My next frugal decor tip is a no brainer. Spray paint. It is your best friend when it comes to decorating on a budget. It can transform anything and everything for just a few bucks and the results never cease to amaze me! Here are some tips when it comes to using spray paint:
1. Think Outside the Box. When you enter a thrift store, garage sale or clearance aisle, you need to think outside the box in terms of how you can use something in your home. Don’t focus on the color or even scratched up surface of the object, focus on the shape, size and texture. Everything else can be changed with spray paint. A perfect example is this thrift store owl that I transformed:
2. When it doubt, paint it white. If you have something that you kinda like and just can’t seem to get rid of, but want to give it a new life. Paint it white. White spray paint almost always makes something fresh and clean and modern. And if you don’t like it, just paint it again later. Paint those candlesticks, an old lamp or even a wicker basket white and you immediately have a new, fresh vibe for just a few bucks!
3. Use Spray Paint to Make Statement. If you are feeling really bold, or just want to experiment, think beyond a solid coat of spray paint. Mix it up by taping off stripes or polka dots. I recently did this with a silver frame and it created these modern metallic dots!
4. Use Spray Paint to Introduce Bold Color. Contrary to tip #2, spray paint is a great way to introduce bold color that you might otherwise be a little too chicken to use. Since it’s so inexpensive and easy to paint over, it’s a great way to spice things up in a room. Paint that chandelier bright red or that wicker chair aqua. There are are so many beautiful colors of spray paint these days. I painted an old chandelier this beautiful color of teal and I still love it to this day. It’s the perfect little statement piece.
5. Light Coats are the Key. There are so many more tips I could share, but on a more technical note, when using spray paint, think LIGHT coats. The nice thing is that you can spray on another coat after just about 5-10 minutes. You want to do very light coats to keep from dripping or rippling. Even if it seems like it’s not covering, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Using light coats results in a more durable and professional finish.
Now, go buy a few cans and start transforming your house!