To follow my shocking disclosure that I've never purchased fabric until very recently...
are you ready for this?  
I've never bought or used spray paint before, either. 
I. KNOW! Crazy! 
And the problem is that now, I want to spray paint EVERYTHING white.  
Everything.  Look out people.

First up: 2 Adirondack chairs that I purchased about 13 years ago when I was working at 
Crate & Barrel.  Customers kept returning them because the paint was chipping too easily, 
so I think I bought both chairs and ottomans for $50?
Here's what the chairs looked like before:

The picture at left does not do justice to the "weathered" look of these chairs.  You can see in the photo above that they were grass-stained and dirty.  You know how there's "patina" and then there's "old and crappy?" Trust me when I tell you that these chairs definitely fell into the latter category. 
So!  I went ahead and tried to spray-paint them.  
It started out fine; the paint went on evenly and the coverage seemed to be pretty good.  

But there were a couple of things I didn't know about spray paint:

1) Those cans get empty really fast!  I went through 7 cans in no time.  7 cans!  
And I wasn't even close to being done. 

2) The paint gets EVERYWHERE.  I put down drop cloths, but imagine my horror when I pulled them up and there was a fine mist of white all over certain parts of my deck.  Crap! 
Luckily, my husband plans to power-wash it this weekend, so I'm told it will come up. 

3) It can get really drippy. If I wasn't a totally impulsive person, I might have sanded the chairs down, primed the wood, and then carefully painted it for an even finish. Instead, I rushed ahead and figured if the chairs ended up white, it was all good. ;-)

Which they did.  The end.
5/27/2012 04:46:10

lol....I too have had an encounter with spray paint. Never a good thing!
The chairs look awesome though!!! Props to you for getting a smooth finish!

5/27/2012 05:02:53

Thanks Tricia! It's not really a smooth finish, but they are definitely covered with paint. ;-)

5/27/2012 06:02:34

I think they look fabulous! Thanks for the tips because I am about to tackle some old white wicker furniture...these tips will help!

5/27/2012 18:18:23

Thanks Jill! Take before and after shots for me! :-)

5/28/2012 13:49:19

More than 7 cans, WOW!!! But it was worth it, Chair looks great!
Now let me think, what could I spray paint...hmm ;0)

5/28/2012 17:27:23

Attia...everything! Start with your kitchen cabinets!


Thanks for the lesson learned in spray painting. I'm a novice too! Most because you can't buy it in Chicago so I have to venture to the burbs!

In the end they look great (and I love the price tag too ... they can be seriously pricey, especially from Crate & Barrel to boot) ...

... so happy your shared with us all at our Great Outdoors link party!



6/1/2012 13:36:27

Thanks so much for hosting the party, Linda! That's funny about not being able to buy spray paint...I wonder why? We can't buy oil-based paint here in Virginia, and I wish we could!

6/1/2012 08:59:59

I think your chairs look amazing! Spray paint can be kind of tricky! It's hard for it not to drip....and it does get everywhere! I think you did a great job! Thanks for linking to the party!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

6/1/2012 13:37:42

Thanks Karianne! If I would have done a simple Google search, I may have learned a thing or two about spray painting, but noooo...I had to jump right in! ;-)

6/2/2012 09:34:02

Hi, my name is Aimee and I've never bought spray paint ... hahaha. Your chair came out great!! Thank you so much for sharing at our party!


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