Want to know my favorite DIY weapon of choice?
Yup, plain old spray paint.
Why? Because it's cheap, easy to use and gives quick (fabulous, as well) results. And contrary to popular belief, you can get creative with spray paint. These two projects prove it.
My dear, sweet neighbor next door recently moved out. She was one of the sweetest little old ladies you could ever meet. Anytime I was working on a project in the garage, she would meander over to inspect my work. As she was packing up, she bestowed upon me many treasures, including these two pieces you are about to see, several Mason jars, and more furniture than my garage can hold. Bless her heart.
Along with the Mason jars came this "fishy" tray. Yup, it had fish painted on it. Even though fish do not fit in my décor, I never pass up a good tray, as we all know from the Goodwill tray makeover. This baby came home with me. I knew I wanted to use it in my kitchen, so navy and white was the perfect combination. I used spray paint to prime it, painted it all white, then taped it up with FrogTape Shape Tape to get that perfect chevron pattern. After the tape was on, I used navy spray paint to finish it off. The whole makeover took less than 30 minutes total, not including dry times. See the full chevron tray tutorial here.
I was also thrilled to get this metal cabinet that was a diamond in the rough. It’s a great vintage piece and added much-needed storage in my craft room.
I started off by giving the cabinet a good cleaning. There was dirt. And rust. And lots of both.
After it was scrubbed, I removed all the hardware and gave the entire piece a good coat of gray primer to seal out the rust. Next, I took green spray paint and went over the edges of the doors and drawer with it. Instead of Shape Tape this time, I used regular painter’s tape to add some decorative lines on this piece. See the full post for how I taped it off and turned it into the fabulous storage that it now is with the help of good old spray paint.
Are you doing any spray paint projects this weekend? Find some spray paint inspiration right here.
Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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