A: I have well exceeded my carbon footprint with spray paint. Brush painting is cheaper and more environmentally friendly, but...With kids tugging on my legs at all times, sometimes it's spray paint or no paint. Walmart has the best prices on spray paint. Finally, finally, the can contents are labeled for comparison!
- Walmart's Colorplace can costs 97 cents and covers 10 square feet. It comes in basic colors--good for small projects.
- Kilz Spraypaint costs $1.99 in the big can and $2.97 in the funny hair mousse can. Both cover 25 square feet. I like the Kilz brand of products and the more unusual colors in a can.
- Rustoleum is my premium brand, but it is getting pricey! $2.97 for a non-specialty can which covers 25 square feet. Unusual colors like Anodized Bronze cost $3.57 a can (and up). Have you ever tried any of the hammered metallic finishes? A friend just sprayed a light fixture in Hammered Copper with amazing results.
- If a piece is valuable and it might be left in the rain, you might splurge on Rustoleum.
- If a piece will be touched often (like a table), opt for Colorplace in a gloss finish OR spring for a flat or semi-flat in a better brand. It will have a smoother feel.
- If a piece is plain white, go for the Colorplace gloss white.
- NEVER buy the flecked or faux-stone spray paints. They feel awful to the touch and look even worse.
How much spray paint to buy:
- 2 cans more than you think you will need. Better to return them on your next trip than stop mid-project to refuel.
- I use half as much spray paint as my mother does because I follow the can directions. Apply light coats with even pressure--no spurts, no windy days.
- Chairs take more paint than tables, because there is more "air space" in a chair. I would recommend one can per chair.