Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Spray Paint Your Stuff


Do you use spray paint?
I must confess that I have not always used spray paint.
I guess I thought that using it was taking some sort of shortcut, and I am a do it right or not at all kind of gal. I was wrong. It was a lack of experience that caused me to doubt the joys of spray paint.
Discovering HOW to spray paint has really made a difference. Using a good metal primer is crucial (in my opinion) for flawless adhesion. I have painted a number of brass lamps, and primer has been key in getting a perfect top coat.
BEFORE: Brass lamp with good form

AFTER:
A $4.00 Goodwill Lamp, easily mistaken for a $100.00 lamp.

(gloss black)

If you have something you love, but have become bored with it, why not give it a coat of paint? I find that I have no fear when it comes to painting something that I only paid three dollars for.
BEFORE:
Ho hum vintage owl

AFTER: Fun mod accessory!

(gloss white)


BEFORE: Gnarly dresser drawer


AFTER: Paint and paper transformed



Side table, freshened up with a coat of glossy white paint.


Find something on clearance? Not your colors?

BEFORE:








AFTER: Fits right in!

Hostess tables transformed

(Blue Ocean Breeze)

More brass lamps
BEFORE: Beautiful shape


AFTER:


(almond)

Revamp a tired chair with a jolt of red

(Cherry Red)

BEFORE:
Wimpy tray color


AFTER:
Rich color
( Pumpkin Orange)

BEFORE:
Lack luster clock


AFTER:
Fun color!

BEFORE:
Ready to go back to the goodwill...

AFTER:
Staying with me for a while longer

(Ivy Leaf)
My favorite brand of spray paint is hands down, Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint. It does exactly what is says it will do.
"Dries in 10 minutes" It does!
"exceptionally smooth and durable paint" It is!

Spray paint is transformation in a can!
I hope you're inspired to try some spray paint!


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34 comments:

  1. All of your paint projects are fantastic!

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  2. Very pretty!! Love the lamps and dresser re-do. Well done!

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  3. Thanks so much for the tutorial! You've totally got me pumped up to go spray paint something!

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  4. Love it all! I haven't found anything yet I cant spray paint. .. well, maybe not the kids. :-)

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  5. Drooling over the lamps! Can you tell me what colors they were painted? I love them both! I have some old brass ones that I need to perk up a bit! Thanks so much!

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  6. Thanks for the tips. I have a metal floor lamp I want to paint and didn't realize I should use a primer on metal.

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  7. I am a spray painting fool! It is amazing how easy it is to utterly transform things with it. Lovely photos of all of your projects!

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  8. This is a really great post! Fantastic transformations!

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  9. What did we do without 'Spray Paint'...
    I love it!
    Sandy

    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

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  10. Hi Michelle all your paint projects turned out beautiful and I love all the colors you used!! I especially LOVE the lamp transformations.Great Job, Martina

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  11. Wow, I really like to witness how a simple paint job transforms everything to great looking!

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  12. You have painted things I never would have thought to attempt. I may get brave now that I can spray outside and stay away from the smells! Love all of your stuff!

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  13. So I fear spray paint. I fear that it will scratch off easily. Is this the case or am I just nieve?

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  14. You motivated me! Beautiful transformations.

    Have a blessed Mother's Day.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  15. You motivated me, Michelle. Lovely transformations.

    Have a blessed Mother's Day.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  16. Great redos with the spray paint. Those brass lamps look like were always the color that you painted them. I am glad you named the Krylon paint that you recommend. I am getting ready to spray paint some outdoor chairs. Thanks for the info and thanks for visiting.

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  17. I love spraypaint! I wish I could find more blue/aqua/green colors though. And why is it Blue Ocean Breeze looks so pretty & soft online, but is so much brighter in person? Dont get me wrong, I like it, I painted candlesticks that color. But I'm trying to hard to find a soft pretty aqua. Why doesnt Martha make spray paint?!

    Your makeovers rock :)

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  18. All of your brass lamps look great! I keep trying to find some, but will continue to be patient. I love a good spray paint makeover.

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  19. Love spray paint! And all your treasures!! They look great!

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  20. Love all of your before's and after's.

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  21. This is so inspiring! I saw you on Somewhat Simple, and I'm so glad I found your post!

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  22. Thanks everyone!
    Renanda, If you use primer first, stratching off shouldn't be an issue, however, you can add a top coat of sealer if it's still a concern

    Jemsmom, I used gloss black for one, and almond for the pair

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  23. Thanks for all the ideas!! I am heading to the hardware store!!
    Could I use Rustoleum? I am spraying everything gold in the house to black...dramatic! I had purchased shelves at a garage sale cheap..black will really make them stand out!

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  24. This is almost too much prettiness for me to withstand! You're absolutely right. Paint can transform. And I think you've found your calling.
    Brenda

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  25. Amazing what a little paint will do. The white owl is my fav. Your blog is darling too.

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  26. I'm drooling over all your spray painted items... all perfect examples of the Power of Paint... thanks for sharing them with us at the POPP... I LOVE Krylon too :-)

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  27. oooh these are just fabulous. was wondering the metal primer... is there a particular brand u recommend, and do they come in the spray paint format ?

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  28. Sidu, I use Rustoleum's Clean Metal Primer, in the spray paint aisle.

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  29. I was so inspired by your GW vases that i rushed out to do my own this weekend. I sprayed mine with Kilz primer (original) and an hour later the paint easily peels off (of ceramic vases/whatnots). Now, it probably doesn't not help that I love in Nashville, TN and it is all sorts of humid today. Also having a lot of bubbling issues. Do you sand after priming? Thanks so much! Love your blog!

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  30. Jennie, I have not used Kilz spray primer before, I use Rustoleum's clean METAL primer...it's made for metal, but works wonders on any other slick surface. If you want to try the Krylon plastic fusion paint, and skip the primer all together, that's another option. Good luck! I hope you get this...there is no link to you!

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  31. Michelle, i seriously need help... i bit the bulet and got the lamp n primer and everything... but when i applied the primer it came out all bubbly and frothy not smooth... what am i doing wrong???? my hubby thinks i shud spray paint from a distance to get a smooth finish... now how can i get the goop off the lamp ;< HELP !!!!

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  32. Where can I find a good tutorial on HOW to spray paint? I tried experimenting on an old bowl the other day and it came out all...lumpy... in places. I think I sprayed too close, perhaps? If you spray from a distance, isn't that a waste of paint, because it seems to fall onto the drop cloth/paper instead of the object being painted! Sorry to use the comments form for this, but you're the spray-painting queen, as far as I'm concerned and I hope you might be able to shed some light on this.

    Thanks and I love the new kitchen. It looks really nice.

    Chryselle @ Frangipani Decor

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Michelle