Spray paint can change so much for so little. Below you’ll find some projects that we have been able to do on the cheap with a big impact.
If it seems things have slowed down over here, it’s because we have been knee deep in planning (and saving for) our guest bathroom renovation we know we have coming up. In the meantime, we have been doing little things that haven’t cost an arm or a leg; more just a couple fingers here and there.
Talkin’ bout spray paint today! Things you might be able to use spray paint for to provide a big impact when you’re ballin’ on that budget like us.
LAMPS AND LIGHT FIXTURES
We not only did a lamp for our daughter’s room, but we even did our giant light fixture we have in our bedroom.
Our bedroom light was from eBay and was FREE because they sent it to us WITHOUT the piece that goes around the lightbulbs, but we actually liked it that way and with spray paint, you can’t really even tell! It was ORB so we sprayed a coat of primer and then we sprayed it …. you guessed it. Matte black. We used Rustoleum but actually got it at a discount store so I’m not sure if you can still find this or not, but this is why Amazon is around, right? They have the Krylon brand and their stuff is just as good.
Charlotte’s lamp came from Goodwill and originally white. We sprayed it coral for her nursery and then when we moved her to her big girl room, we sprayed it navy.
knobs and drawer pulls
Speaking of navy, after searching FOREVER for new pulls for her, I finally came across some that I actually liked! BUT they were white and I really wanted navy. So, what’s a girl to do? Spray it! We also changed out the knobs on her bed to match the ones on her dresser. I’m super pumped about the way they turned out.
light switches and covers
I know it’s hard to believe but EVERY light switch in this house was yellow or cream colored which looked *lovely* next to our stark white trim. We did look in to buying all new switches, but because we had so many that quickly added up. With a little bit of painters tape and some construction paper (because I’m professional) we got them from here:
Because switches are something you actually use unless you wanna live Amish-ly, these have begun to chip a bit but honestly, it doesn’t bother me. Maybe when we’re zillionaires we can buy the ones that are white. Who knows? It’s just not something I’m willing to budget for in the current present day.
door hardware, screws, and door knobs
Yep. All of it. The easiest way to spray paint screw heads is by sticking them upright in a piece of styrofoam. That’s using the old noggin’. Since we are embarking upon painting interior doors in this house, we thought we’d do a test run and I was SHOCKED at the difference it made. Obviously, all our door hardware was that brass from the 80s like this:
and what we ended up with was this:
The reality is we very badly want some new door handles all throughout our house but we have approximately 1.7 jillion doors and when you’re talking about $30 a pop for the ones we are really pining after, that’s math I don’t even want to do. However, in the meantime, I’m way okay with what these look like. Don’t worry. I plan on dedicating an entire post to painted doors once they’re all done. It was shockingly easy.
There have been so many other things we’ve spray painted – furniture, ceramic pots/planters, even our fireplace. This isn’t an exhaustive list and this also isn’t a tutorial, but hopefully this will spark some ideas and get that little baby hamster turning on that little baby wheel in your head.
Until then, see ya soon!
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