Thursday, October 3, 2013

A simple spray paint project and my new favorite tool

Updating a Shelving Unit

I'm a spray painter by heart as you can tell by some of my favorite projects here, here and here. I mean, how can't you love spray paint? It's a simple way to update a piece to match your decor, or give it that little extra oomph.

As one of my last updates for our living room (but not final), I finally got around to painting our shelf/mirror/bulletin board /key holder thing that we have by our back door...

New LR Rug Hero
Shelf Before

...yeah, I don't really have a name for this thing, but we love it. We've brought this shelf-thing along with every single move to every single new apartment or house (reminder: that's 10 moves in 7 years), and I'm not about to leave it behind now just because it was the wrong color.

And I can't pass up an excuse to spray paint something.

Shelf Spraypaint
Shelf Spraypaint 2
Shelf Stripes 2

So a quick 3 coats of spray paint and some pretty mint stripes later and our favorite shelf-thing got a new life!

Shelf After

And during this spray paint expedition, I found my new FAVORITE tool. Lots of spray painting can mean for a very sore pointer finger, but not with this bad boy. For under $10, I got this kick-butt spray painting grip that helps the process go sooo much easier. Less cramping = more painting. Love it.

Spray Paint Grip

HOW did I not know about this thing sooner? Have y'all been using this for years and I just jumped on the bandwagon? Or is this a new thing?

And what do you think about my latest spray paint project?

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  1. It looks great! Oh what a little paint can do! I found my spray paint tool a few mos back and will never go w out it again!!!!!
    Xo lauren

  2. I love it! The striped bulletin board looks great with the white shelf!

  3. It looks so much better in your room. And I LOVE the idea of the stripes on the cork board!

  4. What a great redo! Fits the room so well now :) Thank you for linking up to the Making Monday link party this week and hope you come back. I'm linking this to the party pin board!

  5. I love that you striped the cork board. Looks awesome!

  6. That's a great, easy, inexpensive transformation for your little shelf. I'm loving your green walls and how your room looks with the gray and white. Thanks for sharing this post at our Making Monday link party. We appreciate you. Have a fabulous weekend.

  7. That's awesome! For your next spray painting project, consider the Preval Sprayer. Sprays almost any kind of paint, stain, varnish, ink, dye and thousands of more liquids. Preval can be used for just about any do-it-yourself project. And you can mix your own color to match your well-decorated rooms :)

  8. Where did you find that living room rug and curtains?? That's exactly what I've been looking for!!

  9. What a great transformation!! And great tip about that spray painting helper handle... I have seen them but never tried it myself. I love the fresh colour scheme in your living room too- so pretty and bright!! Thanks so much for sharing it at Work it Wednesday this week!! Hope to see you back tomorrow:)
    ~Krista from the happy housie