Confessions of a DIY Spray Paint Enthusiast

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1.14.2016

By Sarah Valdez-Tate, Guest Blogger

Confession: I’m not one of those Pinterest professionals that can turn a wood pallet into a magnificent bedroom set. I need quick and easy projects, and that’s why I LOVE spray painting! So when I was invited to write a post about my gold spray paint projects, I thought, “Of course! I’ll pick up a few items at Goodwill to make over!”

I got distracted.

Luckily everything is $1.39/lb. at the Goodwill Outlet!

I got:

  • 2 scarves
  • 3 dresses
  • 8 women’s tops
  • 1 pair Gap pants
  • 3 men’s tops
  • 3 t-shirts
  • a purse
  • Wicker basket
  • Candlestick
  • Wood Ampersand decoration
  • Wood picture frame
  • Handmade leather sandals
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • Blue & White Chinoiserie vase
  • 2 vintage cups
  • A Mexican/yoga blanket
  • And Corgi socks (because everyone needs socks with a bunch of corgis on them*)

 

 

 

 

 

Corgi Socks
*Modeling my cool Corgi socks
 

blanket with gold spray-painted itemsFor $35**
**Plus tax  
#humblebrag #gwgoodfinds

Now, on to my actual project. It’s easy to use spray paint to update household items to fit your personality. To begin, you’ll need: a can of spray paint (I chose gold), a drop cloth, disposable gloves, a mask, and your item. (HINT: Paint outside: spray painting indoors or in a garage can leave a smell you can’t get out.)

I didn’t follow my own advice. Learn from my mistakes.

Let’s start with the candlestick. Great geometry, a unique piece, but in my house it would get lost with the neutral colors. Give this piece some pop and make a statement!

black candlestick - before
Before
gold candlestick - after
After
 

Now that this is like new, you can use it for a candle. Or you can try something different, like a decorative ball, or even use it as a beautiful teacup holder! (I use it to hold my jewelry by the kitchen sink.)

This basket – cute, but forgettable. With some paint and a vintage napkin that I discovered at an estate sale, it’s a great table centerpiece to display baked goods at brunch.

 

beige basket
Before
painted basket with vintage cloth and bread
After
 

This Chinoiserie vase is BEAUTIFUL!

Chinoiserie vase

Unfortunately, the previous owner super-glued Styrofoam inside to hold faux flowers.

It’s tough to remove and I’m sure with some time and effort you can get it out, but I wanted a quicker solution. So I spray painted some pinecones and hid the damage – a 1-minute fix!

Chinoiserie vase - top view of styrofoamed glued inside
Before
Chinoiserie vase with pine cones
After
 

Bellisimo!!

Here, a vintage cup becomes a fancy colored pencil holder.

before: ugly metal cup
Before
after: gold metal cup with pencils
After
 

But wait, there’s more! Check out this picture frame and this cute tchotchke for my bookshelf. The possibilities are endless – Plastic, wood, iron, furniture, shoes, accessories – even cabinet hardware!


Jazz up a picture frame!

Add a cute touch of tchotchke to your shelf!
 

So grab some Goodwill good finds and a can of spray paint, and start creating your own fabulous pieces!

Editor’s Note:
Have you ever done a spray paint makeover??? Goodwill would love to see them! Share your before and after pictures with us on our Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest pages!

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