I wish I wrote this post long before young ruffians broke into our garage and used my favorite red spray paint to write obscenities on the trunk of our car and then used some crack sealer to seal the garage door and effectively keep us out for several days. (Nice, huh?) Luckily, nothing major was taken or damaged. Oh, and thanks for checking to make sure our fire extinguisher works and in the process covering the contents of our garage in a fine dust. We thank you for all your effort. FYI, if you should ever need to remove spray paint from your car this product should be your new best friend. It did not leave the trunk in perfect shape but the trunk already needed repairs- a tire exploded in the trunk and left it slightly raised and looking, as my partner describes, “like the baseball cap trend where people wear their hat above their foreheads.” Gosh, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. Fun stuff over here.
Many months ago, I discovered the pleasure of spray paint, specifically that it’s cheap, easy to use, and comes in lots of cool colors! I’m not the craftiest of persons and spray paint allows me to get my craft on without epic fails. This pseudo-crafty world I’ve created makes me feel as if I’ve entered the DIY ranks of Pinterest, and it has given me the courage to dream big (far, far too big. My fat head is exploding) – I too can reupholster chairs and turn junk into beautiful, useful items. I too can DIY the ugly right out of my life. Pinterest I’m coming for you! And yet, when my fat head comes back to reality and I realize that I don’t have the time or patience to F-up my junk any more than it already is, I still have spray paint to satisfy my DIY cravings. This magical can of paint is like the Holy Grail, bringing new life into the most decrepit of things. I’ve gone trigger happy and am on a fun crusade to add color into my life. Natural wood?! Pshaw! Who needs it?! (Just kidding, natural wood, let me count the ways how much I love thee…)
So, if you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas, maybe grab a can of spray paint? It’s amazing how quickly a coat of paint can turn something from blah to wow. Those fine folks at the spray paint factory have created paints that can cover just about any material so you’re only limited by your imagination. I spray painted an old magazine rack my favorite apple red. Come spring, I plan to stencil a turquoise fleur de lis on it and fill it with flowers. I brought new life into a fish-shaped toilet paper holder for the kids’ nautical bathroom. I’ve even spray painted clothespins back in the potty training phase when my toddler used them to hold up her clothes. But here are my two favorite spray paint projects:
Crates: Crates are fun to paint and the sky’s the limit with use -they work great in kitchens, kid’s rooms or play areas, bathrooms, living rooms, truly everywhere! I painted crates to contain stuffed animals, which works great because the kids can play zoo or pet store or any number of sad tales of animals behind bars. Crates are cheap and easy to fill. Simply buy a crate, spray paint it fun colors, and then fill it with something cool. How about firewood, a cozy blanket, and cocoa mix? So nice! Or fun spa stuff like oversized, monogrammed towels or cozy bathrobes, bubbles, candles, and more! Or what about a movie night crate full of cozy pajamas (or matching if that’s your thang), several movies, popcorn, and candy? Or fill it with books, toys, or fruit, because who doesn’t want a crate full of fruit? What about spray painting a crate this fun turquoise color (same color that’s in the picture above) and then stenciling fruit, gear, or toys on it? (Swoon)
Books: The kids have lots of books and we have multiple baskets and bookcases to contain them, but we wanted an additional storing solution where the kids could see the books more easily and we could also keep special books out of reach of the littlest of hands. So we bought several spice racks from Ikea and spray painted them red to fit with the ladybug/bumblebee theme of the girls’ room. A spray painted spice rack would also work great in a bathroom, closet, or entryway. Paint it a dreamy color and fill it with spa fun and wrap it in a giant bow. Or fill is with spices, books, or knickknacks. We had slight problems putting them up, which I think had more to do with our old house and the width of studs, but if you’re giving them as gifts you may wish to include a coupon for installing them. Here are one and two posts on toddler book ideas if you want to fill the rack with books as a gift.
I don’t have too many spray painting tips, still finding my way. But I will mention that it takes time and quite a bit of spray paint to sufficiently cover items. You don’t want to apply too much spray paint or apply it too closely to the object because the excess will drip or bubble (it helps to practice with scrap wood). Also, crates have lots of nooks and crannies and take extra time to cover. I covered all visible surfaces, dried it completely, and then turned the crate to spray the nooks and crannies sufficiently, and then had to repeat the process again. Final tip, you may not want to leave the spray paint in your garage. If spray paint no longer sounds fun (but it is!), you could also stain the wood. My sister stained a crate (she wiped it on and then immediately wiped it off and then cleaned it with a paper towel before using). She filled the crate with Christmas books, as you can see in the links above, and also with a lantern, below. Super cute!