{tutorial} Refinishing “Junk” with Spray Paint

This is one of the easiest things you can do to change the look of things that others might consider “junk.”  These are desk accessories that had been sitting on my grandpa’s desk for 40 years or so and were ugly and dusty, but not brittle nor falling apart.  I had been thinking about going and buying myself new desk stuff when I thought:  “What if I could spray paint these and use them?”  Some cleaning and $5 later, I had some bright pink file folder holders that I doubt you could find in a store.

Spray paint it new!

Spray paint it new!

It’s amazing what spray paint can adhere to.  I’ve painted plastic, metal, wood and wicker and it all sticks and turns your old crappy stuff into hot new stuff!

Painted wicker file holder used for larger patterns

Painted wicker file holder used for larger patterns

And you don’t just have to use these to store files or papers in!

Ruler storage

Ruler and rotary cutter storage

I also decided that it would be cool to have some colorful thread racks as well!

Before

Before

After

After

And this is how it looks in my sewing room….

Serger thread storage

Serger thread storage

Have fun painting and rejuvenating!

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  • http://sewiststitch.blogspot.co.nz/ Sandra

    Good job – great colours for a sewing room!

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thanks, Sandra!