If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably already know how much I love a good “up-cycling” project. Rather than getting rid of perfectly good items around your home and spending money on new, modern-looking ones, why not revitalize those things? I think it’s so rewarding to take something you already have (or something you find at a thrift or dollar shop), and elevate it into something fresh and exciting.
So with that in mind, today I want to share the simplicity and brilliance of spray paint makeovers! Just about anything you can think of can be totally transformed with a couple of coats of spray paint.
In order to demonstrate this concept, I gathered a few items from around my house, along with a few more I bought for $1 each at our local dollar store. I ended up with a mix of decorative items, serving platters, organizational items, and office supplies, all crying out to be given a new life!
For the platters, containers, and decor, I wanted to stick with a nice bright white color. I’ve always been very fond of using white around my home, because I think it helps achieve a bright, clean, and airy feel, which I love.
As for the office supplies, I have been loving the recent trend of gold and metallics that have been cropping up. I recently picked up a gold stapler and pair of gold scissors from Target for our studio, and I have been itching to add a few more gold items to our collection. :-)
I ended up purchasing two cans of Krylon COVERMAXX in Satin Bright White, and one can of Rust-Oleum American Accents in Metallic Gold. For what it’s worth, I ended up wishing I had purchased my white spray paint from the Rust-Oleum American Accents line as well, because the gold paint was so easy to use. I only had to do a couple of coats to completely cover my items, where I had to do around half a dozen coats on the items I was painting with the Krylon white paint.
I also needed a couple of painting supplies, so I bought a roll of masking paper and a roll of painter’s tape. I took my masking paper and tape outside and laid out a nice big surface on the sidewalk to do my spray painting on. I made sure to tape down all the edges of the paper so it wouldn’t flap around in the breeze.
Spray painting is a pretty self-explanatory process, so I only have a couple of tips to share for minimizing frustration.
First, keep your spray paint can about 8 inches or so away from the surface you’re painting. You want to be close enough that the paint isn’t blowing away in the wind, but far enough away to avoid over-painting and causing drips.
And second, the key to spray painting is patience! If you accept that everything you paint is going to take at least a few coats to get it completely covered, you will be much better off. :-) However, most spray paints today recommend a surprisingly short waiting period between coats, sometimes even as little as one minute, so you won’t have to wait too long.
If you’re painting with white spray paint, it can become difficult after a while to determine if you have achieved complete coverage (staring at varying shades of white for an extended period of time will do that!) I found that bringing the item inside for a minute is hugely helpful. Seeing it in a naturally-lit indoor setting will help “reset” your eyes, and you’ll easily spot any areas that you may have missed.
Once you’ve achieved the paint coverage you want, allow your items to dry for the time recommended on your can of spray paint. Then it’s time to find a new home for your painted beauties!
My favorite thing about these spray paint makeovers is that even a dinosaur figurine can become a fun and quirky decor item – or a way to add a bit of a modern touch in a nursery.
Or how about a simple rock found in your yard? Add a bit of gold spray paint and it becomes a chic paper weight.
A basic basket painted gold, is perfect for holding colorful napkins on a kitchen counter.
And these dollar store baskets help to corral small craft items in an Ikea storage cart. You’re only limit is your imagination (and your supply of spray paint!)
What is your favorite thing to makeover with spray paint?