Spray paint is the best medicine.
Okay we aren’t prescribing oral ingestion of the stuff, but if you want to quickly transform something for a fabulous upcycle mood booster then spray painting can be a very satisfying option.
There is a time and a place for
meticulous prep work, undercoats and waxing and then there are also times when your mental health needs a bit of spray paint therapy.
This is our list of copper spray paint upcycling ideas for just those times.
Because it is the hue of the moment isn’t it? And it gives everything such a luxe looking finish!
This first project suggestion is for your kitchen.
This has got to be one of the more daring spray paint projects we’ve seen and we think it turned out amazing!
Savvy Apron turned this old uninspiring looking kitchen-aid mixer into a super expensive looking copper addition to any modern kitchen – with just spray paint!
This is a super well thought out project by Within the Grove. It involves using a hexagon bird feeder and some copper spray paint to make a super trendy looking succulent centrepiece.
We love this makeover of an Ikea Antilop Highchair.
The Antilop is probably the cheapest and most widely used highchair out there.
But doesn’t this one look so unique and personal with its spray painted copper legs and updated cushion cover?
Well done to Sarah from Of the Moon who’s project this is! Unfortunately it looks like Sarah's blog is no longer live so we can't link directly to it - boo!
If you know of someone else who has a tutorial for this do let me know, but as the legs for these highchairs come out it looks like it is just a simple spray paint job - albeit having to deal with a curved surface!
This is one of my tutorials.
I used two colours of Kobra spray paint to transform this rusty old garden chair that was found by a bin years ago.
I highlighted the legs with copper which I think really brings out the teal blue base colour. A bit friendlier and more fun than doing it all in copper.
We love the idea of updating your radiators with copper spray paint.
This involves some forward thinking though.
could probably do this with the radiators in situ (albeit with a lot of taping and dust sheets!), but this is probably best done before you actually install your radiators.
If you are looking to go with handmade and upcycled for gift giving this year, you can steal this idea from Plastikote.
Just spray paint an old wooden crate in copper and fill it with homemade goodies for your friends and family.
They’ll thank you for the pretty box as much as the treats inside!
This is another great IKEA Hack. This time from Lulus Fresh Spaces.
They’ve used an inexpensive IKEA pendant light with Matte spray paint for the top and metallic spray paint underneath.
They have used gold here but we think copper would pack a bit of an extra punch.
Dainty Diaries have this fun video where she has spray painted a few random objects from around her home including plain old tin cans and my favourite, these mason jars that can be used as vases.
This is a fab tutorial all about how to spray paint hardware (i.e.
cabinet knobs and drawer pulls).
The examples given are not specifically copper but all you have to do is switch out for a can of copper spray paint and use exactly the same techniques.
Not sure which spray paint to choose for your copper spray paint project? I found this great post by Jennifer Maker who has tested a range of them for us!
It's worth a read!
BonuS: Pineapple Spray Paint Project
Photos: Upcycle My Stuff
This project is another one of mine. Just a fun quick one.
This pineapple was bought from a charity shop – it’s actually a battery powered night light!
I wasn’t after a night light though, I bought it for the shape and to get a piece of pineapple decor on the cheap.
Kobra Copper Spray Paint. I did my spraying outside and I did two coats.
It doesn’t have to be a pineapple of course. You can have a look in your garage or loft and find any old plastic toys, lamps or other objects that have a desirable shape and bring them back to life with spray paint.
I think this little guy fits in rather well in his new home.
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