I’m a little bit of a hoarder. If someone has something useful to give away, I’m ready to take it home. I may not have a use or a plan for it just yet, but I know I can use it….eventually. When my old work was cleaning out the basement and some old dining room chairs were either going to the dump or my house, I chose my house. I told myself they would be perfect for additional seating at Christmas. They were, but I stumbled upon a new use for them late winter, early spring: plant stands.
I needed a plant stand and refused to spend money on one, so I went hunting in my own basement and figured a chair would do the trick. I added one to my living room and one outside our front door for a little spring decor. Not satisfied with the colour, I hemmed and hawed until I decided on a light pink that would look perfectly farmhouse chic and pop against the stone.
Step 1: Wipe down the chair, making sure you get rid of any dust or dirt that may be sticking to it.
Step 2: Give it a light sanding. You’ll want to sand your chair first as it will prime it for the paint. And, it will give you a chance to smooth out any nicks or bumps.
Step 3: Wipe down, again. Sanding leaves a lot of dust, and that’s something you don’t want sticking to your surface when you go to paint.
Step 4: Start painting! Always paint in a well-ventilated area and remember that spray paint tends to fly a little…that means wearing clothes you don’t mind getting a little speckle of paint on and painting in an area covered in drop cloths or outside. I usually choose the outdoor method.
Spray just under a foot away from your surface to get a nice even coating. If you get a little overzealous and end up with drips, that’s okay! Just gently wipe up with a soft cloth and move a little further back. You don’t want to be spraying in one spot for a long time, else you’ll end up with thick dripping paint, which doesn’t look good.
NOTE: Spray paint doesn’t like extreme heat. If it’s too hot for you or pets to stay outside without searching for shade, it’s too hot for your spray paint.
Step 5: Let the first coat dry.
Step 6: Inspect your chair for bare spots and give your surface enough coat.
Don’t forget to turn upside down and get the undercarriage for a full, even colour.
Step 7: Let thoroughly dry before you move your chair and begin decorating.
Step 8: Add your plants, decor, and anything else!