When we moved into this house three years ago I claimed what had been the formal dining room as my office and craft room. This was the only room in the house that was completely new. Yes, I had a desk but we had no additional furniture for the room. We’ve slowly been working on the room. We purchased awesome hutches and last year we got new desks and a storage cube. Now I am ready to take the final plunge and make this room awesome. I have decided I want to go with a simple gold theme. I am keeping the dark blue rug, but I want to be mostly neutral with the rest of the room. I had a pink trash can and pencil holder that just were not going to work with the new scheme but I was not ready to buy brand new ones, they were perfectly fine! So I grabbed a can of Krylon Metallic Gold spray paint and went to town.
When you’re looking to paint items in your home take a second to consider how well the paint will stay. I like to paint items that are accent pieces and not too large, and items that if I ruined them, would be ok. I purchased these accessories on clearance and really could live without them if they don’t turn out well. I also like to pick items that don’t get touched too much and don’t have moving parts. (That’s why I skipped the scissors and hole punch.) These items were the perfect candidates. Don’t have anything to paint? Check out a thrift store, yard sale, or other resale. Ask your friend and family if they have old metal office accessories, chances are somebody, somewhere, is still holding on to the 70’s. Not metal? Plastic and wood are ok too. With wood make sure it’s sanded if its not finished or else it won’t look smooth.
As with any spray paint project find a nice spot outside out of the wind. I like to lay paper down so that my grass isn’t colored for a week or two. (If it’s too windy for paper it’s probably too windy to paint.) Shake well and keep the tip at least a 8 inches from the object. If you can see the paint puddle up on the object you’re too close. You will be able to see it later and it will be likely to chip. Instead of heavy close sprays do quick passes to give a light coat. I like to do this process in three steps. First I set the items up and do my first passes.
This is the longest step and where most of the painting happens. I then go in the house for 20 minutes and come out for another pass. If the surface still needs more I go again, if not I will place it on its side or upside down and do another angle. Depending on what you’re doing you may not need to do the bottom at all. For these items I needed to do the curves of the bottom to ensure the pink was gone. I then go back in and come back out one more time for a last coat. Be sure to remove any grass that blows onto the items so that it does not get painted on.
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