10 Unexpected Uses for Spray Paint

From shoes to fans to vinyl upholstery, there are so many surprising items to color—and revive—with a can of spray paint.

  1. The Power of Spray Paint



    DIYers already know that a little spray paint can work magic on an old piece of furniture, but we found a variety of other items that could benefit from a quick and easy makeover using this inexpensive, do-it-all coating. The best part? Some of these small jobs can help you get rid of half-used cans of spray paint that have been taking up space on the garage shelf since your last project.

  2. Vinyl Revitalized


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    You've covered many a metal or plastic item with spray paint, but have you considered vinyl? When reupholstering isn't in the budget, get creative with spray paint. Check out the tutorial here.

  3. Reawakened Wicker



    Wicker furniture can quickly show signs of wear and tear, especially if it's used outdoors. The easiest way to get wicker looking new again is a once- (or twice-) over with a can of spray paint. With a variety of colors to choose from, you can make the newly spruced up furniture an integral part of your decor.

    Related:  How to Care for Wicker

  4. Fan Blade Brilliance

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    Transform something as mundane as a fan into an eye-catching decorative element by spray-painting the blades. Use one color—or even three, if that suits your style. Just make sure the blades are dust-free before spraying them down.

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  5. Revved Up Rug



    Whether you're trying to replicate the look of a pricier rug or just hoping to give a second life to one that's been well-trod, spray paint can get the job done. Pick a pattern, create some stencils, and go crazy.

    Related:  How To: Stencil a Floor

  6. Snazzy Sneakers



    Who knew that a simple can of spray paint would be the clever solution for tired hand-me-down gym shoes or a stained pair of white sneaks? With the proper attire—mask, gloves, and old clothes—even a kid can nail this project.

    Related:  5 Kid-Friendly DIY Projects

  7. Flatware With Flair


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    A colorful update to old or mismatched flatware can bring playful style to your tablescape at your next dinner party. Be sure to use food-safe spray paint, or plan on using these painted pieces for decoration only.

    Related:  14 DIY Projects That Make Good Use of Old Stuff

  8. Fireplace Finesse



    Does your brass fireplace screen seem a little blah? Slap on some spray paint to give your screen an attitude adjustment. The new look will probably inspire some creative changes for the mantel and hearth too.

    Related:  10 Accessories for the Fashionable Fireplace

  9. Glammed-Up Glass Bottles

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    For a low-effort, low-cost decorative touch, pick up a few interestingly shaped glass bottles at the thrift store and then dress them up with spray paint. Choose colors to match your decor or complement seasonal decorating themes.

    Related:  10 Wreaths for Autumn Decorating

  10. Decorative Doorknobs

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    Painting the front door a fun color is a popular way to add a WOW! to your entry. If you're looking to make an impact that isn't quite as loud, try spray-painting the doorknob and hinges instead. This is also a simple way to coordinate mismatched doorknobs throughout a space.

    Related:  Painting the Front Door

  11. Basket Beauties



    Whether leftovers from a gift basket or too-good-to-pass-up thrift-store finds, baskets can be made modern with a healthy dose of spray paint. Bonus: You can easily update them with a new coat whenever you redecorate.

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