Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hello, Spray Paint, My Old Friend

I {love} watching someone's expression when you tell them you are planning to spray paint. Mainly because it's the same face I would have made about a year or two ago. The first blog post I ever read about spray painting furniture left me in complete disbelief - jaw dropped, arms crossed. It just couldn't be that simple...could it?

But project after project, I'm amazed at how ridiculously easy (and quick!) it is to transform just about anything with spray paint.

Above is the lovely I purchased for $2 at a thrift store. I walked in looking for a fluted or scalloped dish of some kind for my kitchen and this fit the bill perfectly. Except for one thing...it had to be white.

See, these are the colors I used to decorate with...all autumn colors. Had I had this little yellow dish a few years ago, it would have been perfect. But since we moved and I painted my kitchen a super bright fun green, I've been sticking with white accesories and a few earthy neutrals.
But for $2, I knew it was a great spray paint candidate. Until this project, I had never spray painted ceramics or pottery. I started early this morning before the heat and humidity could take over and laughed out loud when I read the back of the can that said to only use it when temps are below 95 and humidity is less than 85%. That would mean pretty much never in Texas.

But one thing is for sure when spray painting. Bugs will always find the wet paint...
Despite the bug glitch, the project turned out exactly as I'd hoped. The spray paint went on smoothly, dried quickly and didn't leave streaks (imagine how many brush strokes there would have been had I used regular paint?!).

I used a semi-gloss because it is what I had on hand, but in the future I'll remember to use high-gloss for ceramic pieces to keep the original sheen look.

**It goes without saying, but dishes that are spray painted probably aren't food-safe. Check your labels!**

What have you spray painted lately?

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  1. Seriously??? You spray painted pottery?

    I LOVE IT!

    That is fabulous. I've been thinking of doing a plate wall in my dining room, but didn't want to shell out a ton of money for white plates. Now I can just go to goodwill and get whatever fun plates I can find and spray paint them white.

  2. I never thought to spray paint dishes. That is amazing.

  3. This def gives me an idea. I hope it will turn out as cute as yours did. White does go with everything, and how cute with some bright green apples, or limes to go with the wonderful green on your walls. Love the color you picked, very bright.

  4. yet another awesome idea! so glad I came across your blog! what kind of spray paint did you use...just a normal semi-gloss spray paint? or was it a certain kind...??

  5. Thanks, Laura! I used Rustoleum's semi-gloss spray paint. Nothing special.

  6. Love this!!! I've been wanting to find some milk glass pieces and this is a perfect solution!! Thanks!

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