Sunday, June 7, 2009

Spray Away...

I know... still no sewing or quilting going on. We have so many functions coming up at our house this summer, we're doing projects all the time. This past week's project was to paint the rockers from the front porch and an old patio set for the back porch.
I love to do things fast, so I can be on to the next project. That's why I love spray paint! However, my index finger on my right hand does not like spray paint anymore. Last month I spray painted 40 business sponsor signs for a golf tournament...all the letters and a 2 inch wide border. I think my finger tip is still numb. I could probably do some hand sewing and not need a thimble!!
Well, here are the 2 project...four rockers

and the oldest patio set you've ever seen. I'm trying to save it one more time. My father thought he was doing me a favor a few years back when he decided to paint it for me. However, it was the ugliest brown you've ever seen. That set stayed on his side of the yard until it faded out!! Now it's mine again. So we'll see how it turns out.

Here is the paint!!

and here is what saved my finger. It's a trigger handle that slips over the top of the spray can.

Just make sure the hole where the paint comes out is facing out of the opening on the trigger handle. I won't tell you how I know this!! Now you are all set to Spray Away!!!

Here's the after picture of the rockers on the front porch. No pictures of the table and chairs yet. They need another coat and I ran out of paint. That dry wood soaked up the paint. I'm also trying to make some cushions for the chairs, but we'll see how that goes.

Have a great night everyone,


  1. The rocking chairs look lovely. That porch is just gorgeous - lucky you! I bet you all sit out there and just watch the world go by.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you did with the patio set.

    Have a great week!
    Rachel ☺

    p.s. My word verification right now is 'patio'. How appropriate!

  2. You are changing my life, one tip at a time. :) thanks Karen!

  3. That handle is great for the spray can. Love your rockers and that porch is beautiful. What a great place to get some hand stitching done! Happy week to you and I look forward to TTT!!!!

  4. Beautiful porch.. It just makes you want to be there and sit in your wonderful rockers.

  5. They look terrific!! We have the same rockers and they need a paint job too. Do you hire out??

  6. Your porch looks awesome. Thanks for the tip on the spray nozzel. I could relate to the numb finger. When I make a batch of my tins for my Etsy shop, I go through several cans of spray paint. Happy Monday ~Natalie

  7. Feedsack FantasyJune 8, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Ohhh! your porch is exquisite. I love the freshly dressed rockers. Yes, I too, learned the 'hard way' with the spray cans & topped spray unit. Chuckle ... didn't laugh then! TTFN ~ Marydon

  8. What a gorgeous front porch, Karen! It looks so inviting. And what time will the mint julips be served because I'll be right over!

    Spray painting rules!

  9. I have no idea why I never think to use spray paint, look at what you did!!! just beautiful!!

  10. The chairs look very fresh and inviting--even without cushions. I am looking forward to seeing the table set. Have a great week!

  11. Painting my chairs has been on tonight's agenda for a while now. I'd SO much rather quilt!

    I love your porch. It looks so nice with your rockers on it.

  12. I want your porch! So very very inviting. I see that you must have sanded the table etc. It looks like it anyway. I know that I haven't been to the machine to quilt for a bit too. Too cold for me, but we are awaiting warmer weather next week.
    It must be great just sittin' and rockin' on that porch.

  13. I have yet to get rockers for my porch. I think now I'll wait until summer clearance. And with the way retail works, that could be any day. I fear we'll see Christmas in stores soon! Ugh.

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