Furniture Makeovers Garden

Spray Paint Furniture the Easy Way

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

If you recall, last week the outdoor porch swing was refinished with milk paint. And although milk paint is tough and will create a rock hard finish on the wood, I still felt that it needed sealing with a weather proofing topcoat. This is mainly because the swing lives out in the elements year-round. But to be honest, I wasn’t thrilled about adding another coat of anything to the swing.  

But then I tried something new.  Well, new for me…..and it made all the difference.

An outdoor swing is refinished with milk paint and sprayed with a matte top coat | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

Disclosure: I was sent a HomeRight Spray Shelter to try in exchange for writing a review on this blog.  Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own.

Here lately, I’ve been using more spray paint.  In years past, I shied away from it because I didn’t want to haul the piece outdoors and then have to leave it there until it dried.  I also didn’t want to worry about paint drift getting onto the car or house —or have leaves and bugs get stuck in the wet paint.  Ugh.  I just was not a fan of spray paint. Not at all.

A milk paint finish plus a sprayed matte top coat | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

Then the good folks at HomeRight sent me a Spray Shelter.

And I won’t lie.  At first, I was skeptical about it, too.

I mean, where was I supposed to store a big ole’ spray painting shelter?  And how would I ever get it erected?


Then it arrived — in a container no bigger than a studio umbrella.

The HomeRight Spray Shelter stores like a stadium chair | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

And it was every bit as light as a studio umbrella, too. 

Now I’m intrigued — but cautious — I needed to see this thing in action.

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


Turns out, the Spray Shelter pops together in three easy steps:

  1. Connect the two frame pieces together end-to-end.
  2. Thread the connected frame pieces through two loops in the canvas.
  3. Erect the tent, cross the frame pieces, and hook the canvas to the frame.

The canvas portion of the shelter comes in one piece | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |


I was able to set the shelter on the back corner of my patio and didn’t use any of the ground anchors.  The weather was a little breezy, but didn’t move the shelter at all.

Erect the Spray Shelter on any flat surface | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |


And it can easily handle one full-sized porch swing —-with plenty of space (including head space) to spray a lovely matte topcoat on the swing. 

Remember to spray in a well-ventilated area with the front mesh cover LIFTED and wear a protective mask, eyewear, and clothing. 

The Spray Shelter can easily hold a full-sized porch swing | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |


Now I’m a believer and I’ll show you why. 

I sprayed a clear topcoat over the milk paint because it was easier to get coverage between the slats.

It's easier to get the sealer between the slats when applying with a sprayer | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

It only took about 5 to 10 minutes to apply the topcoat to each side.

Distress the paint and then seal the finish with a clear top coat | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

The swing was flipped over and the underside was sprayed first.  When it was dry, the swing was flipped back and the topside was sprayed.

The matte sealer is invisible over the milk paint finish | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

And through it all, the shelter protected the surrounding area from overspray and protected the swing while it dried.

In the end, the finish was totally free of debris and smooth as a baby’s bottom.

But wait…….THERE’S MORE

Since then, the outdoor table set has been refinished with spray paint.  This post will go live on October 20.

Multiple pieces of furniture can be sprayed at once | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

And the battle with the guys  — who think this is the perfect sun shelter for sports or the beach — is ongoing. #homerighthelpme #ithinkineedtwoshelters

The Spray Shelter is also a great sun shelter for weary warriors | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

Their argument is that I can simply use the big shelter’s little brother. To see the tabletop version in action click here.

Fabric ottomans are painted using a power paint sprayer | #sponsored HomeRight | The Chelsea Project |

But as great as the little brother is, it can’t accommodate big pieces of furniture.

Sorry guys.  You lose. 

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  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 October 10, 2016 at 9:08 am

    The swing came out just beautifully and the spray shelter makes life so much easier. I love mine also.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hi Debra and thanks so much.

  • Reply doodletllc October 10, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Fabulous – beautifully done. 🙂

  • Reply Carolann October 10, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I love your swing Susie and the color is stunning! I also love my tent too. It’s the perfect solution for keeping a spray painting mess contained. Great work and I love the way you set things up!

  • Reply Sarah October 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I love the layered effect you got on your swing! The colors are fab and it looks so great! I agree with you- the HomeRight products are fantastic!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Sarah!! XOXO

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  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista October 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Well written post Suzie, enjoyed that! I so need one of these tents and its little brother. I prefer a sprayed top too on certain pieces, especially ones for outdoors.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 11, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Marie…

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