It time for another confessional round of “Oh spray paint how I love thee.” If you are unfamiliar with my continuing love affair with spray paint (found here and here), let me catch you up. I began this infatuation later in life when I discovered another way to avoid always buying new. A little can of spray paint works wonders.
There is nothing quite like the ease and instant improvement of spray paint. With our full house renovation underway, I’ve found surprisingly new things to spray paint. When we purchased the house we planned for a complete gutting. For the most part this has been true, but spray paint has definitely helped salvage a few items. Gotta love improvements and upgrades that don’t break the bank.
The whole bathroom was just gross when we moved in. With a new toilet, vanity, tile floor, shower, and hardware, our budget for the bathroom was spent. However, when it came to the medicine cabinet we took a pause. This was the medicine cabinet we were left with.
Besides the overall ewww factor, there was a good amount of rust that was even more visible in person. The front mirror of the cabinet was in good shape, so we knew that meant it might be salvageable.
Behold the perfect candidate for a quick spray paint makeover!
I started with tape, lots and lots of tape and craft paper.
I even cut open a trash bag and taped it above the cabinet to create a small spray painting cubby. After protecting the new vanity and floor with drop cloths, I was ready for spray paint.
It feels like a new cabinet. Even though it took some prep, it was still less work than installing a brand new cabinet, not to mention much cheaper.
Oh but that’s not all. I broke out the white spray paint again for our ceiling fans.
Now I know ceiling fans are not super pricy when you compare redoing a kitchen or bath, but ceiling fans seemed to be the perfect place to save a few bucks.
After the popcorn ceilings were scraped and right before they were re-textured, I took the opportunity to spray paint all the fans white.
All 3 fans in the bedrooms were brownish, which looked outdated and didn’t really jive with my color scheme. Plus the worn pull cord strings and wicker decorated blades needed an upgrade.
Hopefully the new facelift will help the fans fade into the ceiling. We also decided to take off the light kits and turned the blades upside down to hide the wicker. (Spray painted white wicker still looks like wicker on your ceiling fans.)
A beautiful statement light might ultimately be a better design choice. But until we get air conditioning, these ceiling fans are an absolute must where we live. For now camouflage is my best option.
Speaking of lighting, spray paint can make a budget friendly light look a little more customized. I found this idea on Pinterest via Kojo Designs which I loved immediately. I just wanted a different look than copper. Hello oil rubbed bronze!
Ikea Ottava pendant lights all prepped for their color change.
By the way, if you try this at home, DO NOT use packing tape to cover the hanging cord. I spent way too long trying to clean off the rough adhesive, all because I was too lazy to go buy blue tape. Ugh!
After a few light coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint, the pendants fit right in with the kitchen.
You gotta LOVE spray paint!
Oh, and there are so many spray painting projects waiting in the wings. Like picture frames, plastic bins and our mailbox. Can you believe this is what the previous owner rigged up? Or really can you believe that we have been living with this in front of our house for the past 4 months?!
I can’t wait to get that chain-link fence and rust contraption torn down. Off to go buy some more spray paint!