As soon as the kids go back to school, my thoughts turn to fall. The football. The Halloween costumes. The pumpkin spice everything. But, because I live on the surface of the sun (aka Texas) where it’s still 100-degrees, it doesn’t even begin to feel like fall until most of you already have inches of snow on the ground. So, I have to occupy myself with little fall-type projects while I sit in my air-conditioned house.
We’re getting ready to start teaching our DI kids some costume building skills so they can create their own Halloween costumes this year, so I have Halloween on the brain. During a recent trip to Goodwill, I spotted these teddy bear figurines and a crazy idea came to mind.
I set up my HomeRight Spray Shelter so I could give these beauties a coat of paint in my garage. It was one zillion times easier to set it up in the garage than it was in my bedroom (who knew? Ha!). I put down a drop cloth and then covered a little table since it’s easier to spray paint when your items are waist high. You’ll notice that the drop cloth is smaller than the Spray Shelter footprint – we’ll talk about that in a minute.
I gave the teddy bear figurines a good coat of spray paint (I used flat black in a paint + primer variety).
It was so nice to use the Spray Shelter instead of having to drape tarps over everything that I didn’t want to paint. Even though my control with a rattle can is pretty good, spray paint still leaves a fine layer of dust everywhere.
The “clean” part of the floor is where the drop cloth covered. It’s hard to imagine that such a small amount of paint dust can cause a problem, but it can. It gets on everything in your garage (bikes, tool box, lawn mower) and also in your nose and lungs. Always wear a mask!
Once the bears were dry, I used a red paint pen to fill in their eyes. I thought they would look really creepy like that, and I was right! I feel like they belong in Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Zack had the idea of also painting the eyes of the toy bear that the seated bear is holding, and I love it.
Even though I’m not ready to display these little Halloween figurines yet, I’m even more excited for October to get here. There are so many thrift store or dollar store treasures that you could find to replicate the look. I may have to go in search of some more myself.
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