How to Update Your Home on a Budget with Spray Paint #12MonthsofDIY

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If you tuned into my blog last week, you’ll know that we’re working on a HUGE project right now: turning our old garage house into a guest house! You can read all about that right here. We don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on this renovation, so I’m busting out all of my favourite DIY tricks. One of my favourite ways to update almost anything on a budget? Spray paint! I love the stuff. It’s so easy to use, and it can make a huge impact on a decor item. This week, I used it to quickly and inexpensively update the hardware and light fixtures in our guest house! Let me show you my spray painting tricks, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see 11 more things you can do with spray paint from my blogging friends.

I want a fresh and simple black & white theme for our little guest cottage, so a lot of the old silver accents via the knobs and light fixtures in the house had to go. It didn’t really make sense to buy all new knobs and fixtures when the ones we had in there worked perfectly well, so I descended upon the guest house with one of my favourite tools in hand – spray paint!

Spray painting kitchen knobs is an inexpensive update

I touched up all of the kitchen cupboards in the cottage with latex paint in Simply White (I’ll share more previews of the paint job we’ve done in here later this week) after I took all of the satin nickel knobs off the doors.

I’ve spray painted knobs before, so I knew exactly which spray paint I was going to use. It’s my absolute favourite metallic oil rubbed bronze spray paint: Rust-Oleum’s Metallic Paint & Primer in One Oil Rubbed Bronze.

The BEST oil rubbed bronze spray paint. It looks so real and doesn't scratch or rub off!
The BEST oil rubbed bronze spray paint. It looks so real and doesn’t scratch or rub off!

Believe me, I’ve tried several different oil rubbed bronze spray paints, and this one is the best in my opinion. It doesn’t flake or rub off, and the colour is a gorgeous deep brown-black with a very realistic metallic shimmer.

Spray painting kitchen knobs is an inexpensive update

To spray paint knobs, simply make sure they’re clean and dry. Then, lay them on a drop cloth and spray them evenly and slowly with the spray paint. Hold the can at least a foot away from the knobs, and don’t coat them too heavily or you’ll see drips. When they’re dry, flip the knobs over and spray them from the bottom. I found I only needed one coat for my knobs, but you might need a couple.

Vintage industrial track light fixture

We only bought one new light fixture for the guest house because I wanted something to set the country farmhouse feel for the space. To match the one new fixture, I painted the other fixtures oil rubbed bronze.

Update a boob light quickly and inexpensively with spray paint

To spray paint the metal trim on a light fixture, take the fixture down (you may need to unwire it – get help for that if you need it!). Remove the bulb, and spray a nice, light coat of spray paint over all of the metallic trim. Now our boring “boob” lights match the pretty new fixture!

Seriously – try it! Spray painting knobs and fixtures is such a simple way to update your decor.

Here are some other projects I’ve done using my fave oil rubbed bronze spray paint (and they’re STILL holding up and they look great!):

How to paint wicker baskets with Chalk Paint - An Easy Coffee Table Makeover

Coffee Table Makeover with Spray Painted Knobs

Spray Painting Door Knobs: A Quick and Easy Update - The DIY Mommy

Spray Painted Door Knobs

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY spray paint project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!


From the top left, they are:

DIY Spray Painted Terra Cotta Planter from Woman in Real Life

DIY Pencil Holder from Love Create Celebrate

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover from Life is a Party

Recycled Outdoor Plant Pot Using Spray Paint from Time with Thea

Upcycling Outdoor Home Decor with Spray Paint from Sustain My Craft Habit

Painted Closet Doors from Fresh Crush

Gold Straw Himelli Plant Holders from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Repurposed Antique Crib DIY Secret Garden Gate from Vin’yet Etc.

DIY Coral from PMQ for Two

DIY Spray Painted Pink Living Room Side Table from Woman in Real Life

How to Update Your Home on a Budget with Spray Paint from The DIY Mommy

DIY Mirror and Photo Frame from Fresh Crush

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  1. oooh I am so excited about this latest project! I love your money saving tips for creating such fabulous home decor! Love the colour and look of the spray paint you chose too! Hmmm, I could come up for a visit and be a guest???? Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Thanks for the inspiration! I definitely have some hardware that could use some freshening up with spray paint and I love that this option saves us money and also saves unnecessary items from being thrown away!

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