Even though it is still snowing occasionally here in Utah, I am looking forward to the beginning of spring and warmer days ahead. I decided my house needed a little cheering up so I got out my sprayer and did a little spring painting project. Fresh paint and fresh flowers were just what I needed to perk up my mood and my decor!
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Spring Painting Project!
I found this table on an online yard sale site for $5. Spring is the perfect time to find deals because most people are spring cleaning and getting rid of things. The table needed a bit of work but it was a sunny warm…ish day so I grabbed my supplies and got started.
It had some resin that had dripped on it that needed to be sanded off. Normally I would just hand sand alone, but I decided to pull out my sander for the top. I did hand sand afterwards to get a super smooth finish. If there are deep dings and dents, you may need to fill those in with wood putty. Make sure the putty you use is sandable and paintable.
Once it was all sanded, I got damp rags and wiped it down really well. A paint job is only as good as it’s prep so make sure it is really clean.
Since the temps were above 50 that day (at least for a couple of hours), I was able to paint outside. I laid a tarp down on the driveway and added paint to my Quick Finish sprayer. I decided to use this lovely color because when I think of spring, I think of green! Paint is such a great way to update an old piece! I turned the knob on the sprayer to the lowest setting so not as much paint came out. This gave a nice, smooth finish. Multiple thinner coats of paint are much better than one heavy coat.
*TIP *If your paint is coming out splotchy or speckled, you probably didn’t thin the paint down enough. Add a little more water, stir well, and try again.
This sprayer is perfect for easy spring crafts. And this was a great project to get me out of the winter doldrums.
While the paint on the table was drying, I cleaned the sprayer. My favorite thing about this sprayer is how easy it is to clean. The motor part comes off so you aren’t having to be super careful not to get it wet. Easy peasy!
Now the sprayer was ready for the next spring painting project. I also painted some buckets for the fun spring display I was going to be creating. I got them at our local feed store and they were very inexpensive. I taped off the portion I didn’t want to get painted. *TIP* When taping something round, it is easier to use electrical tape because it stretches and bends. I used the Quick Finish sprayer again. Paint is a fun way to customize things.
Once the table and buckets were painted, it was time to put it all together! Since there aren’t any spring flowers growing here yet, I made a trip to Trader Joes for some spring blooms. Nothing cheers up a space like fresh flowers! I love all the different colors.
This display is not only a way to brighten up my home while I wait for spring, but it is an announcement as well. I have decided to plant a cut flower garden this year. I did so much canning this past Fall that I feel like I can plant less veggies this year. I will be planting mostly flowers in my large garden with some veggies sprinkled in there too. I have wanted to do this for years but never pulled the trigger. I’m looking forward to having the garden full of colorful flowers.I’ll be starting thousands of seeds indoors soon. It could be an epic failure, or it could be the start of something wonderful.
So if you are local, I may be offering fresh flower bouquets! Or, if its a “failure”, I’ll at least have enough to keep my house full of beautiful flowers at all times. Either way, I can’t wait to plant my spring garden and be out in the fresh air.