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How to: gifts from a heart shaped stencil and PlastiKote spray paint

A handmade gift is always much appreciated and never more so than on February 14th! But don’t just make it on Valentine’s Day – our gifts, from a heart shaped stencil and PlastiKote spray paint are made with love for any day of the year…

 

heart jars

 

To make a Valentine’s vase, tealight holder or gift jar, you will need:

 

Glass jar, bottle, vase

Cardboard with double sided tape OR Large sticky label

PlastiKote spray paint: in our projects we used Stained Glass, Glass Frosting and Metallic Silver

 

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How to:

  • Make sure the jar, bottle or vase is clean and dry.
  • Draw a heart shape on the cardboard or label and cut out.
  • Stick the heart to the jar.
  • Apply the spray paint following instructions on the can.
  • When dry, carefully remove the heart shape to reveal the clear heart underneath.

 

 

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Competition: win £50 Etsy gift card with PlastiKote spray paint

Win a £50 Etsy gift card with PlastiKote spray paint in our February competition! This month it’s all about the love but if you want to know more about PlastiKote spray paint visit our website here.

Being the month of love, we thought it would be fun to find out what your favourite romantic film is? Are you old school black and white, comedy, musical or just a plain old soppy story? Let us know your favourite film and we’ll let you know the top three next month. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries.

 

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To enter this month’s competition, just email us the name of your favourite romantic film together with your name, address and phone number to competition@spraypaintideas.co.uk and put FEB COMP as the subject.  We’ll pick one lucky winner at random after the closing date of 28th February. Good luck!

We run a competition every month, so do sign up to our newsletter to make sure you are in with a chance to win.

Thank you to everyone for entering our January competition.  Our congratulations to Andrew Wedge from Wigan who chose the tin cans as his favourite makeover. He wins some Chalk spray paint and a £25 Hobbycraft gift voucher.  Well done, Andrew!

 

b - Tin Cans after no eggs

 

For the terms and conditions of our February competition, click here.

Want to know more about PlastiKote Chalk spray paint? Visit our website here for more information and lots of inspirational project ideas!

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Mini make: heart shaped chocolate box with PlastiKote spray paint

Here’s a really affordable and easy make for your loved one on Valentine’s day –  or indeed on any day! Spray a maché heart shaped box (Hobbycraft) or an old tin or box that you wish to recycle with PlastiKote spray paint. We used Fast Dry Enamel in Red Metallic, a lovely rich red but you could also use Twist & Spray Bright Red Gloss or Real Red Satin. We applied a paper heart motif to the lid to add interest. Fill the tin with chocolates, their favourite sweets, mementoes of a special day or little love notes. Much more personal and thoughtful than shop-bought!

 

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Instagrammer project: using Chalk from PlastiKote spray paint

We were thrilled to hear from Instagrammer Rosie from Rosie Renovations about her experiments with our new products Chalk and Leaf. Her fabulous makeover of a dining chair is inspirational! Read on to find out how Rosie created this unique and stylish chair. You can find out more about PlastiKote spray paint here.

 

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“I was so excited to try out these new spray chalk paints! I had been given this chair by a lovely friend and kept it for a while waiting for the perfect idea to come along, when I saw the colour options available in these paints I knew it. I went for a dipped leg style using Dark Hessian for the legs and Old Hessian for the body of the chair. This chair was pretty old so to be safe I gave the whole piece a coat of primer. After some careful masking of the different sections and a good shake of the can, application was so easy, smooth and quick. The paint is easily wipeable with soapy water within a few minutes if you do make a little mistake, great!

 

Spraying outside on a sunny and still day allowed the paint to dry pretty quickly. One coat was perfect then I started having some fun with the Silver Leaf spray. A single spray provided a gorgeous shimmer layer over the Old Hessian – a finish I’ve never created before.  I’m so pleased with the results and a spray  paint that really makes projects quick and easy. Thank you PlastiKote – I love it!”

 

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Click here to find out more about Rosie’s other projects. If you want to know more about Chalk and Leaf visit the PlastiKote website here. You can also head over to our Pinterest pages and find out what else you can do with Chalk.

 

 

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How to: the ultimate chalky finish with PlastiKote Chalk spray paint

Introducing Chalk spray paint, the most recent addition to the PlastiKote spray paint range.

With a flat chalky finish, Chalk spray paint is ideal for recycling old furniture or giving a vintage look to something more modern. There are seven heritage colours to choose from with three more being added in the Spring. You can also find out more about Chalk on the PlastiKote website here.

 

Chalk colours: Dark Hessian , Old Hessian, Pale Rose, Vintage White, Pastel Green, Frost Blue, Caffe Espresso

Chalk colours: Dark Hessian , Old Hessian, Pale Rose, Vintage White, Pastel Green, Frost Blue, Caffe Espresso

 

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You can use one colour over another and then gently rub back to reveal both layers. Or spray Chalk over Gold or Silver in the new Leaf spray paints and then lightly rub back to give an aged look.

 

 

Leaf spray paint in Gold and Silver

Leaf spray paint in Gold and Silver

 

Here’s a picture of one of our favourite projects in Chalk – a cabinet sprayed in Pale Rose.

 

cabinet inside

 

How to:

  1. Give the cabinet a light sanding to give a good key for the Chalk paint.
  2. Make sure the cabinet is clean and all dust from the sanding is removed by wiping with a damp cloth and allowing to dry,
  3. When completely dry, use Twist & Spray Primer to give a light base coat all over. This will increase coverage, adhesion and durability.
  4. Following the instructions on the can, apply Chalk. It’s really important to shake the can for the stated 3 minutes before spraying to ensure the paint mixes well. We recommend shaking the can regularly throughout the spraying process and particularly in between coats.
  5. The paint will be dry in two to three hours but allow the paint on the cabinet to completely Harden off for 48-72 hour before using.

 

Here are a few more Chalk projects we’ve been working on over the last few months:

 

Bathroom caddy in Chalk Frost Blue. Key cabinet in Chalk Vintage White

Bathroom caddy in Chalk Frost Blue. Key cabinet in Chalk Vintage White

 

Sewing box in Chalk Caffe Espresso. Stool in Chalk Pastel Green

Sewing box in Chalk Caffe Espresso. Stool in Chalk Pastel Green

 

 

 

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Competition: win Chalk spray paint and a £25 gift voucher with PlastiKote spray paint

Win cans of our new Chalk spray paint together with a £25 gift card for Hobbycraft with PlastiKote spray paint in our January competition! If you want to know more about Chalk visit our website here.

After the excesses of Christmas and with all the decorations down, the house can look a bit tired and bare and in need of a dash of colour or some new accessories. For an affordable update, get creative with upcycling and add colour or a metallic accent to any room with spray paint.

Here are a few we’ve done – all you need to choose your paint! Which is your favourite?

 

From crushed drink cans to vases

From crushed drink cans to vases

 

 From rocks to bookends

From rocks to bookends

 

From tin cans to planters

From tin cans to planters

 

To enter this month’s competition, just email us the name of your favourite upcycle from A. Drink cans, B. Rocks or C. Tin cans, together with your name, address and phone number to competition@spraypaintideas.co.uk and put JAN COMP as the subject.  We’ll pick one lucky winner at random after the closing date of 31st January. Good luck!

We run a competition every month, so do sign up to our newsletter to make sure you are in with a chance to win.

Thank you to everyone for entering our December competition.  Our congratulations to Lisa Anderson from Southern  who chose the frosty wreath as her favourite and who wins a £50 Ikea gift voucher.  Great choice, Lisa!

 

frosted wreath

 

For the terms and conditions of our January competition, click here.

Want to know more about PlastiKote spray paint? Visit our website here for more inspirational project ideas!

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Instagrammer project: upcycling with Chalk and @Lanni_x

It seems our hot new product Chalk spray paint is quite a hit with the interior design world – and it was great to find instagrammer Lanni illustrating it on her stylish and inspirational Instagram page @lanni_x.

Lanni is a wife and mum of two from Manchester. She brings her style and flair to her work as a hairdresser but by far her biggest passion is interiors. She told us:

“I love nothing more than finding my next project to do around the house, especially upcycling old furniture. I find it saves so much money which is great when you have a family and house to run. I started my interior Instagram page about a year ago and since then I have done many diy projects which I often share on my page @lanni_x. My absolute favourites to date are my ones using Plastikote.  Mainly because it’s so simple to use, very quick and easy to apply and so effective that it can totally change the look of something.”

Lanni upcycled an old gold mirror using our new Chalk spray paint in vintage white.

 

The gold mirror before

The gold mirror before

 

It now makes an elegant  statement in her home. We love how Lanni brings light and style into her interiors.

 

The mirror sprayed with Chalk spray paint in Vintage White

The mirror sprayed with Chalk spray paint in Vintage White

 

Here’s a couple of Lanni’s projects – we urge you to visit her Instagram page and find out more! Click here.

 

instagram coffee table

 

 

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Top tips: priming your project with PlastiKote spray paint

Many of our spray paints don’t require a primed surface but our top tip this month is to prime your project if it is to be in everyday use. PlastiKote spray paint has developed a wide range of different primers to make sure your project is fully prepared.

Anything that is going to be used frequently eg items of furniture, will benefit from a coat of primer first as it gives added adhesion and durability.

 

Priming wooden table with PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer

Priming wooden table with PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer

 

We also find that coverage is even better when a coat of primer is applied, especially with our water-based paints.

Bare wood, MDF and terracotta should always be primed. Of course, your colour spray paint will adhere without priming but wood, MDF and terracotta will soak the paint up and you will use a lot more spray paint.

 

Terracotta pots being primed in Twist & Spray Primer in White

Terracotta pots being primed in Twist & Spray Primer in White

 

Primer also gives a helping hand when spraying onto metal. Our metal primers also fight rust and offer protection from corrosion.

 

Priming metal railings with PlastiKote Metal Primer in Red Oxide

Priming metal railings with PlastiKote Metal Primer in Red Oxide

 

 

 

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