Confessions of a DIY Spray Paint Enthusiast



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
gold candlestick - 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
painted basket with vintage cloth and bread

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
Chinoiserie vase with pine cones


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

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

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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