5 Simple Tips to Make Spray Painting Easy!

Spray painting is one of the easiest ways to quickly makeover any item that will give you beautiful results.  Here are a couple tips I have picked up- I learned them the hard way- Avoid my pitfalls!

READ the instructions on the can.  Shocking, I know!  But, I am stubborn and tend not to read instructions.  And I have failed because of it. 

Tip #1- Spray 10-12 inches away from the object.

What happens when your spray too closely to your item?

Paint Drips! It looks terrible!

These are bad, although admittedly fun to do on purpose for a picture for your blog 🙂

Tip #2- Spray paint gets everywhere- use drop cloths or paper to cover anything else that may be in room where you are painting.

Tip #3- Clean your surface before painting, make sure it is dry and prime if desired.  Priming is recommended if you want the piece to last, not scratch off easily, etc. I am lazy and do not prime as much as I should…

Tip #4- Wear Gloves- I somehow manage to always get spray paint all over me (See Tip 2), wearing gloves makes things so much easier!

Tip #5- If you ignored Tip Number 4 (which I have, hence why I know Tip 5)- You can make a Spray Paint Scrub Remover with natural products you probably have at home- 
Olive Oil Plus kosher salt (or any coarse salt) removes spray paint that is stuck to your hands.  Scrub your hands with the mixture and the spray pant will come off (some areas may need to be scrubbed harder than others) And a bonus?-  it makes your hands feel soft and gentle!

Here is a simple spray paint makeover I did on a garden stool:

Before picture taken after sanding some of the paint

I found this one at ROSS for $22! Of course, I knew it would need a paint job, but it would be worth the cost of spray paint as they are upwards of $100 retail.

I love the white, but I have been thinking of repainting it a bright color (turquoise?) for my office space.   However, the office is one of the last rooms I am working on, so it will stay white for awhile.  The stool is lonely and does not have a proper place in the house yet, so I better get a move on our office makeover!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, I am *finally* getting all the pictures from Kalia’s first birthday bash, so I will have lots of crafts and DIYs updated soon!

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  1. I really need to learn to follow #1 and #4! Thanks for sharing. The garden stool looks sooo much better!

  2. Great tips! I love spray painting but I always get too close and end up with drips. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Have a great day!

  3. ellysan says:

    You forgot an essential item: Buy a small painter's MASK and wear it. You don't need to breathe spray paint!!!

  4. I have made a lot of mistakes with spray paint…so I need to be reminded with tips like these on how things are SUPPOSED to be done. lol

    I think the stool looks great the white color. Perhaps you can add some of the turquoise here and there instead of repainting the whole thing one color…?

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  6. Tania says:

    Awesome tips. I have a few old items laying around that could use some spray paint.

  7. Wow! You can never tell that that beautiful creamy stool was once a vintage-looking green chair. The spray paint definitely reinvented it into something classy. :’> The thin and firm coating is indeed stunning. Good job, Laurel! :]

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