If you’re looking for a new project or to spruce up some of your old decorations, a popular activity is spray painting. Below are some tips from True Value that will help you get the job done right. If you are looking for some ideas, check out the Carr Pinterest.

Step 1. Pick Your Paintable Holiday Decorations

If you’re decorating on a budget or you want to make a creative holiday statement, almost anything can be refreshed, revitalized or remade with a dusting of spray paint. Holiday decorating ideas using spray paint include:

  • Pine cones – A few pinecones can be covered with metallic spray paint and used to anchor a colorful and festive table centerpiece with natural greenery.
  • Artificial wreaths, fruit and trees – Do you have any old and tired-looking wreaths or artificial fruit collecting dust in the attic? Revitalize these items with sparkly or frosty spray paint and give them new life.
  • Tea lights – Create custom tea lights by painting plain ones to match or complement your interior décor. Place them on mantels, tables and windowsills for added glow and warm ambiance.
  • Candlesticks – Old, beaten up candlesticks can be renewed with a coat of paint to match your new dining table centerpiece.
  • Picture frames and mirrors – If you have seasonal artwork you decorate with during the season, consider painting frames for an additional holiday touch. The same goes if you have an old mirror with a frame that’s seen better days. Touch it up with a coat of metallic gold or silver spray paint.
  • Pots and planters – Pots and planters can be turned into perennial holiday favorites with spray paint in the color or colors of your choice.
  • Ornaments – Give new life to used, beaten up, or outdated ornaments for your tree.
  • Old lamps or light fixtures – Lamps and light fixtures that have seen better days can be brought back to life with a fresh coat of spray paint.

Step 2. Prepare for Painting

If you don’t have a designated workshop, find another area to work in, such as the garage. Work in a well-ventilated space since fumes from spray paint can be very potent in an enclosed area — working in an open garage or outside offers the best ventilation.

Safety Alert!

Never spray paint near extreme heat or an open flame. Spray paint is flammable and can ignite.

If you have to work inside, open a nearby window to ventilate the room and cover your work space table and floor with plastic sheeting or drop cloths. Use painter’s tape to mask any areas of the item that you don’t want painted.

Remember to properly clean and repair items before painting. Paint doesn’t adhere to dirt or damaged areas. Use a sponge or cloth with mild detergent and water to wipe dust and grime off the items and then allow them to dry. Some items may need to be lightly sanded before painting for better paint adhesion.

Step 3. Spray Paint

Consider how you want the finished piece to look. Aerosol paints come in flat, semi-gloss or high-gloss finishes. Also, take some time to think again about the color you want and how the color will work with the rest of your holiday décor. Shake a can of True Value XO-Rust aerosol paint and primer in-one vigorously for a couple of minutes before painting. Remove the lid and align the nozzle so that it is pointing in the direction you will be painting. Hold the can at the top and use your index finger to depress the nozzle. Spray on a coat of XO-Rust paint and primer in-one. Hold the can about 8” to 12” from the object you’re painting and keep the can moving to avoid excess paint that can drip. Moving your hand in a steady, sweeping motion provides the best results. Apply several light coats.

Helpful Tip

For best results, apply a second coat of paint within an hour of applying the first coat.

Safety Alert!

Wear gloves and safety glasses when using spray paint to avoid contact with skin and eyes.
Step 4. Clean Up

Pick up any drop cloths or plastic sheeting that you used to protect your table and floors. Dispose of used spray paint cans appropriately. Check your local municipality’s regulations on disposing of paint and other potentially hazardous materials. Next, if you used painter’s tape to mask, remove it at a 45-degree angle to avoid removing any fresh paint. Remember that the longer it stays on, the harder it is to remove.

Helpful Tip

After using spray paint, tip the can upside down and depress the nozzle for a few seconds until paint stops coming out. Next, wipe off the nozzle with a cloth. This helps prevent the nozzle from being clogged the next time you use the can.

Congrats! You’ve used spray paint to make your holiday decorating creative and inspired.

For more tips and tricks, visit your local Carr Hardware and ask an expert today.

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