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Working with Spray Paint

What a month!!! If you haven’t been round recently you may not be aware that back in September I was commissioned by Rust-Oleum to produce a range of upcycled furniture pieces for their stand at The Better Homes & Gardens Live Show in Sydney. The focus of the stand was to launch their new 2X product in Australia, which should be in stores in October / November. This was by far the biggest painting project I’ve undertaken… sorucing 7 sets of furniture, choosing colours and painting them has been fun and I’d thought I’d share them with you.


I’ve used spray paint before, mostly on cane furniture. Cane can really soak in the paint, so it was great to get my hands on this new product. The ‘2X’ refers to the fact that there is twice the usual amount of paint in the can, so it goes a lot further. I have a couple of the cane chairs you can in the above photo, and have painted the  ne you see in the photo using 2X (in Navy Blue) and the other painted with paint from another brand. With 2X I used one can, with the other brand I needed almost two cans to get the coverage I wanted. The table above is Lagoon – one of my favourites.


When I was aksed to paint a plastic outdoor setting I was dubious. But these turned out amazing… I paid $12 for the set and the key lime table and deep blue chair (one was left original for comparison) look amazing. In fact, I’m thinking that the key lime looks great against my colour bond fence, so you may be seeing more of this colour round my place soon I’ve seen loads of plastic chairs on the roadside that with a coast of paint would be great outside with summer coming.

filinf cabinet

One of the tricks the Rust-Oleum team shared was to ensue I painted over the edge of the piece each time, rather than too the edge, to prevent a paint pool on the edge of the furniture. No matter how  quickly you are moving your arm, if you stop spraying at the edge you get a pool, move past it and the pool is on your newspaper or drop cloth and you avoid drips. The metal filing cabinet above (I didn’t get any photos of it before it went to the stand, so this is it at the show) I picked up for just under $8, and was in perfect condition, just ugly. I used grape on the outside and some chalk board paint on the drawers. I posted about a few other chalk board projects recently here.


The colour range is fantastic; the apple red chandelier has probably been my most popular on Facebook. One of the problems I’ve always had with spray paint is that there is usually such a limited range of colours, but Rust-Oleum will be launching 36, and they look great. I found this chandelier for $25… some of the glass shades were broken but luckily I didn’t need it for this project!


Last but not least – to give visitors a real sense of the power of paint, the chest of drawers is half original condition, half painted in heirloom white. The original is awful – loads of scratches and a weird orange colour. With a coat of paint (or two) she looks much better! The lamp is another favourite makeover – the fabric is gorgeous and works perfectly with the deep blue. Even my husband was keen to keep it – which is saying something for my very minimalist hubby!

And what did they look like at the show? Here’s a few pics…

rustoleum stand rustoleum stand 2










So there you have it! My largest ever custom job, pieces of every shape and colour! 2X will be available from Bunnings stores from October.



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