Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Senior Parking Spot Painting Project

Well, it's the first day back at school for my kiddos, so I thought I'd share how we spent our last Saturday of summer vacation...painting a parking spot for my "senior" daughter!  She and her co-captain on the dance team decided to register for two spots beside each other so they could paint one large area together.  We'd never done anything like this before (why would we?), so it was a bit of trial and error.  

Here's a few tips we thought we should share:

  1. Check the "Opps!" paint sections at your local paint stores before you buy!  One local store even gave the girls several quarts for free, and the colors they didn't use, they shared with friends.  The big box stores charged $9 for a gallon, and just 50¢ for little sample pots...much cheaper than buying all custom new colors! Also, we used exterior latex for easy clean-up.
  2. Quantities are hard to estimate, but to get really good coverage on the cement, I'd say a gallon per parking space of your background color...we only had one gallon, and that's why some of the pavement is still showing through. (Apply 2 coats!)
  3. Sidewalk chalk is great for mapping out your design.
  4. Save your back and bring a broom pole to attach to your paint roller.

Here's a few pictures of the girls at work, and the finished spaces! So very cute!

This is why you need extension poles for the rollers and a gallon of paint
per parking spot!

One of the free "opps!" paints made the perfect primer
for the gold metallic spray paint!

Ring Loud and Proud Belles!

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