Every now and again I’m reminded just how amazing paint can be!
Take this ramshackle collection of discarded “goodies”…
Lovely, aren’t they?
Let’s face it, ordinarily you wouldn’t look twice at any of this, right?
The round board was the original top from the stool I hacked recently (it was just sitting in the shed gathering dust) and the other pieces were all found at the op shop for a grand total of $7.
Well, an hour or so and a few coats of spray paint later and you just might look twice!
Not bad, eh?
This is such a quick, easy and affordable project anyone can have a go at. All I did was thoroughly clean each item, place them on a protected surface, then spray away. Around three light coats per item.
It really is that simple, though here are a few extra pointers for achieving great results…
:: After cleaning using warm soapy water, wipe with isopropyl alcohol. This removes any trace of grime and creates a squeaky clean surface ready to accept the paint. I find it improves long term adhesion.
:: Place each item on a little pedestal which is narrower than the item itself (you can use anything – a scrap piece of wood, a spray can lid, a yogurt container). This makes it super easy to spray all around the piece.
:: If you can, use a rotating board (lazy susan). Again, it just makes it easier to spray the piece all over.
The board is coated in Dulux Duramax Granite Effect (in “Light”) which is basically stone-in-a-can. So cool!
The other pieces are all Dulux Duramax Chalky Finish (in “Vintage Charcoal”) with a hint of Dulux Duramax Metallic Finish (in “Rose Gold”).
No lie, I think the super matte look of the Chalky Finish makes it my most favourite spray paint ever!
I’ve painted glass and ceramic in the past and have found it holds up great. Of course, it’s not foolproof (as no paint is) and I wouldn’t suggest scrubbing it with a wire brush or anything, though treated with some care it should be totally fine. That said, if there are any mishaps touching-up the paint is a breeze!
Hope this simple upcycle helps inspire some of your own trash-to-treasure transformations!
If you’d like to save this project for later, feel free to pin the below image.