You may have noticed that in a couple of my latest articles, I’ve strayed from strictly clothing topics and dabbled in the realm of décor. And that’s because your personal style doesn’t just involve how you dress yourself—but also how you dress your home!
This week, we’re talking spray paint. I’ll show you how to add fresh style to your home with nothing but a can or two of paint, a few odds and ends that you may already have (or can easily pick up at a thrift, craft, or hardware store), and a Saturday afternoon of DIY fun.
To prepare for any of these projects, you’ll need to set up a drop cloth or a bunch of newspaper in an outdoor space where you’re allowed to paint, like an alley, balcony, or yard. (Full disclosure: I usually move my dining room table to the side of the room and set up there with all my windows open—but you should definitely use an outdoor area if you have one.)
Then pick a project below, grab a can of spray paint in your favorite hue, and get ready to add a little oomph to your home.
1. Painted Perfume Bottles
I don’t know about you, but I go through a good amount of perfume every year, and I usually don’t stick to one scent. The nice thing about this is that I end up with a lot of pretty bottles in interesting shapes and sizes—but the challenge is that displaying a bunch of mismatched perfume bottles when you live in a small apartment can end up looking tacky and cluttered.
So, I’ve been hoarding them in a plastic bag for a few years, knowing that one day I would think of a great way to use them. When I came across this picture of objects spray painted white and displayed on a white shelf, I thought, “Perfect!” Chic, simple, cohesive—and who isn’t loving white on white these days?
Lay all of the bottles down and coat them with an even, light layer of white, matte spray paint. When they’re dry, flip them over and spray the other side. Repeat until you’ve completely covered the bottles.
You can also cluster these on cake stand or a tray on your coffee or dining table and add a bud vase with some pretty flowers. Beautiful!
2. Quirky Conversation Piece
If you live in a major city, you probably walk past your fair share of stoop sales or thrift stores where people are trying to get rid of some pretty eccentric things. One weekend, I found this weird little pipe—it came with a pipe holder and everything! (Who even knew pipes need holders?) I decided I needed it, but wasn’t sure how to incorporate the piece into my home.
With a can of paint in my hand, I had the perfect idea—make it metallic and use it as a coffee table statement piece! It gives new life to something unique, is an awesome conversation starter, and saves me tons of money I would have spent on that fake antique piece from Anthropologie.
Once you’ve found your piece, pick a paint color that will pop in your room. Metallic is fun, but this could also be a great way to incorporate the neon trend. When you’re sick of it or want to do some redecorating, just spray it over with a new hue!
3. Pretty Push Pins or Magnets
For about $5 at your local craft store, you can get a huge bag of these amazing, flat-backed plastic gemstones. Grab a bunch of them, sand them a little to help the spray paint stick, then place them flat side down on your workspace and spray away. You can stick to one color, or go crazy and paint them all different colors.
Then, pick up some magnet strips (can be found at craft stores or Amazon) or flat push pins (in metallic, white, or clear), and hot glue those bad boys to your gems. Voilà! New magnets to pretty up your fridge or new pushpins to liven up the bulletin board in your home office.
Any spray paint projects you’ve been dying to try? Tell us below!