I’m a messy painter. It’s a fact. It doesn’t mean I’m a bad painter, I just get it everywhere. My artist friend says that’s a sign of creative people. I’m sticking with her theory 🙂 I got a new toy that has helped me wrangle in splatters and spills, overspray and oops moments and it has been a blast to play with. Thanks to my friends at Wagner for sponsoring this post and sending me the greatest product for messy folks like me…a new paint spray tent! (there are affiliate links in this post, that just means if you make a purchase I may receive a small commission, thank you for the support!)We don’t have a garage at our house, when we remodeled we turned the existing garage into a guest house. The guest house has been awesome, but it leaves me and all the junk I haul home spread out under our porte-cochere. Every project I work on leaves a little reminder. A drop of paint here, a smear of stain there. My husband is typically unamused by my messiness, but is very sweet about it. Not to mention the extra time I spend cleaning up after myself. Ugh…that’s the worst part. Is anyone else a messy crafter? The time had come for me to replace our bar stools. We broke the seat off one and had cracked another. Since my kiddos use these stools every single day for breakfast they are kind of important in our house. The original ones were from Ikea, they lasted a good four years and were relatively inexpensive ($40/each). I didn’t want to spend that much this go round. Y’all…have you shopped for bar stools lately? They are expensive! It was hard to find anything attractive in a lower price range, so of course I decided some crafty creativity was in order. Watch out, there’s cheap to chic makeover coming your way! I found these stools at Walmart for $16/each. Budget friendly score! Anytime you have multiple pieces to paint a sprayer is much faster, this was my chance to test out the new tent. It took me a few minutes to understand how to put the thing together, but I think these pictures will help you get it up faster should you get one too. Once I figured out what went where it was really easy to put up and take down. My paint tent is sitting on concrete, but it comes with anchors to stick in the ground if you are working in a dirt or grassy area. It was really windy the day I painted so I added some bricks on the corners to hold it down. I would suggest adding a drop cloth or some kind of added floor protection in front of the tent. I got a little over zealous a few times and sprayed the wrong way. 🙂 It was still 100 times better than before without the tent. If you have a small space, live in an apartment or need to complete projects indoors, this tent would be great for you. Even if you want to paint in your garage, but need to protect your work area the tent would be helpful.
I prepped the stools by sanding down the high gloss top coat on the stool seats and slightly roughing up the legs. Use an electric sander for the top. I wrapped the tops in plastic bags, secured with painters tape and put them in the tent.This video will show you how the pieces go together, but especially how quickly you can complete painting projects with a tent and sprayer.
It took me 16 minutes of spraying time, not counting a little dry time in between moving the stools around. I will note that if you stop spraying for a few minutes it’s a good idea to rinse out the spray nozzle, the paint dries quickly and then the sprayer either won’t shoot or sputters some. It only take a minute to rinse the nozzle under warm water and clean. After the stools were completely dried I went back and painted a few extra coats on the bar area where the kid’s feet will rest since this will be a high traffic area it needed an extra coat. I distressed with 100 grit sandpaper, waxed and dark waxed for an aged feel. The seat got a dark stain from Ebony Minwax Stain, the color is so much better for my home décor than the original blonde look. It’s hard to tell these stools only cost $48 for all three!The next time you drive by and it looks like we’ve taken to camping in our driveway don’t come knocking for S’mores…I am just up to another painting project! So you have all the details…for this project I used my homemade chalky paint in the sprayer, the color used is Sherwin Williams Pearly White. If you want tips on how to use a paint sprayer you can find them here. Do you have any projects waiting to be painted? Here is a great combo deal for the sprayer and tent if you want to start tackling those DIY projects you’ve been waiting on… combo deal. I’d love to hear about them! Let me know if you try the tent out and be sure to save this project for later. So glad you stopped by today, thanks friend!
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