Friday, June 8, 2012

Spray Painting 101- How to restyle your classroom (part 2)

Part 2- Priming

So, I last left off with you gathering your needed supplies.  Hopefully I didn't put anyone to sleep with my detailed ramblings.

Now, the following again is just my experiences.  I have had some spray painting oopsies (as well as some awesome projects).

If today is your day, then here is what I would do:

1.  Have your painting spot set up.  It shouldn't be in direct sun (which will cause your paint to dry unevenly and crack).  A little sun is ok, just not direct.  Put out your newspaper/cloth and get your clothing prepared.

2.  Take whatever item you plan to clean and put it out to paint.  Today I am showing you my interpretation of this pinterest pin:

This is what my set up looked like :

So, I gave each can a light misting of primer.  This is the second biggest mistake painters make- you need to give several light coats.  Give it a light coat standing 8-10 inches away.   Too close it will get bubbly.  Too much paint at once and it will look gloppy.  Just keep moving and don't stop in any one spot.  If you do mess up, let it dry and you can sand it down/off.

 I gave it a light coat and went inside for 45 min-1 hr, then came out, touched it with my bare hand (dry!!!) , sanded them lightly & wiped them down with a dry cloth,  and gave it another light coat.

 This process continued for several hours.  Once the bottoms were good and dry, I flipped it over and gave the top part a good coat.   If you don't sand at least the first time in between, your final product will have a rough texture. 

I didn't coat the insides yet... I wasn't sure if I had enough primer to do the lids- so I waited. 

To give you a timeline- I started at about 7 am and was finished priming by about 10 (with breaks and such).  I let it sit for a few hours before I went to painting (which will be my next post). 

So, have I inspired anyone to want to paint yet???  I promise, anyone can do it!  In my last post, I am going to showcase some of the things in my room I have painted and was thinking about doing a linky party.  Anyone else brave enough to paint yet???


  1. I have a HUGE bookshelf in my classroom I want to paint, but I dont think I should spray paint in my!
    OH well

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  2. I used paint and a foam roller on a book case in my room.. You can use low odor/low voc oil primer, let it dry for a day or two, then use a foam roller to paint it. It is doable if you really want to- promise!!! The low voc paint really doesn't put off much scent.

  3. Thank you for posting this step-by-step process.


    Fun in Room 4B

  4. I would love to spray paint some things in my classroom! I am moving to a new building and would like to refresh my things! I found that painting the cardboard shelving unit - like the ones for mail and paper sorting, makes they look new. I have a set of mailboxes I have used for 9 years and everyone thinks they are new every year. Can't wait to see what you decide to paint!


  5. I'm so glad I found your blog. I needed some inspiration. I brought 3 beatup bookshelves home from school to repaint. I think I am going to have to strip some paint off first, they have been painted many times in the past and it shows.

    Now I need to go back and read part one.
    I'm your newest follower.

    Kelly @I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm your Teacher

  6. Thank you for walking us through the process! It's so helpful! I'm giving you the One Lovely Blog Award! I'm a new follower and love your blog! Pop over to my blog to check out your award!
    The Gypsy Teacher

  7. I've spray painted some of those 3 drawer organizers and a tall one that has 5 drawers in it. I'll have to look and see if I pictures...
    My next project will be to spray paint some magazine holders that are made out of cardboard. Would you primer those before spray painting?

    How Cute Is This!

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  9. Thank you for sharing such valuable information and tips. This can give insights and inspirations for us; very helpful and informative! Would love to see more updates from you in the future.

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