Well, it is for an easy to please girl like myself anyway! Who even needs diamonds when you can give something a makeover and make it look a million dollars? (I’m keeping my wedding ring husband-don’t get any ideas!). Of all the DIY projects I carry out, giving something a spray paint makeover using my favourite type. It’s easy, inexpensive and gives something a whole new look and lease of life. Before I throw away or give away anything in my home, I have a good look at it and ask myself if would I keep it if it were a different colour. Why go spend money on a new decor pieces when I can just give something a quick spray and make it look like a brand new item anyway!
As someone who has a had a LOT of spray paint fails, I have learnt a few things about what paint to use and how to apply it. I would often make the mistake of buying the cheapest spray paint at the hardware store which was a bad idea. It would drip. Be a horrid colour. And take hours to dry. I tried some expensive brands too and they were better but still sometimes a bit of a miss. My favourite spray paint (not sponsored) is Rustoleum. It’s a mid range priced paint. Available at Bunnings. Is a two in one primer which means no surface prep and the paint sticks to most surfaces. It is available in a range of gorgeous colours and finished including a new metallic range. It dries within minutes. And the finish is perfection! Music to this DIYers ears! I would not use anything else now and can’t recommend it enough!
So here are my tips for spray painting an items:
- Make sure the surface is free of dust and is dry. (I use baby wipes to clean everything in prep).
- Set your outdoor or well ventilated area up with news paper which is weighed down so that it doesn’t blow up and stick to your wet item.
- Wear old clothes. Tie your hair back. Wear gloves and protective eyewash if you can. It’s messy work!
- Make sure you give the can a really good shake before use.
- BE PATIENT! TAKE YOUR TIME!! My number one rule. Rush it and it will turn out a mess.
- Apply the spray it small even strokes. If you hold the nozzle in one space for too long and apply too much paint, you will get drips. You DON’T want drips.
- Let each section completely dry before turning the item over/around to do other parts.
- Even when the item is dry (no longer tacky), still leave it in the sun for an hour to dry to avoid leaving finger prints when you touch it.
- Experiment with layering! You can for example do a base coat of solid colour and then apply a granite look or glitter finish on top to add some depth.
So what can you spray paint? What can’t you spray paint! I’ll personally give anything a go. Home decor pieces, furniture, toys…I’ll try anything! And if it fails, it doesn’t matter. I mean I’d never spray paint something super expensive in case I ruined it. But if it’s something that doesn’t matter if the makeover fails or its inexpensive, go for it! And if its a disaster, chuck it away! You tried. And had fun doing do! If you were to find a cheap homeware item at a place like Kmart, Big W and The Reject Shop, but it wasn’t tell right colour to suit your home, drop past your local hardware store on the way home and make it fit by changing the colour. When copper was huge, I like every else went nuts and had copper homewares scattered throughout my house. Well now it’s all gone. Not gone. It’s all still in my home but now it’s no longer copper. It’s either white, grey or gold. An in a few months time, depending on what style I like then, they will probably change colour again. That’s the beauty of spray paint!
So ladies, if you are a DIY’er and home décor lover, ask your husband for a Bunnings voucher this Christmas. Buy a couple of cans spray paint in your favourite colours and finishes. Go home and find items to makeover. It’s so much fun! And your husband will more than likely be pretty happy that he doesn’t have to fork out a heap of cash for diamonds. He might even get into some DIY projects too!
*All photos contains an item which has been altered with a coat of spray paint.
Zoe Gilpin – THE DIY DECORATOR