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Why I May Like Spray Paint More than Malbec

February 28, 2014

Oh I love spray paint. I just love love LOVE it. It’s super easy to maneuver, looks great on a variety of surfaces/pieces and gives you a little high once you are finished.

Wilson, my favorite husband, also loves spray paint and really demonstrated his devotion by using it to paint two pieces of furniture that needed a face lift. After a little Botox spray paint, these puppies had a new lease on life.

Elephant pre paint

Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to Hot the Elephant. Hot the Elephant was another treasure found at Sleepy Poet for $40 — still not being paid for these mentions, SMH — when Wilson and I went on a family adventure to said treasure trove with my sister, brother-in-law and two baby nieces. A family that bargain shops together stays together. When I asked Ella Grace, my two-year-old niece, what we should name the elephant, she simply answered, “Hot.” OK then, Hot it is.

Having seen some similar out-of-my-price-range specimens on One Kings Lane, I knew Hot would be completely transformed with a few coats of white lacquer spray paint, so Wilson took on the task and got to work. I bought two cans of white lacquer spray paint at Lowe’s for $10 and Wilson was done with Hot at the end of the day. The key to garnering an even coat of color with spray paint is to wait until it dries completely, spray again in the spots that need touching up, wait until this dries, and then do one more final coat. For larger furniture, repeat this cycle until the piece is completely covered.

White elephant finished

He looks so happy with his new ice cream paint job.


This is Hot’s new home, perfectly nestled between two of my favorite chairs, standing at attention so that he can balance someone’s cocktail while they chat.

Elephant and table

Here is Hot and fellow rags-to-riches furniture friend, the console table Wilson scored from Craigslist for $60.

Console table

I really like the stain that the table came with, but I had it in my head that the table should be black lacquer — I’m a little into lacquer — so I wanted to adjust the table to fit my mental vision. That’s the beauty of buying furniture off of Craigslist for cheap — you can make it look exactly the way you want it to. I’d never spray paint a truly nice piece of furniture, but for $60, who cares?

Console talbe

console table up close

Wilson sanded down the table to make the paint adhere to the surface easier. Nothing too involved, don’t freak out — he just used a finishing hand sander and gave the whole table a once-over with it before he started to paint.

Console table plus paint

Now it is time for the paint! I bought four cans of black lacquer paint from Lowe’s, and we only used three in the end. To ensure the paint was even and smooth, Wilson applied one layer of paint and once it dried, sanded down the table again. He repeated this process two times and the finish on the table is nearly professional. He’s good.


Here’s the finished product. Can you believe that it was painted with spray paint? $60 for the table + $20 for the spray paint = a very affordable console table indeed. We are very pleased.

Don’t be scared of DIY — it can be the difference between a strangely colored elephant to one with an ice cream paint job. And everyone wants the latter, of course.

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  • Reply Wilson, the Good Husband February 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Lacquer…I don’t even know her!

  • Reply Lauren March 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I am SO obsessed with spray paint!!! I totally want to go out and find a huge animal for my daughters room and redo it!

    Not sure I like it more than Malbec though 🙂

  • Reply Patrice Boyd March 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Love Hot’s new look and the black table looks great!

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