Lately I have not been one to splurge on random things, but this month I felt like buying just a few things for myself (and the blog) before the holiday season. This will be the first holiday in a while that I am not working or overseas, so before the holiday rush begins, I might as well treat myself. Well while perusing the aisles of Target (I ended up doing this twice so far this week), I saw the cutest baskets that were marked at $16.99. I wanted them, because I am a fan of gold and rose gold pieces, but I didn’t want to spend the money. Thankfully I have some $5 baskets I picked up a few years ago from Urban Outfitters and thought it would be more cost efficient to spray paint them the color I want. This is an easy trick to match similar styles you see in the store without having to pay extra for them. Did I do them in gold? No, I decided to go with a metallic copper color instead, which worked out great. So here is how I achieved my copper version.
Step 1) Gather your supplies! You will need:
- Wipes to clean to surfaces of your pieces.
- The pieces. I chose a square wire basket in a burnt orange color, a hand towel rack, and a Q-tip holder.
- Painters tape.
- Spray paint (in color desired) I used the Devine Color Spray Paint by Valspar - Metallic Copper Metallic Finish for $7.99
- Clear coat (not pictured).
Step 2) Clean your items. This will make sure the spray paint will adhere to the piece and not the gross stuff that might be attached to it.
Step 3) Place your painters tape; covering any parts you do not want painted. If you are doing glass, then make sure you cover the whole glass with either tape or a combination of newspaper and tape. This will save you from scraping later and possibly scratching the glass. It can also serve as a guideline if you want to do stripes or patterns. I ended up doing this step, but then realized I messed up and painted the whole thing.
Step 4) It’s time to paint. Make sure you spray at the proper distance in order to avoid dripping paint. You will have to do a few layers before your object is covered; go by the recommended drying time that is stated on your can.
Step 5) Time to clear coat! This is the most important step. This will insure the spray paint will stay in place and act as a protective layer to the elements. It will also help with not having color transference onto other items or yourself.
See like I said, it is really easy to transform your old pieces into shiny new ones. You should be able to find most of these items at Target, with exception of the clear coat spray. You should be able to find this at one of your local hardware stores or maybe a craft store. You can even add other decorative flares such as twine, fabric bags, or whatever else to personalize it to your taste. If you are going to add twine or fabric, then make sure to use a fabric glue or Mod Podge so it will stay put.
Since I already had most of the items at home, I didn't spend extra to purchase them. The only new thing I bought was the can of spray paint which was only $8. So instead of buying these items for more, I was able to keep that extra cash in my bank account.
Want to see what I picked up at Target? Stay tuned tomorrow, November 9th, for my haul.