How was your Easter weekend? I hope you took part in meaningful worship services on Good Friday and Easter. Blessings abound!
Do you have any home projects scheduled for this week?
We bought wood rocking chairs from Lowe’s eight years ago when we moved to The Land of Making Do. Our former home had no front porch, so the rockers were needed for sitting in the cool shade.
We use them all the time, every day during most seasons. I’ve cleaned them during summer times but mostly neglected them every winter.
The mildew is pretty bad in the south. Deterioration was further along than mold and cracking. Chipping and peeling was beginning to be a problem.
Suzy-Q chewed the tips of the rocker rails when she was a puppy.
I sanded them to shape the rail tips somewhat smooth. Wood filler would have been a perfect fix, but why spend all that time only to have Suzy-Q chew them again? I haven’t caught her chewing recently, but you never know about dogs.
I sanded and cleaned each rocker thoroughly.
After painting one rocker with primer using a paint brush, I decided it would take forever to hand prime and paint all four rockers.
I decided to use a different mode altogether. I spread out a huge tarp in the barn. (A garage would work just as well.)
Each rocking chair was sprayed with Kilz primer, sanded, and then sprayed with all-purpose spray paint. You want to use a paint that is formulated for outdoor use, so look for the word exterior on your paint can use list.
Spraying is so much faster and easier!
But be prepared. There is no fast way to get this type of project done, in my view. If you compromise on sanding, cleaning, paint drying times, or any other step, you’ll see it in the results – and the longevity of the paint coating.
I paint by feel. Between coats, if it doesn’t feel smooth, it gets sanded and wiped clean again before the next coat of paint.
We had a stormy day during the painting process, so the truck had to be parked in the barn to avoid possible hail damage. I was careful not to spray towards the truck.
I would NOT want to make HH unhappy. You know the saying “if mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy”? It applies to papa, too!
To make your spray painting projects easier, get yourself this little $3 goodie from the paint department at Wally World.
My arthritis inhibits my grip these days, and this little gizmo is a huge help. This spray grip attachment does most of the work, sprays more smoothly, and it helps you use every little bit of paint in the spray can. (No, I’m not being paid to say that.)
It’s so much faster to use spray paint. Our rocking chairs are back in full swing (or rock, actually). 😉
Come on by and sit a spell. This time of year, we have lots of warm breezes. It’s perfect porch-rocking time, and they’re ready for us!
How do you paint your outdoor furniture? Any tricks you can share?
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