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Friday
Oct192012

Painting Season

Grab your respirator!  The temps have finally cooled down, and it's painting season baby!

After a long and patient wait through the hot Arizona sun, today I took a day off from work to get my spray-painting groove on!  I've always been a big spray-painting fanatic (remember my lamp makeover, chandelier, chalk board, subway art, gift basket, topiaries, utensil pot, jewelry holder, candles, super-bowl, mirrorsskeleton keys, old-fashioned cars, and dots artwork to name a few?), but this year I'm hardcore. Seriously.  Really, really...hard core!

Let me explain.  

First, you need to know that I paint in my garage.  A very long time ago, my blog friend, Nichole asked me about my garage/paint set up, and at that time it was pretty simple.  Essentially, I just backed out the cars, placed a table in the center of the room, covered it with a tarp and I was good to go.

It was an effective method...that is, if you don't mind a few drips on the concrete and a good layer of paint dust over EVERYTHING in your garage.  

I didn't mind...but my hubby did...so he made me the coolest contraption known to mankind!

That, my friends, is a stow-away paint room!  It's tucked out of the way during our day-to-day, but get the urge to paint and WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU MAAM...you've got a mess-free zone!

It's made with 2x4's, tarps, and 1x2's.  The 2x4's are mounted into the ceiling with the tarps secured at the top.  (Mark made it, so I'm not exactly sure what he used to mount it or to secure the tarps)  Each 2x4 has hooks attached to it to hold the bungee-chords, and the 1x2's are used to roll the tarp up and down, and (when the tarps are down) hold the bottom of the tarp so it stays put.  Beneath it all we have a 10x13 old rug that we found on Craigslist for $40, so that means no more drips on the concrete!

So here's what my set up looks like now...

I'm not going to lie...it makes me feel a bit like Dexter Morgan each time I go in there.  I feel like I should have some sort of ritual to go through for each of the items that find themselves on my table. There is a pretty big difference between me and Dexter though...the things on my table leave with a self-esteem building makeover, while the things on his table leave...well, you know...in tiny, chopped-up pieces.

Speaking of makeovers...each of these items received a new look today...

Busy day, right?  

You'll be seeing these items again over the next little while as I wrap up the projects that they're for.  I was surprised by how much I was able to get done with this new painting set up.  It was nice because I could continue painting while things were drying.  I just painted the items on top of some pieces of scrap board, that way I could easily move them out of the tarped room to another area in the garage to dry.

While things were drying safely outside of the reach of any over-spray, I continued to paint, paint, paint.  In fact, there were four things that stopped me today...one, I ran out of daylight...two, I ran out of paint...three, I ran out of energy...and four, I ran out of space to dry all of my painted items.

It was a successful first day of painting season.  How can I tell?  Well, by the time I got back inside, my feet looked like this (seriously can't believe I'm posting a picture of my weird feet)...

...my hands looked like this (no fancy manicure up in this shin-dig)...

...my face looked this (note to self, touching your face with paint-covered hands is not recommended)...

...my hair looked like this (no, I don't have that many gray hairs)...

Keep in mind, I took these photos during my mid-day break...so just try to imagine what I looked like by the end of the day.  Ha!  

Seriously, I've got to go scrub down now...my arm hairs are covered in paint...but what have you been up to lately?  Anyone else enjoying painting season?

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Reader Comments (4)

Kelli,

You and your husband are geniuses! I am in the middle of moving and am lucky enough to be able to set up a craft room in this house. AND I wanted to be able to spray paint but with fall approaching - ok, here already - I figured that I would have to put these projects on hold. But no more!!! With the moving mess, I still check out the blog but my commenting has dropped a lot so I hope you don't think you have been abandoned. Still love you!

Maureen

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Hey Maureen!

Sorry for the late reply, it's been a crazy week, but it was so good to hear from you!

Congrats on the move (and for the craft room)! It's funny because I forget that other places in the world are actually cold during this time of year. Here I am, so excited that it's finally cool enough to paint, not even realizing that painting season is ending in many places. Thank you for reminding me that it is actually fall! Haha!

For the painting room, I have to give all of the credit to my husband, but definitely agree in the genius behind this idea! If you create something like this, be sure it is in a well-ventilated area. I keep the garage door open while painting. Plus, Mark even rigged up a ventilation system for the tarp room too. I'll post an update to this post with more pictures of that part when I get a chance.

Glad you're doing we'll!

Xo, Kelli

October 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

This is a seriously impressive garage painting set-up you've got there! I love how it is out of the way most of the time and can pull down just when you need it.

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Thanks Nicole,

I was surprised by how well it worked! My only complaint is that it's too tall for me to get it down, so I have to plan my painting around when Mark is available. It would be absolutely perfect if it had a pulley system. LOL!

Xo, Kelli

October 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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