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Add Color with Spray Paint

Written on October 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm , by

I’ve been an avid user of spray paint for many years, and consider it a quick fix in a can.  Spray paint has the power to change the color of so many decorative objects or small pieces of furniture to suit your style or inject your home with a fresh dose of fun color. 

For those new to spray painting I recommend you start with a small project first.  Turn an inexpensive yet ordinary metal lantern into a stylish accent with a few coats of aqua blue spray paint for a colorful addition to your rear yard or alfresco table setting.

aqua lantern bhg

 

Follow these basic tips whenever you use spray paint:

1)  Always spray paint in a well ventilated area.  Follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions which include making sure your piece is free of debris and painting at ideal temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees.

2)  Use a drop cloth and a respirator to protect yourself from inhaling any chemicals from overspray or airborne particles that occur when spray painting.  Tape off any parts you don’t want covered with paint with painter’s tape and plastic wrap or newspaper.

3)  Prime your surface if necessary.  Metals often don’t require priming but with wood or laminate, it’s a must.   Look for a good adhesion or bonding primer that sticks to all surfaces (I prefer Zinsser’s ‘Cover Stain’ in the brown and white can and use it for everything from glass to metal to wood). 

4)  Invest a few extra dollars in a handy spray paint nozzle (seen here) often referred to as a “spray paint gun”.  It’s a little plastic tool found in the spray paint department designed to help you spray paint with greater accuracy, it helps avoid finger cramping, and assists in universal coverage.

5)  Always spray very light coats to avoid unwanted drips.  Keep your spray can moving back and forth about 8” to 10” away from your subject.  Don’t expect full coverage in one coat.  It’s better to have two to three light coats than to risk drips from overspray on your first coat of spray paint.

6)  Helpful trick!  If spray painting small pieces of furniture, turn them upside down and do the underside first.  After it’s dry you can spend more time concentrating on even application on the visible areas on the piece of furniture. 

7) Second helpful trick!  For hard to reach places, spray a small amount of paint in liquid form into the plastic cap and use a disposable small artist’s brush to dip it into the paint and then fill in those tricky spots.

 

Once you’ve mastered the basics, move on to larger pieces or even furniture:

Bring feisty red into your home by spray painting a Chippendale style chair with a glossy red paint for a dash of panache in your dining room.

 red chippendale chairs bhg

 

IKEA makes affordable Vittsjo shelving units, and if you spray paint them with Rust-Oleum’s yellow gloss paint, you’ll get a similar look to the colorful metal bookshelves at Room and Board.

colorful vittsjo shelving

 

Paint inexpensive saddle stools with Krylon’s Emerald to mimic the look of these fun green counter stools that bring fresh color to a kitchen space. 

 

green saddle stools bhg

 

It’s easy to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary with a little know how and a colorful can of spray paint!  

More helpful articles:

Spray Paint FAQs

How to Spray Paint Furniture

 

 

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