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Paint Anything Guide

Need to give something new life on a budget? Do it with paint! Follow this guide for adding a fresh coat of paint to almost any material.

 Bedroom and hallway paint projects overall
 Spray-painted metal bowls

Paint Metal

Supplies:

  • Wire brush
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Paint triangles
  • Rags
  • Rubber gloves

Prep:
Use a wire brush to remove loose paint. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry immediately. If rust is present, spot-prime with a rust-inhibitive primer. Items like the bowl above may not need any surface prep.

Painting:
Put on rubber gloves. Apply primer using a light back-and-forth motion. Make sure all surfaces are covered. Let dry, then spray the desired color using a light, sweeping motion.

Tips:
Valspar spray paint has new easy-spray technology and a redesigned spray head that's cleaner and easier to use than those found on other brands. Use paint pyramids to keep projects from sticking to the prep area.

  Blue ombré baskets on a shelf

Paint Wicker

Supplies:

  • Vacuum with utensils or stiff paintbrush
  • Latex paint
  • Spray paint (if applicable) and primer
  • Small brush or foam brush

Prep:
If old and painted, first wipe surfaces with a damp rag. Then use the upholstery tool to vacuum wicker or wovens. A stiff brush can do the trick as well.

Painting:
Dab paint on the woven strands of a basket to stripe them. On pre-painted wicker, spray with primer and let dry; then apply spray paint. Repeat with a second coat if needed.

Tips:
Woven baskets can be spray-painted if you want a solid color all over.

Painted ceramic vases

Paint Ceramic

Supplies:

  • Spray paint primer
  • Spray paint
  • Rubber gloves
  • Kraft paper, newspaper, or drop cloth
  • Paint triangles

Prep:
Wash in soapy water and then let air dry -- using a towel or other material to dry can leave lint on the piece.

Painting:
Put on rubber gloves. Apply spray primer using a light back-and-forth motion about 1 foot from the object. Make sure all surfaces are painted; let dry. Then spray the desired color repeating the same technique.

Tips:
Go slow and apply light coats when spraying. If you spray too fast -- or get too close -- drips and runs will occur. Use paint pyramids (#232223) to keep projects from sticking to the prep area.

Red painted two-drawer cabinet

Paint Wood

Supplies:

  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Household detergent
  • Rags
  • Wood putty
  • High-gloss paint
  • Primer/sealer
  • Small Roller

Prep:
Wipe off dirt and grime with a wet cloth; let dry. Sand as needed. Fill holes with wood putty, let dry, then sand until smooth and wipe clean.

Painting:
Prime, then let dry. Sand and apply two coats of paint to add durability.

Tips:
To get smooth results when painting flat wood surfaces, lots of pros swear by a small paint roller. Do a light sand between coats once the first coat dries and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

 Three painted pillows on a bed

Paint Fabric

Supplies:

  • Painter's tape
  • Water-base paint
  • Small brush or foam brush
  • Stamp, if applicable

Prep:
Wash fabric, if possible, without adding fabric softener. Cover your work surface, such as an ironing board or old towel, with plastic. Stretch and pin fabric tight to the surface.

Painting:
To lay out your template or pattern, use painter's tape. Paint the fabric using a small brush, foam brush, or stamp.

Tips:
Iron the fabric before painting. If you have scraps, first test your techniques and colors to ensure quality. For pillow covers, cut a cardboard insert and put it inside to keep paint from bleeding through.

Red painted headboard against wall

Paint Wallpaper

Supplies:

  • Latex paint
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Paintable wallpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Small paintbrush or edger

Prep:
Apply according to directions. Printable wallpaper (#350745) doesn't need to be primed -- it's ready to go.

Painting:
Apply paint using a roller. If painting a wall, use a small paintbrush or edger to get into the corners and edges. Let the first coat dry for 4 hours. Allow the second coat to dry for 30 minutes before lifting off the painter's tape.

Tips:
Paintable wallpaper is great to use on walls or ceilings that are less than perfect. It hides lots of flaws and comes in architectural designs and great patterns, such as beadboard.