Sometimes all you need is a little Spray Paint

Using Spray Paint to Transform Cheap Items into High End Decor | Colour Saturated Life

One of the quickest and easiest ways you can transform something is with a little paint. I use paint of all sorts on many of my projects……milk paint, acrylic paint, watercolour paint, oil paint, house paint, chalk paint, spray paint & chalkboard paint. I love the transformative powers of paint.

One of the easiest ways to transform projects is with Spray Paint. I am not a fan of using Spray Paint on furniture, though there are a lot of bloggers who seem to use it quite successfully, so there is no reason you can’t, I just personally do not like the results I have achieved. I do however use Spray Paint on a lot of my smaller projects

I transformed an old frame and wood appliques into a unique display for my portrait photography, tutorial here.

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Over Christmas I used a copper spray paint to transform these glass tealights. You can find that project here.

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My recent clock makeover used Spray Paint, you can find that here.

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This lamp I did over with Spray Paint I used black and blue spray paint on the base and the shade I stripped then spray painted with matte black spray paint.

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What I love about Spray Paint is that it can give you a high-end look for less. On a shopping trip my darling daughter fell head-over-heels in L.O.V.E. with a dog statue. She loves everything dog and will stop every dog she meets to pat and talk to them, one day she says she wants to be a Vet, she loves all animals but she is a dog girl through and through. This dog statue she feel in love with had a rather HIGH price tag ($89-149- AUD)….one I was not willing to pay! They don’t sell these Chihuahua’s anymore but they do have similar dog statues, here.


Excuse the bad iphone photo…it was taken on the sly!

So I hunted for a solution, until one day I was in the dollar store when I came across this cheap (and quite tacky) Chihuahua statue.


Now she doesn’t look too bad, but this was after I removed her collar and a tacky sign that said DA-BOSS! She needed a little love…………..and a little Spray Paint. I used Rust-o-leum Spray Paint in Gloss White and gave her 3 light coats. The key to Spray Painting is not being too close to the item you are spray painting and to do light coats so you don’t end up with dripping paint. Here is how she looks now (and a little peak inside my daughters room).

Using Spray Paint to Transform Cheap Items into High End Decor | Colour Saturated Life

Using Spray Paint to Transform Cheap Items into High End Decor | Colour Saturated Life

Using Spray Paint to Transform Cheap Items into High End Decor | Colour Saturated Life

Using Spray Paint to Transform Cheap Items into High End Decor | Colour Saturated Life

Using Spray Paint to Transform Cheap Items into High End Decor | Colour Saturated Life

I also spray painted vintage frames from the op-shop for her gallery wall, including this gold one that now holds original artwork we painted together (but that is a post for another day!).

Using Spray Paint to Transform Cheap Items into High End Decor | Colour Saturated Life

Just in case you were wondering, when I gave her the dog she screamed she was so excited! Mine version cost me less than $30, which was a huge saving on the original.

Have you used Spray Paint to achieve a high-end look?



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  • […] glory and I promise you it only gets louder from here….don’t forget we have the hot pink wardrobe in this room […]ReplyCancel

  • Kyla @HouseOfHipsters - March 18, 2015 - 2:39 am

    I would have never known you did so much with spray paint! HA! I now know your secrets to such a colourful home! And that dog statue? CLEVER!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 12:06 pm

      You know all my secrets now, shhhhhh don’t tell anyone! πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Erin - March 15, 2015 - 3:10 am

    This is such a cute idea. And may I say, I love that painting on the wall of the dog. Oh my!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 15, 2015 - 7:42 pm

      Thanks Erin, it is actually wallpaper I applied to the back of the cabinet πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Last Minute Lynn - March 14, 2015 - 8:06 am

    Love your dog and would love to make one for a chihuahua loving friend. At which dollar store did you find your dog? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 14, 2015 - 9:39 am

      I bought mine in an Australian store called Discounts Galore, not sure where you are as a lot of my readers are from the USA. Good Luck!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Leach - March 14, 2015 - 4:35 am

    Such an adorable project. Thanks for the spray painting tips. I’ve not had good luck with it. I’ll try again!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 14, 2015 - 9:38 am

      Spray Paint can be very hard to work with, but I do like the results when I succeed at it! Good Luck πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Spray Painted Dog Statue - March 13, 2015 - 10:00 pm

    […] Gilly from Colour Saturated Life was shopping with her dog-loving daughter when they spotted an expensive dog statue. Her daughter fell head over heels with the adorable pooch, but Gilly was certainly not dishing out $149 for it! Especially not when she knows the transforming power of paint. Gilly came through for her daughter by making over a Chihuahua statue from the dollar store with spray paint for way less than the hefty price tag. Let’s just chalk this project up as another example of how to use paint to get a high-end look! […]ReplyCancel

  • Jane - March 11, 2015 - 12:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing some wonderful projects on The Makers party. I feel quite inspired!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 12, 2015 - 1:34 pm

      Thanks JaneReplyCancel

  • Dee - March 10, 2015 - 10:57 am

    I’m addicted to paint makeovers, so I enjoyed looking at your projects. I’ve painted laminate furniture with spray paint, but I prefer the flat or matte finish. The dog makeover is awesome, but I can’t believe the cost of the original! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Bharati - March 10, 2015 - 9:16 am

    Love the hot pink dresser and wallpaper. is it a stencil or the wall paper?ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 15, 2015 - 7:45 pm

      Hi Bharati it is a removable wallpaper I bought on Etsy. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - March 9, 2015 - 9:02 pm

    Such amazing talent and style! That little dog looks so adorable, love me some spray paint!
    I would be thrilled if you would stop by my blog and join our link party Something to Talk About.
    Have a great week and hope to see you there.

  • Christine from So Domestically Challenged - March 9, 2015 - 5:46 pm

    My goodness that is one pricey puppy! Great job making it with spray paint! Nicely done πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 9, 2015 - 6:53 pm

      I know! No way I would ever spend that on something that would go out of fashion quickly!ReplyCancel

  • Sage @ Plaster & Disaster - March 9, 2015 - 9:17 am

    Love all these projects, you’re so creative!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 9, 2015 - 6:54 pm

      Oh Sage….that is sooooo sweet, Thanks!ReplyCancel

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