How To Use Spray Paint for Home Decor

Good morning! I am officially done with school! Yay! How about you? Are you done teaching for the summer or are your kids out of school? Summer time is my time to get some larger projects done at home. We are finishing up a lot of the work in the living room and I am so pleased with how it is turning out! What a huge difference flooring and opening up spaces does to a room. I can’t wait to show you all! I have a few more things to finish up and then it will be ready to go!

How to use spray paint for your home decor

Last week, my favorite blogger, KariAnne, from Thistlewood Farms, blogged about spray painting different items for your home. Please hop over and take a look! I started thinking about all the items I have spray painted. In fact, my mom laughs at me when I say, ‘Just spray paint it!” 🙂 So I thought I would make my own list too. Some of the items are the same as Karianne’s, but most are different. There are just so many options!

1. Frames

I have painted SO many frames!! I find the outdated ones with fancy woodwork on them at the thrift store, take them home and spray paint them. You can paint them any color to match your decor. I have made mine into chalkboards, Christmas decor, or gasp! an actual frame!

pink christmas black frame wall decor

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2. Outdoor Furniture

Spray paint is a great way to refresh our outdoor furniture. The furniture can get faded and worn over time and this revives it. Be sure to clean the pieces well before painting. These Adirondack chairs are plastic and were a hunter green color, so I pulled out my favorite turquoise color and they look great! In fact, I just repainted them a couple of weeks ago! I also used spray paint on the metal furniture. Black is a great basic color and makes them look fresh and clean.

Transitional Back Patio Full view 2015

outdoor patio chair cushions recovered

3. Dishes

I wouldn’t recommend actually using these painted dishes to eat off of, but its great for decor pieces. The pitcher had an 80’s design on it, but a few coats of white spray paint and it is up to date.

spray paint white pitcherspray paint starfish plate

4. Home Decor

Do you have a vase you really like, but the color doesn’t go with your decor? Or find a piece in the thrift store, but it doesn’t match? That’s right! Paint it! This cow was too cute to pass up. A fresh coat of white paint, and she is perfect!

spray paint home decor cow

5. Indoor Furniture

I have painted beds, dressers, chairs and so many other furniture pieces. I usually paint larger pieces by hand. But if the piece is rattan or wicker, spray paint is so much easier. It can get into all the little spaces better than a brush. I used white spray paint on this rattan table for my living room.

spray paint white rattan table

6. Lamps

Again, wicker is so much easier to paint with spray paint. You can also use paint for the base of an outdated table lamp. Put a pretty new shade on it and you are all set.

spray paint silver lamp

7. Wooden Signs

I spray painted the background on this sign and then hand painted the letters. This will work for any piece of wood. On the second sign I added chip letters to form the word ‘Laundry.”

lazy days and lemonade wooden sign potting table

Laundry room letter sign

8. Planters

I made these planters years ago from a concrete block, but I have also painted regular ceramic or plastic flower pots. Spray paint is great for covering any type of surface!

concrete planter stencil succulents

There you go! 8 different ways to use spray paint, and there are so many more! What have you transformed with spray paint? I would love to hear from you! Thank you so much for following along!

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How to Style your Bookshelves

Good morning! How can it be April already? Why is it some days seem so long, but then the months seem to fly by?! We are excited to be heading to Haley’s school this weekend to see the play she is currently stage managing. The school is also performing ‘The Little Mermaid” so we will be going to that one too. It will be busy, but lots of fun.

Today we are talking about bookshelves. Have you ever had a hard time styling your bookcases? Do you use all books or do you display other items as well? I usually do a little of each, but it depends on what room the shelves are in or what the shelves are used for. Here are some tips to help you out!

family room bookshelves full view

*Display what you love!

This is the most important tip! Always display items you love! About a month ago, I reorganized my closet that stores my display items. I pulled out the items I really love and used them on my shelves in my family room. I have many items I could have used, but it was easy to pick out the things I really love or have special meaning to me. I would place those special items on the shelf and then as I pulled out more, I would add them in until I liked the way the shelf looked.

family room bookshelves bottles

*Power of 3…or 5…or any odd number

This is one of the major design rules-use odd numbers. Using odd numbers is pleasing to the eye. Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Sometimes, you can sneak in one more small item and the design will still work, but odd numbers just seem to work better.

family room bookshelves beach platter

family room bookshelves seashore bottle

Here were the same shelves last fall. You can see I used some single items and the other shelves have an odd number of items.

fall family room styled book shelves

*Display items of different heights

Once you have picked your 3  or more items, make sure they are different heights. It is much more pleasing to the eye to have a place for your eye to travel. If some of your items are too similar in height, use books or similar items to lift one of your pieces. Also, when using books, use them both vertically and horizontally.

family room bookshelves whale tail

*Keep your items in similar colors

One more thing to think of is the colors you are using. Again, the shelves will be more pleasing if your items are in similar colors or in the same color scheme. I use lots of neutrals with little touches of turquoise. When using neutrals, you can use any color as an accent. If I took out the turquoise glass float below, I could add in any other color and it would still work.

family room styled bookshelves

*Use Baskets

If your shelves have to hold necessary items, but not necessarily pretty items, use baskets to store them in. Baskets are great for items like remote controls, games and game controllers, DVD’s, paperwork and so much more. the baskets will give the shelves a cleaner and more uniform look. If using several baskets, try to have them similar in color and size to create a more uniform look.

family room bookshelves basket of books

*Texture

One last thing to consider is texture. You can see lots of textures in my family room bookshelves, from burlap to twine to seashells. Texture creates more interest than having all smooth items would.

I also have open shelving in my dining room. Even here, there are different textures. There are starfish, wooden platters, and glass dishes with a raised design. Some of the dishes are smooth and some have a rougher texture. These shelves hold quite a few more items than my family room shelves,  but you can still see how I used different heights to create interest. I used pink as my accent here, but again any color would work.

party tablescape dining room shelves

I hope this gives you some help when you go to style your bookshelves! I wold love to hear how you style your shelves and if you use any of these tips!

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