The thing about white Christmas trees is that they have a tendency to turn yellow during storage. Living in Florida, and storing it in the garage, we didn’t stand a change of keeping our tree white. We had the tree for two years before it turned yellow, and was able to get it replaced for free since it was still under warranty. However, it was a pain in the butt to get the replacement, and I didn’t have the energy to go through that again with our now yellow tree. My uncle had the same issue with his trees this year (which mind you, he put up during Halloween), and he took it upon himself to spray paint them. What? Is that a thing? Can you do that? Heck yes you can, apparently!
After doing a little research, it seemed like the best idea rather than buying another tree. Especially because I love white trees, and know that I’ll be dealing with this for the rest of my years. I just can’t have a green tree. I’m incapable. Black, teal, silver, white…but no green!
As you can see, we had a lot of work ahead of us because its yellowed in a lot of areas.
Notice how in some parts, it’s still stark white but yet one branch over…it’s completely yellow. Ah yes, this should be tricky when spray painting and making sure the color is even.
After doing some research, it became obvious that the key ingredient to this would be to make sure to purchase a spray paint made for plastic. That way, we are sure the paint adheres to the tips, and doesn’t peel off when the ornaments are placed on the tree. We choose the Krylon brand for plastic called Fusion in Gloss.
We laid out all of the branches, all opened and spread them out on the deck. We spray painted each branch individually, making sure to cover the yellowed branch as well as the white one to ensure the color was even all throughout. This took about four cans of spray paint for our 6.5 ft tree. Once we finished spraying a branch, we attached it to the tree like we would when we are ready to decorate. This was the easiest way to dry them.
After letting it try outside for about four hours, I brought back inside and did a final check. IT LOOKED GOOD.
The smell. Then add lights to it, which get hot, and you’ve got a dining room that stinks like spray paint. However, a few days have passed and the smell has finally gone away. Just make sure you leave your tree in a well ventilated area to get the smell to fade quicker.
Voila! The finished tree. Didn’t it turn out great? You honestly can’t tell it ever yellowed. Just don’t get too close, you may get high from the fumes. Unless you are into that kind of thing…then go for it.
If you are thinking about spray painting your tree this year, just make sure you do it sooner rather than later to give it time to de-stink. Don’t worry, this isn’t something you’ll mess up either. Andrew and I are the world’s worst spray painters and somehow managed to spray the tree evenly and it doesn’t look clumpy at all. We can thank Krylon for that!