DIY TIP-How to Avoid Overspray

It's summer time folks! And for us Northwesterners that means lots of garage sales, and about three solid months of good weather- which equates to a marathon of DIY projects that are much more easily completed in the great outdoors. Take for instance, spray painting (air gun and/or rattle can). While spraying is faster, and gives a nice even finish, it just feels wrong doing it indoors. Those crazed little paint particles flying about, never knowing exactly where they are going to settle...not to mention the amount of paint that you breathe in! You know what I'm talking about. It's been a long day of busting out projects, you've made dinner, tucked the kids into bed, and just before you hop in the shower, you grab a tissue to blow your surprising clogged nose. Bam! A rainbow of snot fills the once white kleenex, reminding you of all the beautiful colors from the day's completed projects. And this my friends is why I prefer to paint outside. 

I do, however, still have to be careful of overspray. Because when painting in a driveway, I've got a house, white vehicle and gravel to contend with (Are you scratching your head on the gravel part? I've learned the hard way that Mr. TFD is not so impressed when he comes home to find a strip of paint on the driveway...even if it is the most beautiful shade of aqua). Soooo, being the good wife that I am, I have come up with a solution for avoiding overspray that I'd like to share with all of you. 

Spraying something that is flat is not too challenging. Laying a drop cloth out on the ground and setting your project in the center is usually sufficient, but what do you do when you've got a project that has some height to it? Here's what I do:

  1. Grab a clothes rack that I picked up at Goodwill for under $7.
  2. Drape drop cloth over the clothes rack.
  3. Use clamps to secure the front and back piece of the drop cloth and keep it from slipping off.
  4. Finally, (I added this one after the fact..meaning after I learned the hard way) lay a 2x4 or other piece of scrap lumber on the drop cloth and across the base of the clothes hanger. This keeps the wind from blowing the cloth into your wet paint.

Love that chair in the photo above? Me too! It's for a client's salon that I'm working on, and I can't wait to share the transformation with you guys!

Happy Painting