13 Awesome Things You Can Do With Spray Paint

Think again before you throw out those old nick-nacks. You can give them a whole new lease of life with just a few blasts of spray paint!

Spray paint has to be one of the most versatile materials around. It’s easy and quick to use, fast drying, and there’s no brush strokes, plus there’s barely any clean up. It also lends its charms to almost anything – it can be used on wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramics, mirror, glass, plaster, canvas, particle board - you name it, you can probably spray paint it! 

It’s also a great way to upcycle old items – scour markets and op shops for items that can be turned into a chic addition to any home!

Before spray painting, always be sure to lay down plenty of paper and always work in a well ventilated area. In most cases, a double coat should provide results, but remember to keep each coat light, and let it totally dry before you apply the next.

To get you inspired, here are 13 awesome things to try with spray paint. 

1. Upcycle your nick-nacks

Whether it’s a bottle or a tacky old ceramic nick-nack, spray painting will transform it. Think ceramic ornaments, plastic toys or photo frames.

If you are using it on a glossy surface, such as mirror or glass, it could be worthwhile priming first for a more even coverage.

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2. Give old bottles a new lease of life

There are so many ways to upcycle bottles with spray paint, but we especially love this idea – all you need to create this beautiful effect is rubber bands.

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3. Upcycle furniture into something fabulous

Spray paint is a great way to upcycle old furniture, but adding a lace stencil is borderline genius.

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4. Make impressive doily art

It only takes an hour to create beautiful art for your home. Simply spray paint a canvas or board your base colour, wait to dry, position your doilies and spray paint again. I found making the doilies slightly sticky with adhesive spray meant the pattern came out sharper.

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5. Chic leaf art

No doilies lying around? Go outside, collect some leaves and create this super chic leaf art using the same technique. 

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6. Turn a fan into a rainbow

Because every kid (and big kid) needs a rainbow! Best of all, it’s super simple. Just spray paint each fan blade a primary colour, and watch it whirl into a rainbow when you turn it on! Alternatively, spray paint all one colour such as aqua or pink so it blends seamlessly with your existing decor. 

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7. Straws aren’t just for drinking

Straws, spray paint and string – who knew that three such simple things could create such elegant party flags?

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8. I see the sea

Spray paint shells for an inexpensive designer trick.

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9. Jazz up your spoons

Who said spoons have to be boring? Be sure not to get any spray paint on the spoon itself, and apply an overcoat for extra wear.

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10. Apothecary jars

Great for weddings, parties or even your bathroom, these fabulous looking apothecary jars just require candlesticks, jars, gorrilla glue and spray paint.

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11. Living art

Even the humble pineapple can benefit with a spray paint makeover. Perfect for centre pieces for your next wedding or Hawaiian themed birthday party.

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12. Cute key rings

Make these adorable key rings by spray painting dollar-store toys.

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13. A precious keepsake

Spray paint a measuring tape and use it as a growth chart for the kids.

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Do you have any great ideas for spray paint? Comment below and let us know!

For more information on tips for using spray paint, a whole range of colours and finishes, head to whiteknight.com

For more craft and upcycling ideas, visit craftygirllifehacks.com or follow Penelope on Instagram

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