This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:
I often say our porch is my favorite room in the house. It was horrendous when we moved in; floors covered in green artificial turf, holey screens heavily framed in rotting wood, paint chipping, and floor slanting. (It's still slanted, "for drainage.") The above photo was taken in the winter, making the porch even more drab, but it certainly gives you an idea of our canvas.
Happily, over the last several summers, we've touched every surface of the porch, transitioning it from gah-ross to gah-reat! This summer we've been working on the porch furniture with the help of several cans of Krylon spray paint. The first project we tackled was the coffee table(s). Our 'true' before pictures were lost forever (due to an untimely iPhone crash ... Ah!). However, below you will see the brown tabletops with red legs (Bruno did some Photoshopery to give you the idea). Using your imagination, picture the tables in total brown ... and you have our true 'before'.
(Again, since my true 'before' pics were lost forever, this is photoshopped to give you an idea)
The current tables on our porch are actually two side tables that lived in Bruno's apartment back in his bachelor days. We kept them around because they were sturdy wooden tables that work well outdoors-ish. Most of the time, we scooch them together to form one coffee table, but we like the fact that they can be split apart when we have guests over, transforming into side tables or foot rests (or both, simultaneously!).
We came up with the idea to paint our tabletops with chalkboard paint so our two-year-old daughter, Ayla, would have the opportunity to grace yet another surface with her artwork. We began by hauling the tables out to our outdoor work area and spray painting the bases and legs with Krylon's "Cherry Red" spray paint (we opted for a glossy finish).
The process was really pretty easy. Since we hadn't spray painted wood furniture in a while, we took a quick look at some of the FAQ on Krylon's Web site. The most helpful tips were the reminder to begin and finish your strokes off of the object your painting. We also heeded their advice and tried to use several light coats (2-3) instead of laying on one thick coat. We ran into this issue right off the bat and had some drips that we later sanded and re-sprayed.
The project took more paint than we were expecting (almost 2 full cans) because our initial coat was a bit too thick, requiring some sanding and re-painting. And the table legs had quite a few angles to tackle. The issues we ran into were strictly user error, and we're happy to report that we gained a little bit of finesse each time we worked with the paint (some of the later projects we sprayed were drip-free and easy-peasy).
After the legs dried, we used a can of Krylon Chalkboard Brush-On paint to cover the table tops. After three coats (I added an extra coat, ahem ... because I'm obsessive compulsive ... err, for good measure), the tables dried and were ready to go back to the porch, where they were met by one very happy artist.
We did this project over the course of two days; the table bases were spray painted several times on day one, and the table tops were painted by hand on day two. We allowed about 1-2 hours of drying time between each coat of paint, and were thrilled with the results (stay with us, folks, the real reveal is coming, keep scrolling...)
We began by removing the rocker's noise mechanism (it played a music-box-ish tune Every. Single. Time she rocked) and filling the hole with a little spackle we had on hand. Then we gave the entire rocker a light sand and made a painting plan. We decided to paint all of the chair's spindles "Watermelon" and cover the rest of the chair in "Cherry Red". The pink coats went on without a hitch and dried in a few hours.
Once the paint was nice and dry, we taped the pink surfaces with painter's tape and started in with the red. The chair had lots of tricky little angles and surfaces, so the "Cherry Red" portion of the painting process took a little more time that we initially anticipated. We learned from the tables that several light coats looked better and dried faster, but required a little extra patience. So, I applied superhuman self-control and waited at least 30 minutes between each coat.
We actually managed to tackle the chair in one day, due to cooperative weather and an early start. We were thrilled.
Check back next week to read about our quick-and-easy porch lighting treatment makeover.
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