Looking to decorate on a budget? Why not use spray paint? Here are easy tips for spray painting curtain rods and other DIYs.
Pottery, home decor, shoes—these are just some of the things you can paint with spray paint. Find out more about spray paint and its uses here.
If I were a pitcher—this is what I would want to be when I grew up.
Nothing too fancy for me.
Just rescue me from the thrift store, paint me white, fill me with flowers and find some friends.
I think this is what every neglected, overlooked, under-appreciated pitcher covered in teddy bears and ivy leaves found in thrift stores everywhere truly wants to be.
You’ve seen them before sitting over by the plastic fruit and the unfinished paint by numbers.
Waiting for greatness.
And in amazing-decorate-your-house-on-a-dime-and-have-money-left-over-for-a-Carribean-cruise news, there are SO MANY MORE THINGS that pitchers that can be transformed with spray paint. So put on your shopping eyes and get ready to go down the aisles of your home with a cart.
Here are 9 things you can transform with spray paint.
1. Tips for spray painting curtain rods
If you have ever priced brass (or gold) curtain rods then you understand what I am talking about.
Gold curtain rods like these are so on trend right now.
Trendy, trendering, trendineista.
But the price tag? YIKES. Whhhhhhhy gold curtain rod people? Why the cost? We have children to take through the McDonald’s drive-through and put through college.
So I bought these curtain rods in the scratch and dent section of the store and spray-painted them gold.
Here are tips for spray painting curtain rods.
Painting curtain rods can be a great way to add a fresh new look to any room, but the process of painting them can be tricky. The best approach is to follow these five steps that help get a smooth, polished surface.
- Clean the curtain rod surface thoroughly with soap and water.
- Lightly scuff the surface with 220-grit sandpaper.
- Prime the rod with a spray primer and let it dry completely before painting it with the color of spray paint that works with your decor (I used gold spray paint).
- You want to apply several thin coats of paint instead of one thick coat for an even finish.
- You can use a sealer once the final coat is dry to protect against scratches or fading over time.
2. curtain rings and finials
And why stop with spray painting curtain rods?
In my quest for shopping my house and finding things you can transform with spray paint?
I spray-painted the finials, too.
You can also spray paint the clip-on rings that make no-sew curtains easier to put on than your shoes.
(total aside: if you are looking at curtains and need a simple, budget way to line them? Here’s my best tip.)
3. door hardware
You can actually spray paint door anything.
At this moment, as my almost-about-to-be-purple-fingernails are flying across the keyboard, my husband is spray painting the doorknob to our outdoor storage closet.
I’ve spray painted door knockers like this one.
And door handles.
And even cabinet hardware before.
I repeat never.
Let the random color of a basket at a yard sale come between you and a purchase.
Baskets are one of the easiest things to spray paint.
And if you want to take it to the Ph.D. level, why not add numbers?
Here’s a simple tutorial on how to spray paint numbers on a basket.
This is the time of year when you head out to the outside of your house and avert your eyes.
All the planters and outside accessories look like they’ve been partying hard over the winter. You can see their wrinkles and their chips and their messy hair buns.
Do not go with your initial thought and throw them out. Instead? Add them to the list of things you can transform with spray paint. They’ll look like they are brand new after you spray paint them.
You can see how I made these monogrammed planters here.
In addition to spray painting curtain rods and other home decor items, you can also spray paint wreaths.
Here’s one that I spray-painted gold.
You can spray paint twigs and branches, too.
I know, right?
Start shopping the attic now for things you can transform with spray paint, too.
7. Wall art
When I bought this from the store?
It was silver.
I almost tossed it because it didn’t really fit the space anymore.
But add a can of spray paint?
It looks like contemporary art.
These were pink and orange when I bought them years ago from Hobby Lobby.
And then the other day I was in Hobby Lobby and saw almost the EXACT same thing except it was brass.
I literally ran home and grabbed the spray paint.
This piece went from the back of the theater to the front row.
And now we are back where we started. After spray painting curtain rods and wreaths and accessories and all the things? We are back at the beginning with our lonely pitcher sitting over by the plastic fruit and the unfinished paint by numbers.
If you need a step-by-step on the best way to spray paint and some spray painting tips, you can see how I transformed it here.
I wrote this post because—truth?
As someone who has seen blue eyeshadow and stirrup pants make a re-appearance…
…there is one universal truth when it comes to design.
What’s old is always new again.
It comes back around and it looks so fresh and we toss the newer old out and add the older old again.
You don’t have to spend all that money to stay on trend.
Just grab your older old home decor and reach for the spray paint.