10 Easy Spray Painting Projects

Spray painting is one of the very easiest DIY techniques to spruce up home decor. After brushing up on the basics of spray painting, you might be motivated to grab a can and transform something for your home.  Many home decor experts agree that a fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to freshen up a space.  The great thing about spray paint is that it is perfect for small projects, and gives you a lot of bang for your buck.  Cans of spray paint cost less than $6, and painting small decorative...MORE objects for your home is quick and easy, giving you almost instant gratification for a small price tag.  

Here are ten home accessories that are perfect for spray painting.

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    A Picture Frame

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    Spray Painted Picture Frame. Wendi Dunlap via Flickr Creative Commons

     Unify mismatched picture frames by spray painting them the same color.  Hung as a group, they'd make a statement.  Or, if you're at a garage sale or thrift store and see a sturdy frame for a great price, snap it up immediately.  Picture frames can be expensive when you buy them retail, particularly the large ones.  If you don't like the color of your thrifty find, just grab a can of spray paint.

  • 02 of 10

    A Plastic or Ceramic Animal

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    Plastic Elephant Book Ends. Love Grows Wild

     Here's one of my favorite tricks.  Goodwill and other thrift stores almost always have ceramic animal figurines for sale.  Dollar stores are another great source.  Quite often, though, the animals at these stores are lacking on style.  A quick coat of spray paint, however, transforms these animals into something trendy.  Love Grows Wild made some plastic elephant bookends after unifying them with a great color.  Similarly, Home Made Modern updated a set of bookends, and also gilded an elephant figurine.

    Plastic Elephant Bookends by Love Grows Wild

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    An Initial

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    Gold Initial. Liz Marie Blog

     Paper mache or wooden letters can be purchased at any craft store and customized any number of ways.  The Liz Marie Blog shows you how to treat your initial with the Midas touch.

    Here are 24 other things to make more special with metallic spray paint.

    Gold Initials by Liz Marie Blog

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    A Lamp Base

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    Spray Painted Lamp Base. Home Made Modern

     A lamp is another home accessory that can have a hefty price tag if you're on a budget.  This inexpensive lamp base from Target lacked style, until it was coated with gold spray paint and topped with a square shade. 

    Find more inspiring ways to transform dated lamps here.

    Gold Lamp Base by Home Made Modern

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  • 05 of 10

    A Mirror

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    DIY Outdoor Mirror. Home Stories A to Z

    Sure, you can spray paint mirror frames to use indoors, but this project from Home Stories A to Z goes one step further.  A special mirror-finish paint is used for this project, along with a durable finish for the frame, making this project weather-resistant.  

    DIY Outdoor Mirror by Home Stories A to Z

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    A TV Tray

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    Painted TV Tray. Home Made Modern

     Metal TV trays or even cookie sheets can become decorative accessories with a coat of spray paint.  To give them more style, use stencils or rub-on transfers after the paint has dried. Madigan Made has a great tutorial for how to decorate a painted cookie sheet with washi tape.  

    TV Tray by Madigan Made

  • 07 of 10

    A Door Knob

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    Modern Door Knob with Back Plate. Young House Love

     Cheap brass door knobs or mismatched knobs in the same space can be updated and unified with spray paint.  Thrifty Decor Chick and Young House Love both show what an impact this can have on your home. 

    This is one of five simple swaps that give builder-grade homes a more updated look.

    Door Knob by Thrifty Decor Chick

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    A Light Fixture

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    Spray Painted Light Fixture. Home Made Modern

     Builder-grade brass fixtures are often the first thing to go upon moving into a home; however, you can save money by simply spray painting the brass with a more of-the-moment finish.  Live Love DIY painted hers a creamy white, and The Frugal Homemaker painted over her brass with oil-rubbed bronze.

    Light Fixture by Home Made Modern

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  • 09 of 10

    A Cheap Floral Vase

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    Faux Mercury Glass Vase. Maison de Pax

    Do you have a collection of florists' vases in a cabinet somewhere?  Rachel at Maison de Pax shows you how to transform these cheap vessels into something special with her technique for creating faux mercury glass.  

    DIY Faux Mercury Glass by Maison de Pax

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    A Fan

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    Vintage Fan Makeover. Liz Marie Blog

    Don't be afraid to paint vintage accessories.  This fan wasn't the right color and didn't give off the right vintage vibe for the space, but that didn't stop Liz Marie from seeing its potential.  Check out the before and after on Liz Marie Blog.

    Vintage Fan by Liz Marie Blog