Mad Maine Vintage Shop

This little blog will chronicle my ventures into selling vintage items in a local antique market.
My booth is called Mad Maine Vintage Shop - it features items inspired by a certain popular TV show,
and I am located in lovely Maine. Viva Vintage!



Monday, January 28, 2013

I too Shall Learn How to Spraypaint!

I only popped into a thrift store briefly this weekend, and the pickings were meager (although my better half got himself another pair of downhill skis, so for once HE was happy I dragged him inside).

Anyway, I picked up these three pieces with the sole intention of trying my ways at spraypainting.  I love how several crafty and up-cycling bloggers seem to work so much magic just by spraypainting their rescues.  I too shall now attempt to make three swans out of three 99 cent ugly ducklings!

So, what do you think - should I spraypaint them all white or try some different colors?

 Large metal candle holder
 
 

 Carved wood design organizer


Man tray just waiting to show its softer side.
 
 
I figure since I put the pictures up on my blog, I will actually commit to go through with my spraypainting plans.  Also, I got some inspiration from my son who painstakingly painted his little Pinewood Derby car this weekend, and then went on to win 2nd place in his pack!  Like son, like mother...
 
 
How often to you paint your finds?  Is it generally worth your time?  Any tips?

(Linking up with A Living Space and Young Heart)

23 comments:

  1. Spray painting can give just about anything a new and fun look - I blogged about it in June - http://www.jillslittlebit.blogspot.ca/2012/06/were-painting.html

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  2. I haven't tried to spray paint any items to sell, but I have done a lot of my personal stuff. Don't go cheap, sand if you have to (I rarely do that), always scrub it clean and move fast. And follow the temperature parameters. I have done it when it was too cold and ended up with a sticky mess. I can't wait to see how they come out! And you're right, you blogged about it, now you have to do it!

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    1. Thanks for the temperature caution - well noted here in chilly Maine where my basement is super cold! And yes, I will have to write an update post now that I blogged about it, lol.

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  3. I can't wait to see the finished products! My only spraypainting tip is to do VERY light coats with lots of drying time in between. Otherwise you'll be plagued by drip marks. (Learned that one the hard way. ;)

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    1. Thanks Heather! Noted: very light coats. Would not have done that on my own, too impatient...

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  4. I spray everything white Lol! but that is the fun, you can pick any color you like...There is not wrong color, Love the candle holder!

    Carol

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    1. Oh, you spray everything divine, Carol! You are one of my main inspirations. Like Yoda you are.

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  5. I paint for a living, so it's second nature for me to want to grab the paint to change the look of something.

    Krylon has a lot of pretty colors, but I can't stand thier paint tips. I tend to get better results with RustOleum products. And to be honest, for resale, if your just going black or white the cheap stuff on the bottom shelf at Home Depot/Walmart will work just fine.

    Do not spray in the hot sun and if you get drip marks, just wait a couple of days and sand it down. Several light coats. If you try to spray too much at once the paint will lift.

    Have fun with it.

    Final tip, No huffing.

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    1. LOL - no huffing. Um, ok. Darn.

      Also, wait a couple of days??? Noooo, this is supposed to be a quick project. Darn again.

      Seriously though, thanks for the tips :-)

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  6. You should definitely come share these over at my link up!

    "No huffing", lol.

    I have a bunch of thrifted pieces that need to be painted but I've been procrastinating...

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    1. Link has been shared :-) I know, I LOL-ed after that comment too.

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  7. I love to spray paint stuff!! I especially like to paint them in wild unexpected colors.

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    1. Wild unexpected colors, huh? Sounds like you have better nerves than me...Will have to work up my courage :-)

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  8. I think that you should try some fun pops of color instead of black & white! Of course, depends on whether your keeping or selling them BUT if it was me - I'd paint them something colorful. ;)

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    1. Yes, I do like color. Will probably go white first and then get adventurous...

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  9. These finds are great even without spray painting. White or colour is a tough decision. I am no help. ;) I have three things I want to spraypaint now, but I am a great procrastinator!

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    1. Procrastinators unite! I always see these things that I think would look so great in other colors, but then I never get going :-) But now I have to!

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  10. I heart painting, spray or otherwise! Such an inexpensive and easy transformation. I do try to be choosy with how many 'projects' I bring home otherwise they just become one more thing on the alleged to-do list. Have fun!

    PS There is a thing you can buy to put on your spray paint can that looks like the sprayed handle on a garden hose. Costs about $2 and will prevent trigger finger fatigue.

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    1. Thanks for the tip on the spray handle! That sounds like a good investment for sure! Yes, I also love that it is an inexpensive transformation. Easy? We'll see :-)

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  11. Thanks for all the helpful and fun comments everyone!!!

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  12. I put painted frames in my booth all the time. Crazy colors.......teal, lime, coral.....and people SNAP them UP fast! No joke! Painted sconces too!

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    1. Painted frames, huh? That I think could be even more perfect practice objects. Thanks for the tip! Will try with some beat-up ones I have at home :-)

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