As a loyal Thrifty Decor Chick reader, I often hear about the wonders of spray paint. My own excursions into this medium are few. I spray painted a hanger once (don't ask) and that's about it.
I found an amazing deal on a garden stool at Big Lots a few months ago. The piece was a bright blue color but it was badly chipped so I passed on it. For the next few days I couldn't get the garden stool out of my head, especially since it was just like this one from Ballard Designs selling for $139.00.
So I HAD to go back and get it. My Big Lots version:
It had this really bad bit of scratching and chipping on it but I knew that could be fixed with some sanding:
So after what seemed like an adequate amount of sanding, I proceeded to prime then spray paint. The picture above doesn't look like much sanding but believe me, I sanded the heck out of the chipped spot.
And you know, It doesn't look that bad from a distance, just don't get too close...
Ugh. I guess I didn't sand it down enough :( On top of that, I used a matte finish paint so it looks horrible compared to the Ballard stool. I hope if I spray a glossy finish top coat over it will hide some of the blemishes. In any case, I have it in the formal living room where it serves the purpose I want and adds some interest.