Thrifted, gifted and sifted: bowling sidetable

The rain, rain, went away …

Because of the constant rain these past few weeks, it’s been impossible to do any furniture upgrades. But finally, a break (blue sky where have you been, old friend?!) in the rain signaled it was time to take advantage of the sunshine.

I received this little wooden table from my mother, which quickly earned it a place in my workroom closet until the weather turned warmer. I wanted to try a different painting method (spray paint instead of brush), and chose this piece as a good starting point.

Colors, colors, colors … or not.

Rust-Oleum Spread

I shopped around Lowe’s, Home Depot and Wally World (Wal-mart), and discovered that the local shops really don’t carry a variety of colors like they did when I wasn’t looking for spray paint. But out of the three, Home Depot had the best selection with more finishes available (i.e. gloss, semi-gloss, matte, flat, etc.). It was rather surprising to discover, though, that white primer/paint in flat is near impossible to find. Who’da thunk it?

I picked out a few cans of Rust-Oleum as they provided the most flat/satin finishes. I don’t know … There’s just something about a flat finish …

With the sky still threatening to turn dark at any minute, I got down to work with the paints. My production time was cut tremendously! Although I can’t use spray paint for all of my painting needs, it definitely is a go-to option for me from now on.

From plain old drab to absolutely fab (at least … in my opinion!)

I went with a simple design. I did one coat of flat white primer/paint then sanded a little to smooth the rough patches. After another coat of primer and round of light sanding, I blocked out my painting areas with masking tape. I used cardstock sheets as cover to protect the other sections as I painted. I found the cardstock to be useful in that it’s reusuable and can bend to fit what I need.

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After my colors were applied and dried, I sprayed with a semi-gloss clear coat to seal.

Looking the table over … It kind of makes me want to go bowling, so it’s been dubbed the “Little Bowling Table” >_< But I think it’d be cute in any room in need of bolder colors.

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Who says adapting ain’t easy?

While at Home Depot, I also picked up this nifty spray adapter by Rust-Oleum.

I have to pause here as I want to give a special shout-out to the guy who gave me the lowdown on his experience with the adapter. Although you don’t work for Lowe’s, my good man, you made a damn good sales pitch!

The adapter fits any standard spray can and makes spraying easier. Rather than having to depend on a single finger, the more ergonomically correct adapter makes for fewer hand cramps and overall smoother results.

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So what do you use?

Have you ever or currently use spray paint for your projects? Or ever had a bad experience as a result of using spray paint?

Until next time …

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