But then I came across this little gem..
As soon as I saw this gal, I was in love. It was a little whimsical and seemed just the right size for my small patio. But I could tell from the picture and the listing that it was pretty rusty. So, I decided to give spray paint a try. I'd been itching to spray paint a few projects but was nervous about it too. Spray paint seems kind of... I don't know...messy? I envisioned spray paint everywhere. And I was kind of right! Especially since I was spraying something full of holes!
But overall, it was pretty simple. Two cans of this pretty color:
( Satin - Lagoon)
And another can of this one:
(Satin - Aqua)
I also bought a drop cloth and did all of my spray painting out in the yard so that I didn't have to worry about anything nearby getting sprayed. I tried to keep my coats thin and even. I left a full 48 hours between the two coats so that it would dry thoroughly. Overall it worked well - except that the wind was somewhat breezy both days that I was painting and that made it tricky to get the spray to go the direction I wanted it to spray!
And I love the end result!
Here's the before and after:
Craigslist Patio Set: $50
3 Cans of Spray Paint: $12
Drop Cloth: $4
Pretty Patio? Priceless
Once I add some sheer curtains (there is a deck above my patio) this little spot is going to be a great summer oasis. If anyone wants to come over, I'll have drinks ready!