Friday, 9 November 2012

Spray Paint Chic

I love spray paint!  It's quick and easy and makes just about anything look new and pretty.  There are piles of colours to choose from these days so you can almost always find one to match your decor.  It's so quick and easy!  You can spray paint just about anything if you have the right type of paint.  And did I mention it's really quick and easy?  I think it should be called "quick and easy" instead of spray paint.

Take a look at these spray paint projects and maybe save yourself a bunch of cash by giving something in your home a "quick and easy" revamp!

Source: via Kirsten on Pinterest

Some DIY art.

Make some seasonal decorations

Those old lamps you inherited from grandma might look very chic with a coat of glossy white and a new modern shade.  Or if you found some that were super cheap but an ugly colour.

Source: via Kirsten on Pinterest

A gallery wall of old frames in interesting colours or old cans, vases and jars all the same colour would be an inexpensive way to add some new accessories to any room.

Painted furniture is a popular trend right now.  Spray paint is a great option for a piece with lots of little details that would be a pain to try and paint with a brush.

Here's where you can really save a bundle!  If you have some dated fixtures or hardware you've been hoping to replace, you may be able to update them for $7/can of spray paint as opposed to $5/cabinet knob, $40/door knob, $100/faucet, etc.
At one clients we were able to save at least a couple of hundered dollars by taking down some light fixtures and painting them to match the rest of the hardware and metal accessories they had already invested in.  And it didn't take any longer than it would've to drive to the store and buy new ones.


This is on my list of things to try.  Fabric spray paint.  Unless it's a simple job you can do yourself, reupholstery is something you'll probably need a professional for and can add up pretty quickly.  This could be perfect if the fabric is in good shape and you just need a new colour.
A few spray painting tips:
Stick to outdoors or a very well ventilated area where it is out of the wind so you don't end up with a bunch of dust or junk blown onto your project.  And wear a mask and glasses.
Read and follow the directions for best results.
Make sure you prime anything that is smooth (or anything really if you want to ensure your paint adheres well) and if it's something like the door knobs or fixtures that will be handled a lot, gently sand with a very fine sandpaper and wipe it clean before you prime.
Move in smooth sweeping motions with the can about a foot away to get a smooth finish and do thin coats with the required dry time inbetween as opposed to one thick one.  Thick coats are more likely to drip and not adhere as well.
Good luck with your "quick and easy" painting!  I always love to see before and after pictures ;) !

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