too.

Then I glued a little styrofoam ball to the bottom of the pot and shoved one of the sticks from the yard into it. This forms your topiary base.

I covered the “base” by gluing Spanish moss to it until it was well covered.

I then took two more styrofoam balls, glued Spanish moss to them, and attached them to the top of the sticks.

There you have it. Two farmhouse inspired moss topiaries for less than $20.

Cheap, easy and cute- my favorite type of craft.

Have a great week!

Creating a DIY Rustic Coat Rack

Creating a DIY Rustic Coat Rack

We had an awkward blank wall in our bedroom that was just begging for some rustic charm. I thought about buying a coat rack, but I couldn’t find what I wanted at the right price.

Then I found these super cute drawer knobs at Hobby Lobby. I loved the detail and “antique” look of them.

I immediately knew that I wanted to use them. I went to the garage and grabbed a scrap board. I stained it using Minwax Mohogany.

I then measured the board and marked where I wanted the knobs to go. Next, I drilled the holes.

I then inserted the knobs and screwed the bolts and washers to the board.

Now I no longer have an awkward, empty space, and a handy, cute new place to hang clothes.

What rustic DIY projects have you done lately?

Create a Fixer Upper style sign…for cheap!

Create a Fixer Upper style sign…for cheap!

I don’t know about you guys, but I love Fixer Upper. I’m always impressed by what Joanna puts together and I always love seeing the final product.

Have you ever visited the Magnolia Market website? There are so many things on there I’d love to buy, but we are trying to save money AND live with less.

I’ve recently been coveting this bakery sign:

I was set to order one but then noticed the pile of scrap wood in my garage. I instantly knew I could DIY one of these signs.

I created the letters in a font type and size I liked, printed them out and cut them out. Then, I painted the board white and traced the letters.

I then filled them in, taking care to make the letters look a little aged to add to the sign’s rustic charm.

I then attached a hanger to the back and displayed it in my dining room.

What Magnolia/Fixer Upper style craft have you completed lately?

Board and Batten farmhouse shutters: a ridiculously easy DIY

Board and Batten farmhouse shutters: a ridiculously easy DIY

Our kitchen had this awkward window above the sink, which looked into the dining room. It was random and weird, and I couldn’t decide what to do with it. I thought about putting a cafe rod and curtains there, but I really didn’t want to do that.

I wanted something more unique. I spotted some scrap wood in my garage and I had an idea: why not create some simple, rustic shutters? I measured the opening and cut the wood. Then, I bought some cute hinges and handles.

Here they are all laid out but not actually put together.

I constructed four shutters with crossbars like this:

I then painted them white, as you can see.

I attached the hinges on the insides of the shutters so I could accordion close them into the sides of the opening.

I absolutely love how much character these simple, rustic shutters add to our kitchen.

What rustic DIY have you recently created?