These cool spray paint effects add a fun twist to your home decor crafts! Learn the exact technique to create 3 easy and fun spray paint designs.
We all know that spray paint is a great way to transform any basic simple item.
One swoosh of spray paint in your favorite color and any boring and outdated piece gets a whole new life!
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When I came across the new spray paint brand called COLORSHOT, I had to try it because the colors looked amazing! I tried “Lucky Penny” on the knob of the Ikea Tarva Nightstand makeover. And I was seriously impressed with their spray can.
I have been slowly updating my office and adding colorful decor on a shelf was on my list to do and the pretty colors from COLORSHOT were exactly what I needed!
Oh! And did you notice the cool names for each color? “Farmer’s daughter”, “Island Girl”, “Head in the clouds”, “Silver Lining”… I could go on about those fun names and gorgeous colors…
Let’s get back to the shelf. I picked up a few plain white items from Ikea and got to adding color!
To add character to the shelf, I decided to use 3 cool spray paint effects –
- The drip effect
- The crackle effect
- The gradient effect
Preparing to spray paint –
The items I collected to add to my shelf were –
- A metal can
- A little plastic pot with a faux plant
- A metal vase
- Bare pine wood plaque and cutout
- A ceramic cactus
Once I had them together, I realized, I had a pretty good variety of materials.
To prepare them to spray paint –
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- Wiped down all of them with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust.
- Sprayed everything except the ceramic cactus with 2 coats of white Primer.
Once, the primer was dry, which is only about an hour, I went ahead and played with the colors and spray paint techniques!
Cool Spray Paint Effects
How to create a gradient effect with spray paint –
This is the easiest and probably the most popular spray paint effect. It is also called the Ombre effect and it is very easy to get using spray paint.
You hold the can on one side of the item and spray a mist of spray paint in your favorite color.
The ceramic cactus from Ikea got a splash of Farmer’s Daughter from the top.
How to create a drip effect with spray paint –
You know how you are supposed to keep your arm moving from side to side to avoid drips?
Well, this is the exact opposite of that!
The key here is to make sure you use quick short burst. It takes about 30 seconds for the drips to form and start moving. If your bursts are too long, the drips get really messy!
How to create a crackle effect with spray paint –
Now, this is a fun way to add personality to your spray painted project.
Once the metal can was sprayed with an even coat of Cosmo, I immediately wrapped it with plastic wrap, left it for about a minute and removed it!
Just two things to remember –
- Be sure to wear nitrile gloves when you do this because you don’t want to get the paint on your hands.
- Make sure the plastic wrap doesn’t slide over the object as you apply it or remove it or it will mess up the effect!
Metallic Spray Paint –
I used Silver Lining to paint the little plastic pot to add a little bit of “bling” to the shelf. The silver is nice and shiny!
And that is how this fun and colorful shelf came together! Everything has their own personality and I love the way they add color to my office space!
Yes, that is a real plant in my pink can and I am keeping my fingers crossed for it 🙂
Spray Paint Colors and other products used –
Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"