As I work through my list of 10 things to Do Around the House over the next few months, I’ll be sharing my baby steps along the way. Yesterday, I shared my rug and curtain progress in the living room. Today, it’s a little bit about the back porch. And my spray painting.
I love spray painting! Especially for outdoor projects. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and I can do a fresh touch up coat without much effort after a few years. I use the glossy and matte spray paint for various projects. The matte espresso brown worked well on the bench I picked up for $20 and still use in my living room, even with the kids dumping stuff on it.
Our back porch is in desperate need of redecorating. The kids broke the cute pots I bought, leaving me nothing to use this year for decorating. While on a trip to Ikea with Darla of Heartwork Organizing and Steph of A Grande Life recently, I found this aluminum watering can for $9.99 in the gardening section. Darla immediately suggested spray paint. Love her!
I always spray paint outside on my driveway when it’s at least 50 degrees out. I lay down an old sheet or tablecloth because who wants spray paint on the driveway (not that I would make that mistake). I try to change into old clothes in case I get spray paint on myself. I like to use the bricks to elevate the items and do a good job on the bottom edge. I find I need 4 to 5 coats for good coverage and to prevent drips from overspraying. Darla has lots more tips for spray painting on her organizing blog.
Kindly ignore the wall here and focus on the colorful display set by my back door. I did a touch up coat on the 2 containers behind the watering can; I’ve had them for several years. You can find metal containers at your local thrift shop or pick up a small bucket at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
The flowers are silk ones from Michael’s Craft Store, bought on sale or on clearance. I buy new ones every other year since they fade from the sun, even on the back porch. I trim the stems to stagger the height of the flowers.