I have begun with preparing my ‘’workstation’’. As an interior designer, I know how important is safety during DIY. It’s not just our health but also the surrounding and furniture, especially if you think of using spray paints! Every graffiti artist will tell you how possibly this can be dangerous, especially working in a small space like your own living room etc. I have a large plastic sheet that I use over time I do any DIY. I have covered my floor but also, I have used old bed sheets to cover TV and other electrical. Spray paint creates loads of dust and also you can get covered so think of the right clothes as well. Not just the ones that can get dirty but also, that you won’t get on your way, avoid wide sleeves and metal studs etc. especially if you have a small area to paint and you need to get your hand in between already painted items. There is nothing more annoying than accidental remove of the paint to a nice smooth surface as you would need to start all over again. I would look for special stores that sell this type of workwear like for example Engelbert Strauss. You don’t want your work to be ruined by your clothes! Believe me, I did that before and it’s nasty! Also, my strong advice would be to paint during a windy day if you do it at home and avoid doing it during a hot sunny day. Wind will help blow the smell out and help with drying, but during hot day the smell can stay longer! I have a small room so I locked my living room and covered my face and nose. I could still strongly smell the paint and believe me the toxics from spray paint can be really hazardous to your health! So always, always have windows wide open, covered your mouth and nose.
So, let’s tell you a bit about the process. Perhaps, I should have treated my stool first with a sanding paper but I stupidly throw away all while doing a huge clearcut last time and It was the day so I decided to try without.
- I gave the stool a little wipe with warm water and soap.
- Once it dried, I have used masking tape and just placed 2 simple stripes!
- I have sprayed all over the stool with PlastiKote primer.
- I wanted around 1h for the primer to dry and sprayed the first layer of my white spray paint.
- I let it dry for 1h and sprayed again, giving it in total 3 layers and waited for 5hours to dry.
- Once the stool was dry. I have put it upside down and painted gold leaf at the end of legs to give it a little edge. I have used masking tape again but it leaked:( Try to cover it whole in foil this won’t happen to you.
- Once the stool was completely dry, I have slowly taken off the masking tape. Tadaa!