For those who aren't familiar with the benefits of spray paint, this brief guide is here to inform you about the many advantages these little cans have. Gone are the days when spray paint was solely used to decorate train carriages and public buildings, nowadays it is a favourite among artists, hobbyists, crafters, and up cyclists thanks to the immediate and long lasting results. Below are some examples of spray painted projects.
Starting at the basic end of the spectrum we have a few easy projects that are ideal for those who are just starting out spray painting. Whether this is your first time picking up a spray paint can, or if you're a seasoned professional, these projects should prove to be a cinch.
Tip: Check out our preparation guide before beginning a project to avoid making a mess around your home.
1. Revitalise a lampshade in minutes.
Take any lampshade like the one shown below, and mask off any parts you wish to remain unchanged such as wires and fixtures using masking tape. You might also want to completely mask off the inside of the lampshade to keep it white, as painting it another colour will affect how the light reflects off of it (and ultimately change the ambience of a room).
Once you have masked off the necessary areas, place the lamp in the centre of your preparation zone and apply even coats with your desired colour using horizontal motions, releasing after each movement. Using these short, consistent bursts will ensure even results. Using random, multi-directional strokes can lead to undesired results. (See our technique guide for more details.)
It is worth mentioning that coloured lampshades, especially darker colours, can take two or three layers to completely obscure. For example if you have a black lampshade and want it to be white you'll need to apply a few basecoats at least before applying the final colour. Also, some people will recommend using a primer on metal, but assuming the lampshade will be used inside and isn't extremely dark (black, purple etc.) this isn't usually necessary. Drying times can vary from surface to surface so make sure the paint has set before installing.
Tips: If stripes aren't your thing, an old laced doily can be used to create more complicated patterns.