Furniture Makeovers

The Day My Swing Wore a Raincoat

As a blogger, one of my favorite things in the world is reviewing a product. Whether it’s new or old, as long as it’s new to me, I love taking it out for a test drive.

So when the good folks at HomeRight offered to send their spray shelters and a paint sprayer, of course, I was thrilled. 

But here’s a little secret about me and how I do product reviews.  I only accept products that I think are good quality and a good product for my readers. So if it’s on this blog, I have truly given it the once over and am expressing opinions are 100% my own.

The Day My Swing Wore a Raincoat


HomeRight Spray Shelter | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

This being said, you may remember seeing a post a few weeks back about how I used their table top spray shelter and their Finish Max Sprayer to save a furniture refinishing flop.  If not, you can click here to see.  This was actually the first time I used the HomeRight products.

Painted fabric is easy as 1-2-3 | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

And I gotta tell you, I was pretty amazed.  It was so fast and efficient.

So naturally, I was super excited to move on to a bigger project that required the large tent-type spray shelter.

This post is about spraying the sealer on an outdoor porch swing, but more importantly, it shows you how easy it is to erect the big shelter.  If you missed that post, you can click here to see.

Milk paint plus a matte topcoat weather proofs this outdoor swing | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

The Downpour

But what I didn’t tell you about that day is that when the swing was about 3/4 of the way done and completely WET WITH SEALER, it was caught in a pop-up rain shower. At that point, all I could do was drop the mesh covering over the front of the shelter and hope for the best.

Swing caught in a downpour while getting a sealer applied | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

When the shower —which actually turned into a downpour —subsided, this is what I saw.

Water beads up and rolls off of the HomeRight Spray shelter | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

Two things:

  1. The shelter did not show any signs of collapsing under the pressure of the downpour. And,

  2. The shelter repelled the water and didn’t leak.  

Now, I’m not saying that the shelter is water proof.  Not at all.  But what I am saying is that if you happen to get caught in a shower or need to leave a piece outside overnight, there is a good chance that it will stay high and dry.  The odds even improve if the piece is propped up off the ground.

Water stands as little beads on the fibers of the HomeRight Shelter | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

And come to find out, this is hugely important since I happen to live in the “frequent pop-up shower capital of the world.”  Sometimes it even rains while the sun is shining. I know. Crazyville.

But the fact that the shelter protected my swing under these conditions was big stuff.  So much so that I wanted to share The Day My Swing Wore a Raincoat with all of you.

This handy graphic is great for pinning this idea for later…


And to see more projects completed with HomeRight products, click on any of the photos below:









  • Reply JILL NELSON November 10, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I love the idea of painting in an enclosed tent. My house is small so anything out in the open is likely to get messed with before it dries!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Good luck !!!!

  • Reply Carolann November 10, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I love the way your swing turned out and what a great idea to protect it with a good shelter. I own one as well and I love it too. It’s perfect for any outdoor painting project.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Carolann!!

  • Reply Lisa L Taylor November 10, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I have to say I am really impressed with the sprayer and shelter. It’s a game changer for outdoor painting.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Thanks, Lisa. Your post is awesome! I’m going over to see it better later today! P.S. folks…. It’s the cute Christmas shutter in white.. 🙂

  • Reply June November 10, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Susie, this is a very nice prize, thank you for the opportunity. .. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 10, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Good luck, June!

  • Reply meghemm November 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

    The swing looks so good!! It would be awesome to have such a big spray shelter!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 10, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Thanks Meg. I LOVE my spray shelters! Good luck!

  • Reply November 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

    you are right… we can’t always predict the weather!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Right! Here — the weather changes by the minute.

  • Reply Cynthia Chilson Finger November 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Hi Susie! What a great give away. Love my sprayer so much, but have always been too cheap to buy a shelter. Is it okay to link up a few projects? Just remove them if not … we’ll still be friends 😀 Also, have you used milk paint in your sprayer yet? I’m so intrigued to try it! Thinking a strainer might be necessary. Hope you have a great weekend! Cynthia

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Hi Cynthia! Well, based on the linkup rules, I had to delete your post, but maybe we can do another linkup to feature the furniture gals soon. That’s a great idea. As far as using milk paint in the sprayer, people have done it, but I haven’t. I’ll send you a PM and we can talk more about it. Good luck with the giveaway!

  • Reply Janice@sawdustsisters November 10, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Gorgeous swing! Nice job, Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Janice!

  • Reply misstoni65 November 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I love that swing! And you were so lucky to have that shelter. I suspected it would be waterproof but your pop up rainshower/downpour proved it. I love my shelters!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Toni! I think water resilient better describes the shelter. Totally water proof is a stretch, but it does provide amazing protection.

  • Reply Krista November 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    What useful items. I have many projects where they would be so helpful. Thanks!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Hi Krista! Good luck!!

  • Reply Sarah November 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    This is amazing Susie! I wouldn’t have thought it was waterproof – this is fantabulous info to know!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Sarah. I wouldn’t say that it’s waterproof, but it is definitely water resilient. I was so thrilled that it protected the newly applied sealer.

  • Reply Susanne November 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Your swing is awesome, love the color!! And good to know that rain won’t slow us down with the shelters!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thanks Susanne! I love the shelters!

  • Reply ducttapeanddenim November 11, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing… I didn’t even think about the shelter protecting from rain.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 12, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Ann. It was quite an accident, but one that seemed worth sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Mary Cloud November 11, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I need to update some furniture that the paint is chipping on

  • Reply Linda November 12, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Oh so nice to have your work SAVED!! I’ve often wished and wished I had something like that tent to keep the bugs from adhering to my painting attempts – I keep changing the colors of my bookshelves, lol. I make a real mess too!

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  • Reply Jan Calicott November 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Awesome give away! Would love to win a paint sprayer!

  • Reply Kristi Bennett November 12, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Ohhh what a great giveaway. Thank You! I’ve entered and good luck to all

  • Reply Jessica | Petal + Ply November 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

    How fabulous that your piece stayed dry!!! We get a lot of blustery days which makes it hard to paint outside. Some shelters would be great!!!

  • Reply Pam November 12, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Oh man, Susie, You sold me! And the swing turned out great!

  • Reply Mercy November 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

    What an amazing giveaway. I was just eyeing a sprayer at Lowes on friday but a little overhelmed with the selection. Always good to read others experience with new products. Thank you.

  • Reply Vineta Jackson November 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Living in Seattle, we’re no stranger to random rain showers. Good to know I can still keep my painted pieces dry with the spray shelter!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Vineta … I don’t claim that the shelter is water proof, but it surely was a miracle at how well it protected the swing.

  • Reply Sally November 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Wow, great give away! I would love to win this, I have soooo many projects waiting to be painted.

  • Reply Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations November 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I would use it to spray paint furniture to block off any wind. What an amazing invention!

  • Reply Denise November 12, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Nice job Susie…..LOVE the swing!!!

  • Reply Lucy @ Patina Paradise November 12, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I could really use one of those shelters to contain the spraying when painting furniture, even inside the garage so that nothing around it gets painted on. Love the color of your swing by the way! Blessings to you my friend!

  • Reply Margot C November 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I have so wanted one of these. I have some projects – end tables, a spice cabinet – that i would love to do without spraying paint all over my driveway!

  • Reply Brenda Botbyl November 13, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I would LOVE one of those shelters! What a great idea!!

  • Reply Nancy Isham November 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

    This would be so much better than trying to hold up a piece of cardboard to block the wind. Awesome

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 14, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Amen, Girlfriend. Good luck!!

  • Reply Carol Shaver November 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    You mean I could get rid of the cardboard “house” I made for spraying smaller pieces?! LOVELY! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Yes! Good luck, Carol !!!

  • Reply artsandclassy November 14, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Hey Susie! I think I would love to tackle an antique chair with this amazing spray shelter and sprayer. Since I live in in an apartment this would be perfect for outdoors as a solution to spray painting decor and other pieces so the residue doesn’t end up on the side of my building. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 14, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Good luck, Meredith!!

  • Reply Stephanie November 15, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Love the swing!
    Very interested in the HR sprayer. Doing some reading about how people are using them. I need to paint two ceilings and some furniture pieces, one dresser for myself and a buffet as a gift.

  • Reply kim November 17, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    The swing look gorgeous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 17, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks Kim!!

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