I love the power of paint to change up a thrift store find, but if you’re looking for a quick colorful way to change something, grab a can of your favorite spray paint!
There are some things you should know before you spray paint anything.
- Read The Directions
- Choose a good location outdoors—be aware of overspray where other valuables are concerned. No thrift store project is worth ruining the family car!
- If you are in a confined area, wear a respirator
- A cardboard box makes a great “paint booth” for small objects
- Raise your project off the ground if it’s small enough so you can get at all the angles easier
- Start with a clean/dry project. Wash with soap and water if possible, and allow to dry completely
- Using a primer may help you achieve better coverage
- Several light coats of paint are much better than a couple of heavy coats that may run
- IF you get a run, lightly sand it, wipe it off and hit it again with LIGHT coats
- DUST and WATER are the worst enemies of spray paint
- Humidity levels will mess with drying times
- Be sure to use a tack cloth after sanding to remove all dust
- Test the spray paint before you begin to make sure you have a good flow
- Start spraying before you move the can toward the project, continue spraying after you leave the project
- Two passes count as 1 light coat
- Read THE Directions (yes, it’s important enough to list twice!) Especially for dry times and recoat times
- After spraying, turn the can upside down and press the the button to clear the nozzle of paint. If a tip does become clogged, wipe off the opening with warm water or lacquer thinner, NEVER stick a pin into the nozzle!!
- Please dispose of paint cans properly
Things you can spray paint:
- Wood-furniture, frames, boxes/crates, trays
- Plastic-lawn furniture, décor, frames, flower pots, trays
- Glass-vases, mirrors, ornaments, trays, glassware, wine bottles
- Fabric-stencils for pillows, stripes or patterns, rugs
- Metal-buckets, furniture, nick knacks, mailboxes, folding chairs, shelving units, filing cabinets, tools
- Items found in nature-tree branches, leaves, pumpkins/gourds, pine cones, dried flowers, acorns
- Wicker-baskets, furniture
- Brass-lamps, chandeliers, flower pots, trays, urns
- Vinyl-mini blinds
Things around your house:
- Ceiling Fans
- Cabinet knobs/pulls
- Heat vents
- Fireplace screens
Types of Spray Paint:
- Mirrored paint
- Stained Glass (which looks translucent)
- Rust proof
- Frosted Glass
Check out these creative/colorful uses of spray paint:
Perhaps those chairs were inspired by my friend Catherine’s adorable folding kids’ chairs.
How about some practical uses from My Repurposed Life:
Most recently, I painted some Ball Mason Jars for one of my night classes discussing the power of spray paint. It’s hard for me to choose a favorite—do you have one that you just love?
To see more of my spray painted projects, check out this Take 2 Tuesday post Spray Paint Edition
What’s the last thing YOU spray painted?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.