Spray paint is making it’s way into almost every other DIY project I see on Pinterest now a days.
Now I’m not complaining, because as someone with a lot of ideas but very little ability to execute artistically spray paint has become my savior! There is a bit of a learning curve to technique, so maybe do some trial runs before you tackle your one piece that you are really excited about.
Erica and myself were inspired when we were looking around the shop during our redesign last week. We saw many pieces that were outdated and not selling but given some TLC we knew we could make them modern again, like this lamp.
And by TLC we mean a fresh coat of paint.
When spray painting you are going to want to make sure your piece/s are cleaned of all dust and grease. Simply rubbing them down with acetone, or acetone nail polish is all you need to do, but make sure you rub every surface you want to paint.
Then read the instructions on the can. Take the minute to read it, trust me.
We are lucky enough to have a paint booth here at the shop for the colder months but we also have a huge plastic drop cloth for painting outside. Make sure wherever you do paint is well ventilated, this is the most important rule!
Then pick a spot and start spraying! You’re going to want to hold the can about 8 inches from the piece and spray in a sweeping motion. Don’t just point and spray, and use short back and forth strokes for the best and most even result.
One last tip, do multiple lighter coats letting each coat dry completely, this isn’t something you have to rush.
Share your favorite spray paint projects with us below, or any tips you have for spray painting newbies.