March 23, 2012

Home Made DIY Paint Booth

CHECK THIS OUT...  My amazing husband built me a paint booth in our garage.  We are so blessed to have a garage that is 40 feet deep (thank you Lord)!!!  It allows us a to have a workshop, a paint booth, storage for all of our junk (my husband probably says it's all my junk), (I call all of it - my treasures), and we still have parking for both of our cars. 





I love to DIY paint old furniture and spruce up vintage home decor accessories!  Paint is a great way to give new life to old pieces.  I used to paint furniture by hand with just a brush and or roller, which takes forever!  For smaller items I would use a can of spray paint in our back yard (where often half of the paint would spray into the wind and then dust and bugs would fly into the paint) and make for a less than professional paint job.  


After getting this great idea from my dads workshop, my husband (did I mention he is amazing?) built me this awesome paint booth in our garage.  He used thick painters plastic for the walls, wood strips to fasten the plastic to the ceiling across the top and also wood strips stapled at the bottom of each side to weight it down... Then duct tape to reinforce the edges... Velcro added down the sides on the duct tape to seam the edges together for when the booth is in use... then the Velcro easily pulls apart for easy entrance and exit... We put a large canvas painters tarp on the floor (to protect it from our mess).  When the booth is not in use the sides can actually be rolled up and tied to the ceiling to get it out of the way (so cool)... However, being that I paint often and I have several items awaiting paint, I doubt it will be rolled up much if ever :)    

In this next picture you can see how well the Velcro holds the corners together (keeps the paint over-spray from getting all over the place).


The paint booth measures 10 feet wide by 10 feet across and also has a 10 foot high ceiling.  The area has good overhead lighting which makes the space great for painting any time day or night. (Oh great, so now in the middle of the night, when insomnia kicks in and I can't sleep I can just get up and paint... lol).


Today I painted my first piece in the booth.  It is this old small oak round table (which was ugly golden oak like from the 80's) that I've had for several years.  I sprayed it with a $3 can of primer and soon it will be spray painted a color :)  It already looks so much better!  I must say that spray painting without a breeze blowing my paint away made it so so so so much easier than in the past in the back yard!!! 



The paint booth is built around the side door of the garage which is great  because when the weather is nice (which is almost always as we live in Southern California) I can open the door for some fresh air (ventilation of the paint fumes).


Even with the paint booth we still have a 10' x 10' shop area at the rear area of the garage (shown in the next picture).  It is a great space with a large window.  Notice that it is currently filled with furniture just waiting for me to get working on it.  My flea market, thrift store and garage sale finds and treasures tend to encroach into the walkway a bit, but I try to keep it clear :)  


Those two chunky turned leg end tables you see on the right were recently found at a flea market for only $10 each.  I love me a good find!  The paint and finish on them is absolutely horrible, so they will be stripped and then refinished (hopefully soon) but I have so many projects going on, I don't necessarily follow an order, I just work on whatever inspires me on any given day...  I probably shouldn't admit that, but it's true.  I am not very organized when it comes to planning my projects out... I just do what I feel like doing and then ignore the others until I get inspired or have the energy ;)  

I have millions of ideas for projects that I want to do.  I just wish I had more of me to go around so I could actually get them all done. Do any of you have that same issue?  

Little by little, eventually they will all get done.  I just try to take them one at a time, so I don't get overwhelmed!  And I always remember to take time to stop and smell the roses in between.  This paint booth along with the new paint spray gun we are getting will definitely make my painting projects easier.  I can't wait to get many of these pieces done and finally into our home (I still have a bunch of empty spots around here to fill).  I will document and share each project with you as they are completed.

Link parties I'm attending: 
Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Blessings...
and Happy decorating!

6 comments:

  1. Hi Diana,

    Sweet....... That is an awesome paint booth! I just discovered your blog and I hit the linky and google follow button. I love to take old things and re-purpose them. I belleive anyone can decorate and add their personality to their home too. My style doesn't fit in with many of the blogs because I blaze my own trail and it isn't always pretty but it sure is an adventure.

    Stop by for a visit.

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    1. Sandy... I love that you blaze your own trail! As long as you love your style, that is all that matters! Just surround yourself with the things that YOU love... and then enjoy your home :) Blessings, Diana

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  2. This is exactly what I was trying to describe to my husband last night! I'm off to the store to try to create it before he comes home tonight (or at least get it started!). Thanks so much for posting it! Wish I had more time right now to check out the rest of your blog. I will DEFINITELY BE BACK!

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    1. I'm glad you were able to see exactly what you were trying to explain :) I hope that made sense! Good luck building yours... I would love to hear how it turns out. I am loving mine!!!

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  3. Wish i had a booth like that. thank you for linkin up.

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  4. super cool- I wish I could do that! :) My dad did a similar set up for his dark room when we were little. (photography) He used the black plastic for the walls. Brought back some fond memories seeing this! :)

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Blessings,
Diana