This past weekend, I went on a mini spray painting spree. The kind where I get so impulsive about pushing and aiming the little nozzle that I almost spray paint my cats.
I decided the glossy look wouldn't suit them.
It all started when I wanted to experiment with using frosted glass spray paint to achieve the "etched sans hazardous chemicals" look. I try to save the hazardous chemicals for the member of my family that sports a white coat from 9-5 and whisks me off to dreamland with bedtime stories about loop diuretics and hypertension. (That is a true story: whenever I can't sleep, Rick volunteers to start talking medicine. Works like a charm.) My process (which, I'll assure you, is not earth-shattering ingenuity...I'm sure countless others have used frosted spray paint to achieve the same look) consisted of four very simple steps:
1) Find glass to spray paint. In this case, I used two recycled Yankee Candle jars.
2) Tape design to jar. I used regular Scotch tape on the tall one and didn't have any problems with the spray paint bleeding through.
I would love to try this same thing with shaped stickers or custom adhesives cut with my Cricut. But I'll save that for another day.
3) Spray paint jars with frost spray paint. I used Rustoleum Frosted Glass.
4) Peel off tape. Ta da! Ambiance shot:
That lantern in the above grouping started off like this, purchased for $.75 from the recent Ronald McDonald House Charity Sale (talk about a yard saler's paradise: this event overflowed an entire vacant Dick's Sporting Goods from front to back with donated--and cheap!--treasures):
Clearly, it was the next victim on my serial spray painting spree, because it is now white.
And on the other side of the mantle is my subtle $1.99 Goodwill hint that it is fall, which I also spray painted white.
Spray paint=wonder paint. You'll never look at gleaming faux copper pumpkins the same way once you can picture them with a new coat of paint. And you know you talk too much about the "potential" and "possibility" in things when your husband, out of the blue, says "Hey, that vase has good lines."
I was so proud. :)
Any favorite spray paint fixes? Feel free to share or link to your work!