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?