Essence of DIY: Updating the Old (with spray paint)

I have this thing with gold … spray paint.

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So much ugly happening here.

Spray paint is the most magical tool. When I first began cleaning out for the home office makeover, I realized I had lots of office things, they were just kind of blah and needed a refresh. 

I had trays, paper clip holders, jars — they were all just tired — and most of them had car-related logos and things on them because they were all from my dad’s collection (he’s an insurance appraiser). So rather than buy all new things, I decided to update things to match the room I was designing …  with gilded gold spray paint.

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While I think all of the golds do a great job, my favorite is the gold Rust-O-Leum Metallic spray paint. It’s extra gold. 

Some of the first things I worked on were those Jell-O paper clips holders, the jar with the wood top (seen above) and the plastic trays. The only trick to spray painting plastic is to *sand* before you start! Otherwise, it will likely chip.

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  • I used 120 grit sandpaper just to rough things up a little. I completely removed the Jell-O logos with the sandpaper. Everything else I just kind of roughed up. 
  • In a well-ventilated area, be sure to wear gloves, and a mask before you spray. 
  • Shake the can really well.
  • I applied 2 coats to each of these pieces and …..

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The trays have folders! Wahoo!

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The golden jar has matching thumbtacks, and the clip holders have golden paper clips and binder clips. (more on this chair later)

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Gold paper clips, gold thumb tacks, gold binder clips (pink + blue clips and their containers, both Target)

See, I told you. Spray paint is magical!

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