I wish I could say every DIY project I touch goes exactly as planned, but that is never the case. Usually there are some small hiccups here and there, some materials I forgot and I have to run back to the store, etc. Today’s project was more than a hiccup and more of a disaster.
As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I was able to avoid a custom frame job, by finding ready-made frames that would work for my menu framing project. The only catch was, only TWO of the frame sizes I needed came in white. The third…came in dark mahogany. I actually like the way the menu looks in this color frame, but it doesn’t really fit in our dining room, so I figured I could paint it, no problem.I asked the paint guy at Home Depot which spray paint to use and he recommended Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover. I brought the frame I wanted to match with me, so he also recommended a semi-gloss.
Fast-forward to nap time… I was really excited to work on this project, so I ran down to the garage and laid out some paper grocery bags and SPRAYED AWAY! Oops! I guess it’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve used spray paint.
Not only did I not shake the can enough, but I also didn’t test any of the paint on say… the paper bag that I just so carefully laid out! Ugh… this is what not having any patience gets you!
Seriously, it looked terrible. I wanted to cry and what a waste of a perfectly good nap time! What was worse, there was nothing I could do except LITERALLY watch paint dry until I could fix my mistake.
So I went upstairs and ignored my mistake until later that afternoon.
While my husband was grilling dinner outside, I sanded down all the bumpy parts (with a little help from my lil man). Once it was smooth it was time for round 2 of paint!
The second try was MUCH better than the first! I sprayed a test spot and took my time applying thin, even coats.
I was a little nervous at first, because it was still sticky for a few hours after, but I let it sit overnight and in the morning it was the perfect finish!
I have certainly learned my lesson! Here are my top 3 spray painting tips:
1. Shake the can AND spray a test spot (on some newspaper or something) before spraying your actual item
2. Several thin coats are better than one or two thick coats (just like nail polish)!
3. Give your piece plenty of time to dry in-between coats, this will reduce your overall dry time.
After almost completely ruining my frame, I am pretty excited to spray paint something again! Practice makes perfect! Maybe some Halloween decorations
What are your best spray paint tips?