I heart spray paint.
I really do. I am not only known for my love of the stuff -but for converting others as well. In our last home I had my own little stash in the basement of different colors and finishes ready for any job or creative experiment that came up.
I love it because it’s cheap, weatherproof, quick, adheres to just about any material and never leaves brush strokes. I love how it can transform something from ugly to pretty or from outdated to modern in a just a few minutes. Of course I can’t leave out the wonders of clear spray paint either -it has saved me from many a DIY disaster and provided luster and protection to so many of my projects in the last decade.
Years ago when the “metals” collection was introduced I knew this would be a game changer. At the time I couldn’t afford to replace my front door fixtures, but for a few dollars I transformed the lock, the door handle, kickplate and doorbell with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I did the same to my outdoor lights and topped it off with a very light mist of copper spray paint over top! Stunning.
When I got sick of the builder grade light fixture in my boys bathroom, I spray painted it cherry red -it suddenly became adorable; friends were impressed.
Then there was the time I invented an entirely new use for spray paint which I am certain the spray paint manufacturers are not even aware of yet; When my boys were toddlers I redecorated their bedroom in a jungle theme and took a huge risk staining over the already painted white faux wood grain closet doors and all of the trim. It did not set and stayed tacky for days! In a panic I went to the hardware store for a fix and spent hours searching the Internet -to no avail. I would have to strip and remove it all -what a disaster. But before throwing in the towel I had another crazy idea. Using clear spray paint I sprayed a section of the slightly wet stain and a few minutes later it was dry! It worked. I sprayed all of the trim and closet doors and the stain dried. It looked wonderful and it stayed that way until the day we moved many years later!
Five years ago I bought a new light fixture for my dinning room from an on-line store with a final sale-no return policy and the finish turned out to be completely different (ok, uglier) than the photo. Once again I reached for the color fix in a can.
I have used spray paint on pottery, vases,vintage telephones, fireplaces,indoor and outdoor furniture, to make art, school projects, even handles on a pair of scissors! (yeah, I’m a little obsessed). Whatever the project, it seems there is a spray paint for it!
The 1o1: Spray paint is a quick, creative and inexpensive way to bring new life to accessories or furniture that may be worn, outdated or no longer match your decor.
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