All You Need is Love (and Spray Paint)

I’m so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple– we each took an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transformed it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Amanda | The Kolb Corner  Chelc| Inside the Fox Den  Erlene | My Pinterventures  Kim | Made in a Day  Sara | Twelve on Main  Emily | Two Purple Couches  Shirley | Intelligent Domestications  Marie | DIY Adulation  Lindsay | Crazy Organized  Michelle | Our Crafty Mom  Julie | Live From Julie’s House  Debra | Shoppe No. 5  Dru | Polka Dot Poplars  Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles  Pili | Sweet Things  Channell | Hobnail House  Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek  Ann | Duct Tape and Denim  Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea  Sherry | Savvy Apron  Stacy | Anastasia Vintage


All you need is LOVE (and spray paint)

I’m always impressed with amazing thrift store redesigns. Turning something ugly into something gorgeous at a fraction of store price is definitely a skill. Unfortunately it’s never been my strongest skill, but finding easy ways to do things IS a skill! So I’m excited to show you how a simple can of spray paint can do. It can transform an ugly unappealing thrift store item into an awesome decorative addition to your home … for both inside and outside the home!

I was in need of decorations for both an indoor and outdoor coffee table. Inside: decorative glass balls for a clear bowl for our guest room. Outside: a large candle lantern for our roof deck patio. I found both at Goodwill. While both items were fine on their own, neither matched the color scheme I was going for in either room. That’s the amazing thing about spray paint. You no longer have to worry about what color an item is so sky’s the limit on what you can select!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

The spray painting technique was the same for both items (see more about that below), but the ‘props’ I used varied for both. Anything round, such as the glass balls, can be difficult to spray paint.  So I propped them up with an empty egg carton. Placing a garbage bag underneath ensured that I wouldn’t make a mess with the spray paint. To spray paint the lantern, I placed it in a cardboard carton from Costco laying a garbage bag inside.

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

A couple coats of blue spray paint on the outdoor lantern and gold & silver spray paint for the indoor glass balls completely transformed these simple thrift store items into the affordable home decorations!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Yes, spray painting is literally THAT easy. Here’s my top tips.

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Top 10 Spray Painting Tips

  1. What can I spray paint, you ask? ALMOST anything …. wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramic, mirror, glass, plaster, concrete, terra cotta, canvas, laminate, and particle board.
  2. You can never shake your spray paint can enough. Shake the can for a minute, then shake it again for another and also shake it while you are spraying.
  3. The ideal temperature for spray painting is between 65 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooler is better with no humidity. 
  4. Several lighter coats of spray paint are better than fewer longer coats. Yes, it may take longer to spray paint your item, but you’ll avoid dripping.
  5. Each coat should dry to touch in 30 minutes, 1-2 hours to handle and 24 hours to be fully dry. Patients is key 🙂 .
  6. Keep the spray can 10-16″ away from the item you’re spray painting. If you hold the can further away, the paint can start to dry before reaching the surface which will create an uneven look. 
  7. Shake shake shake! (It’s the single most important thing you can do to successfully spray paint so it’s worth mentioning again!)
  8. It’s hard to prevent the nozzles from leaking so the easiest way to fix is to hold on to spray paint nozzles even after the can is finished. Then you’ll have a stash of nozzles to swap out if one gets clogged.
  9. I typically don’t use a topcoat when spray-painting because the majority of items I paint are decorative. But if I’m spray painting something that might get a little bit more wear and tear, then a top coat is always a good option. My go to is Rust-Oleum Clear Gloss Spray Paint
  10. Placing your item inside a cardboard box with a garbage bag underneath is a great way to contain the paint to one area!  

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

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15 Comments

  1. April 14, 2016 / 11:12 am

    What great tips! I’ve never spray painted anything, but now I feel confident to try it out. And your pieces came out AWESOME!

  2. April 14, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Spray paint does wonders, doesn’t it? You’ve got a great list of helpful tips for using it.

  3. April 14, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    I love your spray painting tips. I do not spray paint well, now I know why.

  4. April 14, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    I do love the transformation that spray paint can achieve. I can’t believe you found that lantern at a thrift store!

  5. April 14, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    I love spray paint too. Paint is such an affordable way to change things up and it made your thrift items look brand new!

  6. April 15, 2016 / 1:21 am

    Your finds turned out pretty!! I love using spray paint, it is so fast and the stuff looks high end, no brush strokes anywhere

  7. April 15, 2016 / 4:49 am

    Cute projects!I love transforming something with a can spray paint. 🙂

  8. April 15, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    I’m a lover of spray paint as well. It really does transform something from shabby to chic in just a few sprays. Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Fridays. 😉

  9. April 16, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Great tips Lindsay! Love your upcycled pieces too. Pinning!

  10. April 17, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Lindsay, isn’t it amazing what a coat of paint can do! I will never look at those balls the same in thrift stores…and I will be looking 😉 Love how your projects turned out.

  11. April 20, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    I love seeing what a simple coat of paint can do 😉 I love how your makeovers turned out – especially that outdoor lantern! So cool!

  12. April 21, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Spray paint rocks! What a difference — the after is so much better! 🙂

  13. Jim hughes
    July 30, 2016 / 12:19 am

    I turn everything upside down for the first coat so I get all those pesky areas that Would get missed otherwise.

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      August 18, 2016 / 9:49 am

      Great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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