Now I don’t mean literally spray painting your walls or anything – let’s stay away from that one. But there are a number of items in or around your apartment that you can give a makeover with a simple can of spray paint. It can make such a difference that you may not have to replace some things you were considering junking. Or you can make what you have fit your color scheme better.
First things first – you’ll want to make sure you’re buying the correct type of spray paint. If you’re painting metal furniture, there is a special type for that vs. the regular kind for plastic and wood. You may also want to invest in a spray paint that has a primer mixed in. You can also choose from gloss, satin, matte, and metallic finishes like you can when you’re purchasing house paint There are a surprising number of options available!
Next you want to prepare your surfaces. Make sure all items you want to paint are clean and have any debris or dirt removed from them first. Otherwise, this will prevent the paint from sticking. It may also help to wear gloves to prevent the oil from your hands from getting on your project. When you’re preparing your project, you will need a workspace that is most likely outside (unless you have a work studio of some kind) and spray painting requires pretty good weather – no wind or rain is optimal.
Spray your project pieces and give the recommended drying time between coats. You’ll most likely need to do more than one coat of paint to ensure the entire object is evenly covered. You might also want to practice on something before you tackle the main project.
Here are some ideas for things you can improve with a simple can of spray paint:
- Picture frames
- Hardware (not if it’s the landlord’s!)
- Metal furniture
- Decorative objects like vases, planters, etc.
- String lights – change the traditional green string part, just remove bulbs first
- Wire storage baskets or metal storage bins
- Light fixtures