On shelters and stools and spray paints and a giveaway
With the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures, we squeeze in all the outdoor weekend activities we can – from pumpkin patches and hayrides to hiking and bonfires. In a matter of weeks, we’ll tend to spend more free time inside than out – roaring fires, hot chocolate, chunky afghans and a good book. Our DIY projects tend to do the same thing – outdoor gardening is replaced by indoor handwork. Painting projects have always been an interesting one for me. When we lived in south Florida, I usually did spray painting outside, but that doesn’t work so well farther north. But fortunately there is a solution and today I want to share with you a little project and thoughts on shelters and stools and spray paints AND a giveaway!
This weekend was one of those projects for me. It had great potential for creating a tremendous mess, but the only clean-up was a bit of paint overspray on my hands. It was a quick makeover that fit nicely between a wedding, a birthday dinner, church family gatherings and a surprise visit from our soon-to-be daughter-in-law. What’s not to love about a dramatic transformation that is both quick and tidy?
**This is a sponsored post. I did receive a Small Spray Shelter from HomeRight to review if I found it to be a helpful product. I have used the shelter several times and all opinions shared here are my own. You will also find some affiliate links. Basically, that means if you click on the links I’ve provided and decide to make a purchase, then I’ll make a little commission. It does not cost you anything extra, it just makes it easier for you to find products.**
Supply list for transforming your stool
The basic materials you’ll find helpful in reupholstering a stool …
- Sandpaper in assorted grits – This flexible wet or dry sandpaper here is pretty awesome
- damp rag – or tack cloth similar to this version
- Screwdriver or Allen wrench
- Spray paint – I used this paint for my stool
- Homeright Small Spray Shelter
- Flat head screwdriver or upholstery staple remover
- Upholstery foam or foam chair pad
- Electric knife
- Upholstery fabric, 3″ larger than each edge of your stool (6″ circumference if it’s a circle)
- Staple gun – mine is a Bostitch brand but it is similar to this Stanley model
- Staples – I used 1/4″ staples
*Click on the highlighted text for items similar to those I used for this project.
Disassembling your Stool
Before you get started, take a picture of your stool. I know, you’re embarrassed because it’s a hot mess. Get over it! All that means is that you have found a great stool that has been loved and is too useful to throw out – great choice! Even if you have no intention of framing your before and after, or starting a blog to write about it, or including it on this year’s Christmas card, just go ahead and snap the picture. There’s just something satisfying about seeing a dramatic change, and without pictures it’s hard to remember the before.
Chair pads are usually secured with screws, whether it’s a Phillips head or a hex screw, they are easily removed with a screwdriver or Allen wrench, also referred to as a hex key.
Prepping your Stool
The prep work is what most of us want to skip because we want to get straight to the fun part where we can see a difference. My advice? Don’t! Don’t skip the prep or you’ll find yourself having to repair your new project entirely too soon. Ask me how I’ve learned that little gem of wisdom over the years.
There really isn’t much prep on a project of this sort, but check each of these areas …
- If the rubber caps on your stool legs are worn or don’t match your new paint color, replace them. They’re cheap, they make a big difference in the finished look and they protect your floors.
- Tighten any other screws or areas that have become loose over time.
- Sand all surfaces to be painted, paying special attention to any scratches, random splotches or whatever else has adhered itself to your stool. Don’t worry, with a house full of kids I won’t be judging what you may find!
- Wipe your stool clean with a damp cloth and air dry of wipe dry with another lint-free cloth.
The Homeright Small Spray Shelter
See, that didn’t take too long and now the fun starts!
toy tool was half the fun for me. It’s the Homeright Small Spray Shelter and it’s already a hit in my book. Technically this is the 17″ diameter zippered case that the spray shelter slips into, complete with handy carrying straps.
The above picture is what it looks like folded up. If you’re like me, you may find yourself a little amazed the first time you pop it open. It’s like a magical little cabana for your paint projects!
It’s designed to be used inside, with appropriate ventilation, or outside. There are webbing loops on the front that could be staked to the ground if you are working outside in a light breeze. The back has a mesh window and a nylon flap that can be opened or closed depending on your situation. For this project, I set it up on a little make-shift workbench in our mid-construction basement. It may take a few tries to perfect folding up the shelter, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quick, and once you do that part becomes fun too!
Spray painting tips
I plan to build the Spray Booth Turntable that Brad at Fix This Build That shared last month, but I didn’t quite get it done in time for this project. Until I get that turntable done, it seems the only paint clean-up I’ll have to deal with is what gets on my hands from turning a piece around to get to all the sides.
A few spray painting tips to remember …
- Just like nail polish, two light coats are always better than one heavy coat.
- Sanding with a fine grit sandpaper (200-400) between coats ensures a smooth top coat.
- Spray a uniform distance from your piece to get an even coat on your entire project.
While the paint dries you can reupholster your stool. The first step in reupholstering is removing the old fabric. Use a flat head screwdriver of upholstery staple remover and a pair of pliers to remove old staples from the cushion.
A sharpie pen and the seat frame will work great to draw a cutting line for your new foam. I drew a line around my seat piece and cut about 1/2″ outside that line to have enough excess to create a smooth tapered edge for the new seat. The easiest way to cut foam is with an electric knife. You can do this on a cutting board, or simply hold the foam vertically and cut it with nothing behind it.
Starting on one edge of your seat cushion, wrap the fabric around the foam and seat base and staple close to the edge, being sure not to cover the holes to reattach your cushion. I used 1/4″ staples to be sure they were securely attached to the wood but not so long that they would poke anyone sitting on the stool. Move to the other side of the stool, pull the fabric tightly around the cushion and base and staple in place. Turn the cushion 1/4 turn and secure the fabric on the edge between the two staples, and repeat on the opposite side of the stool.
Continue this process, pulling the fabric tightly before adding each staple, until your fabric is securely attached around the entire cushion. If some of the staples seem loose, remove them and restaple one at a time. Trim the excess fabric to reduce the bulk and to make sure the holes are exposed for reattaching your seat cushion.
Using the screws you removed earlier, reattach your cushion to your stool and you are done. This is when you’ll want to pull out your before picture and look at the dramatic difference. Or, if you’re a little picture nerdish you can make a split picture …
Now, how about a giveaway?
Honestly, I’m pretty sure it took more hands-on time for me to edit pictures and write this post than to complete the entire project. I’m not even kidding!
And just to make your sticking around for the entire tutorial worth your while, who’s interested in a free Homeright Small Spray Shelter? I’m already thinking of all the things I can paint, from pinecones for Christmas decor to shelves and who knows what else my crew and I will find to transform!
You can check out the details for the Spray Shelter here. To be entered in the giveaway simply subscribe to SoMuchMoore at the top of the sidebar. If you’ve already subscribed, then comment on this post with the first project you would work on in your new spray shelter and you will be entered in the drawing. You have until Saturday, October 15th at midnight to comment and be entered in the giveaway.
And, though you’re not required to share pictures to be in the giveaway, you know we always love seeing them. It’s just more fun together and who couldn’t use a bit of inspiration!