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Friday, February 17, 2012

A "New" Polka Dotted Shop Vac For My Studio

Hello, hello wonderful readers! I thought I'd share with you a silly little project I just finished up for my studio.
Anybody who has known me for any length of time knows I can't leave anything alone if it can be improved upon. I use that term loosely I guess because my idea of 'improved upon' may not be what someone else thinks is better.
 Either way, I spend a lot of time in my studio or in my garage which also entails a lot of time spent creating. My idea of creating includes a lot of furniture makeovers. Anyone one of you who has done even one refinish job knows sanding is messy work. You sand to begin with, you sand between every coat of paint, & you give the piece a final sanding. That's a lot of dust flying around. 
I hate washing it all off by hand because it's a lot and no matter how many times I wipe it or wash it, I still feel like there's a residue. 
I have a tiny little shop vac that is perfect for this type of work. It's small, light weight, & easy to move around, under, over, in, or on a piece of furniture.
I said it's perfect, I didn't say it was cute. 
In order to fix that problem I did what any glam conscious DIY diva would do & I painted it!
Yep, I painted my shop vac.
 Here it is in all it's dusty, well-loved glory.

Not exactly cute so it's a good thing it's so useful. I'm kidding...a little.
 It wouldn't matter how cute it was, it's so valuable to me I'd use it anyway. But why not do something about it's looks if I can right?! RIGHT!
So I did. 

I went ahead and taped off all the important stuff like

the filter information, safety information, and shop-vac

 sign. You know, I'd hate to forget what it was. *wink

Once I had it all taped off, I went around the edges of 

the metal-like 'stickers' with a sharp exacto to give me 

crisp lines for the spray paint. 

I left the switch, but I think I'll touch it 

up with a brush in a contrasting color

 when it's all painted .

Once it was all covered, I primed it right up. It took about a nano-second to start looking better.
I gave it a good coat and then a very light sanding when it was dry to make sure I knocked the primer back a bit. 
After it was all primed, sanded, & wiped down,I painted it with 2 coats of white Fusion paint from Krylon.
This type of spray paint is made specifically for plastics so it won't scratch or chip off.
I've used it on EVERYTHING and have never, not once, had so much as a chip. 
Awesome stuff. 
Once again I waited for it to dry & knocked it back a bit with some 220 grit sanding block.
I removed all the painters tape & was happy to see I had some crisp-o lines going on.
I love my painters tape but I am interested in trying the frog tape I hear so much about.
If anyone has any experience they wanna share I would love to hear it.
I did notice it was on the pricy side, which is fine if it works, but if not, I just can't justify that much for tape.

Time to up the cute factor. {Said in a sing-song voice.}
I used my Cricut and made varying sized circles. No rhyme or reason, just random circles.
I used the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, but I think there are other cartridges that would have a basic circle on them.
Once I had a decent pile of circles cut out, I just started sticking them on the vac.
I even cute a few in half so I could have circles disappearing off the edges & sides.
 I'm kinda tricky like that. He he he.
That was it. A simple, fun little makeover for a much used 'tool.' Who says work can't be adorable?
Here she is all finished up.
Pictures are great! Now that I'm looking at them, I think I need one more circle to the right of the sign there :)

I think she's adorable! 
I already have a few more items in the line up for a new look.
Just goes to show, when you have a DIY mind, nothing is off limits!
Until next time!

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment love! It was a super fun project that just goes to show, nothing is safe from paint in this house. He he he :)

  2. I've used the Frog Tape and think it does a pretty good job...seals edges better...although it is a bit pricey...

    1. I actually think I'm going to go ahead & purchase it next time i get low on tape. I continue to hear such good reviews of it & think the extra investment is worth it if you don't have to do touch-up. Thanks for the tip :)

  3. Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.

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