I've been looking for a garden stool (that didn't cost an arm and a leg) forever! So, when my sis sent me a picture of this one that she came across at Ross, I jumped at it. Although I think the blue is pretty, I didn't really like the brown glaze on it, and the color doesn't work in my house. That didn't really matter to me, though, because I knew painting it would be a breeze!
Even though ceramics have a smooth, glossy finish, they are simple to paint successfully. Here are a few tips that I think are key to getting a good result when painting ceramic items.
*Use a primer. I don't always use primer on items I'm spray painting, but on something with a smooth glossy finish it's essential. I used Rustoleum's spray primer for this project.
*Spray several very light coats. I'm always tempted to paint with a heavy hand and only do one coat, but it's so much better to do several coats of almost a mist.
*After finishing priming, wipe your piece down lightly with very fine steel wool or sandpaper. This will smooth out any grit that may have formed with the primer. Usually, if you find the primer is gritty, it hasn't been shaken enough before you started spraying. Wipe dust clean.
*Spray 3-4 light coats of color. I used glossy paint hoping to achieve a finish that didn't LOOK like I had spray painted it! Glossy paint is the most durable, and after the paint has cured should hold up well to normal usage.
That's it! So, if you come across a great deal on a ceramic item, but the finish is not quite your taste, scoop it up anyway and paint it!