Have you browsed the spray paint aisle lately? Last year I was excited to find Walmart's brand had a subtle taupe choice. This year I was amazed at the new palette. I even found Walmart's soft buttery yellow, a shade I've never seen outside the expensive hobby paints. Spray painting furniture is a ritual started by my grandmother, who would drag anything dull into the lawn and change colors each spring. I even rented a gas-powered sprayer at our last home and gave the exterior two coats of white in a day. One long, exhausting day, that is. I thought my elderly neighbor would have a heart attack when he saw me in coveralls atop the extension ladder!
A good investment is a plastic trigger you can attach to the top of a can. It's worth $3 to save your finger from a night of frozen cramping. And don't forget the mask--don't ask me how I know, but nostrils are pretty sensitive to a layer of gloss black.