About three years ago I started a blog series called "Keeping UP on your Workshop". It was intended to help out other small "garage shop" girls like me who paint furniture. Today I am sharing some candid photos of my really dirty workshop and my paint clothes.
|These are my very sexy paint clothes. I wear hospital scrubs. I have about 10 pairs that look like this or worse.|
|Here is my paint booth.|
Paint Booth Safety:
If you want a paint booth do your research. There are many ways to build a booth a paint booth. In order for the booth to be safe you'll need proper ventilation and a nice professional respirator. I have both. They sell nice respirators for around $30 at most department stores. I use one designed for water based paints. For the longest time I had a drop cloth hung against the garage doors and I would spray furniture that way. Everything in my garage (tools, my stroller/bikes...) were covered in paint dust. Now that I have a booth about 90% of and over spray is contained. After I am done spraying I sneak out the booth and close the plastic flaps with clamps. This insure proper drying times. Once furniture is fully cured I move it out to my enclosed box trailer for storage until it is ready for pickup.
Tips & Tools you Need:
*bandanna for hair
*broom and dust pan
*heavy plastic or drop cloths
*large spot lights
*professional respirator (NOT a small dust mask)
*proper ventilation (do your research on how to ventilate)
*paint sprayer (HVLP sprayers have the lowest over spray and control)
*additional electrical panel so you dont' blow fuses in your house.
I hope these tips help those of you pondering over a paint booth.
The Midwest Cottage