While I not-so-patiently wait for our kitchen upgrade to be finished (see this post and this), I stumbled upon the best yard sale find of my life. These solid wood stools...4 for $30. Yay!
After reading about a bazillion blogs about spray painting furniture, I thought I was ready to jump on in and paint these chairs a nice glossy black. First, I went shopping and picked up a can of gray primer. Ha! If you are familiar with spray painting, you'll know this was a rookie error. One can of paint for four chairs? Don't be silly. Each chair required it's own can!
Other than the cost, about $20, this step was pretty easy. For the first chair I used Krylon primer, which I loved. I used Valspar from Lowe's for the next three and didn't like it quite as much. Well, for one thing, one of the cans exploded in a huge gloppy spray of paint right onto the chair. Huge mess. HUGE. Lesson learned: do a test spray before aiming at your furniture! The other thing I didn't like about the Valspar was that you have to apply a ton of pressure on the nozzle so your fingers get sore almost immediately. Not a huge problem, but still, annoying.
So at this point, I was feeling ok about the process. Then enter the black glossy paint. I tried my hardest to do thin even coats and I failed miserably. I did three coats on each chair and still ended up with drips and random patches of crackle. I'm still not sure what that's all about.
By this point, my fingers are about to drop off and all I have to show for it is a sloppy, drippy, crackley mess. Deep breaths. I decided to just keep going, knowing that these chairs will be used by 3 children every day and most likely wouldn't look nice for very long anyway.
I unloaded a full can of transparent gloss sealer on each chair. I was envisioning a lacquer type finish...smooth and tough. The end result was more of a dusty gray, rough look. Womp womp.
From a distance they look ok but get up close and they're a hot mess. What's that...like a Monet right?
I would LOVE any advice on spray painting in general and specifically if I can salvage these guys. Help! Thanks!