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Spray-Painting Two-Color Projects

Bring old objects back to life with a colorful spray-painted finish.

Spray-painted pitcher and vase

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Plastic sandwich bags
  • Delicate painter’s tape


  • Vase: Valspar spray paint in Frosty Berry and Encounter
  • Pitcher: Valspar spray paint in Plumberry and Golden Maize
  • Pear: Golden Maize and White

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Step 1

Clean and dry the object thoroughly, especially any nooks and crevices. Working in a well-ventilated area, apply the first color to the portion you’ll later mask off. (You only need to cover the section to be masked -- you’ll paint over any overspray later.) Allow the paint to dry completely before masking.

Step 2

Mask areas that won’t be painted

If the area to be masked is large or highly textured, such as the rose on the vase above, cover it with a plastic bag taped in place. Otherwise, mask the section with tape alone. Lay the tape to create a smooth edge where it meets the rest of the item being painted. Press the tape edge firmly against the surface with your fingernail.

Good to Know

Not all painter’s tape is alike. Some painter’s tape is labeled for delicate surfaces because it has less grip than other tapes. Either regular or delicate-surfaces painter’s tape will be easier to remove than conventional beige masking tape.

Step 3

Spray an even coat of paint

Spray on several light coats of finish, taking care to reach into the nooks and crevices without leaving drips.

Step 4

Finished two-color project

Allow the paint to dry before carefully removing the painter’s tape. Estimated cost: $8 plus objects to be painted.