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Reader project: a Rose Gold garden with PlastiKote spray paint

A warm welcome to Rachel Morecroft from Hastings who got in touch with PlastiKote spray paints and wowed us with her Rose Gold projects, our Metallic colour of the moment! Rachel came across Rose Gold by chance and emailed us to show how she has been using it…


Rose Gold tin can lantern


I’m a big fan of spray paint and whilst shopping for some colour spray paint for my much loved wicker chair, I came across Rose Gold. I bought a can, not really knowing what to do with it but loving the colour.

I think the rose gold colour looks great against greenery, so I sprayed a couple of garden ornaments and an old tin can tea light holder I’d made that was green in a previous life.


Heart before and after


I love the pretty sheen and think these ornaments look fab in the garden. There’s still some left in the can so I’m looking for my next project…”


bird before and after


We’ve sent Rachel some spray paints to say thank you for these fabulous pictures. If you’ve got any projects you’d like to showcase then do please get in touch. If we feature your project, as a thank you we’ll send you a range of spray paints for your next project! Just email us at and tell us what you’ve been working on!




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Reader project: wedding birdcage and table number frames

Hats off to Verity Lambert who wowed us with her clever recycling of a birdcage and table number frames, using PlastiKote spray paint, for her wedding day. We invited her to tell us about her recycling projects:

“For the table number frames, I sprayed them in a creamy white colour using Plastikote spray paint – when I found them online they were originally painted in a very bright pink colour! This wasn’t to my taste or in keeping with my wedding colours of creamy white and green.

I carefully removed the backs of the frames and the glass, then sprayed the frames with four coats of paint. Once dry I put back the glass and frame backs into the frames with the printed paper table number inserts enclosed.


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WEdding table numbers afterwards


I found the birdcage some years ago – we were driving through a pretty village and I spotted it in the window of a charity shop. I asked my partner to stop the car, ran into the shop and bought it!! It languished at my mother’s for years but I retrieved it just before the wedding because I knew it would make a beautiful card holder.

I cleaned it down with a soft brush, filled and sanded any small cracks and then sprayed it with Plastikote spray paint in Leafy Rise, my favourite colour in the Twist & Spray range.

I also spray painted a little wooden heart and wrote ‘cards’ on it using a chalk marker pen. I attached an olive green ribbon and tied it onto the cage. We used the birdcage at our wedding to receive the lovely cards from our kind guests.”



For more great wedding day ideas using PlastiKote spray paint click here to go to our Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest.

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Reader project: transforming a drinks trolley with PlastiKote spray paint

We love the versatility of this drinks trolley makeover, bringing it bang up-to-date with PlastiKote spray paint! Our thanks to Beckie Batchelor from The Making Bee for sending us her ingenious upcycle.

Beckie told us: I found this old wooden drinks trolley in a junk shop and immediately saw its possibilities. I sprayed the trays with PlastiKote Gold Metallic spray paint  and used some leftover dark grey chalk paint for the legs. So far I’ve used it in the sitting room as a display table and  currently it’s gracing my study as a stylish printer and file table!


drinks trolley before after


wooden drinks trolley


To find out more about Beckie’s work, visit her Facebook page, The Making Bee.

For more great upcycling ideas head over to our Pinterest board ‘Upcycle, Revive and Recycle‘.

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Reader project: upcycling a bathroom mirror with PlastiKote spray paint

Thank you to Lisa Durkin for sending in this fabulous upcycling project. Lisa’s instagram feed @placeshaperinteriors is full of gorgeous interior design ideas so do head over there and take a look…

Lisa told us:‘’I love interior design and really enjoying designing and decorating our new home. The bathroom was lovely but I wanted to bring a fresher, modern feel to it. I found a beautiful Silver and White Kelly Hoppen Wallpaper which I chose to feature on the main wall, then I painted the walls, woodwork and ceiling white. But the big, ornate brown mirror didn’t look right with the new colour scheme so I thought about spraying or painting it a Silver or Pewter colour rather than spending money on a new feature mirror.




I found the Plastikote Spray at my local DIY Store and decided to go for the Pewter colour. I must admit I was really nervous about using it as I didn’t want to spoilt the mirror but I knew it was no good to me in the brown colour so I felt I has nothing to lose (except money to buy a new mirror if it didn’t work out!).

The mirror was a Resin material so it didn’t need any preparation other than masking tape on the mirror area. I then took it outside in the garden on the stone driveway and placed the mirror on an old sheet. I wore latex gloves and followed the instructions  – spraying the outer edge of the mirror first in thin coats. I knew after the first few sprays it was going to look good as the coverage and the colour were great and better than I expected.


mirror step by step


Most of the mirror area I sprayed only needed 1 coat – I just had to go over a few patches that I had missed. I left it outside to finish drying for another 2 hours before I brought it back in the house.


BathroomMakeover after close


When I put it back up on the wall in the newly decorated bathroom – it looked stunning and really makes the whole bathroom complete. I’m so impressed with how easy and cheap it was to do – this mirror makeover cost me less than £9 and only took an hour to  prepare and spray. I have my eye on a few more projects around the house that I can transform with Plastikote spray paint – so nothing is safe! You get so much more satisfaction when you ‘upcycle’ something and it turns out so good.

The whole mirror used 3 small 100ml cans of Pewter (although I did have some left so I also sprayed a decorative wall plaque above the bathroom door from gold to Pewter).  Everything co-ordinates  now  and it’s saved me lots of money!‘’


BathroomMakeover after



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Reader project: outdoor table makeover with PlastiKote spray paint

Thanks to Pippa who has emailed us with her superb transformation of an old wrought iron table using PlastiKote spray paint.

Pippa said: “I was about to take this old table to the local tip when I came across spraypaintideas and decided to have a go at spray painting! Never having used spray paint before I watched a few vlogs which gave me a bit of confidence. I gave the table a good clean with a wire brush, washed it down and then used a PlastiKote Primer before using Warm Grey.  And I’m so happy with the result.  I love the colour and it’s given the table a whole new lease of life. I can’t wait to do my next project.”


metal table


If you’re thinking about your own garden projects why not take a look at our pinterest page. You’ll find lots of ideas on how to bring colour into the garden this summer. Click here for our Garden Glory board.

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Reader project: Glass Jar storage unit with PlastiKote spray paint

Here’s a fabulous project from Francesca Brady at the Vantablack Studio. It’s a really clever use of kilner or mason jars for a stylish storage unit that can be used in the bedroom, in the kitchen, in the bathroom or indeed anywhere you like! We love the clever way she’s made use of things she has lying around the house.


You will need:

Piece of scaffolding board or similar

Screw top mason or kilner jars (they can be found in Hobbycraft or The Range)

Jubilee clips/hose clamps

Flat metal fasteners

Screws compatible with flat metal fasteners.

Old hooks/door knobs/drawer handles

Silver metallic spray paint from PlastiKote

String for decoration (optional)


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How to – in Francesca’s own words:

To start, I sanitised my 3ft section of scaffold board with a household steamer and then sanded it down to make it smooth (I chose not to sand it too much because I love it’s character!)

Then, using silver metallic Plastikote paint, I sprayed some old coat hooks I found rattling around in a drawer at home, as I thought this would be a good addition to my unit. I drilled two small holes into the wood where I wanted to place these hooks and then screwed them into place.


reader project hooks


I positioned the three mason jars equally then used the jubilee clips, flat metal fasteners and screws to fix them into the board. Place the jubilee clip down on the board, place the metal fastener over the top and drill this into position. Then, expand the jubilee clip to full extension, slot the mason jar in and close the clip tightly around the jar.


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I would recommend using heavy duty metal picture hangers so this structure can be fixed to a wall (my board is 3ft long and I have used three strong picture hooks on the back).

Decorate with string, ribbon, anything you like!


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Reader project: enhancing your kitchen with PlastiKote spray paint

Sometimes the smallest changes can have a huge impact. Here, we look at the effect of changing the colour of kitchen knobs to reflect a different floor, inspired by an email and pictures from Isobel Smith.

Isobel wanted to update her kitchen but without spending a fortune.

“My biggest outlay was new flooring and I love the tiles. But having spent money on the floor tiles, I really couldn’t afford to change the cupboards. So, I gave them a good clean and, to give them a more modern look and tie in with the new flooring, I sprayed the knobs with PlastiKote Black Gloss. Just a small detail but the kitchen now has a really cohesive look.”

We couldn’t agree more and are amazed at how such a small change can make such a difference. What will you change today?














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Reader projects: festive fruit displays with PlastiKote spray paint

We love it when readers send us pictures of their Christmas transformations and these ones have got us rushing to the supermarket and out into the garden.  A big thank you to Beckie Batchelor from The Making Bee for pictures of her fabulous pineapple centrepiece and festive leaf garlands using PlastiKote spray paint. She is going to have one spectacular Christmas!

The pineapple on its own is a glorious example of what a single can of Gold Leaf spray paint can achieve. But we love Beckie’s combination of natural bay leaves and the pineapple sprayed in Gold Leaf   to form a centrepiece that will grace her table on Christmas Day.






Beckie’s leaf garlands are also a triumph. Sprayed in gold leaf and copper they are chic, stylish and bang on trend.






To find out more about Beckie’s work, visit her Facebook page, The Making Bee.

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Reader project: recycle a chair with PlastiKote spray paint

Thank you to Sarah Horsburgh for sending in this fabulous picture of a chair that she recently recycled using fabric from Laura Ashley and PlastiKote spray paint. This is Sarah’s first spray paint project and we’re sure you will agree she is a natural. We’re also pretty keen on her dog, Missy Elliott, who photo-bombed the final picture!

Sarah said to us: “I got the chair from a local auction house in Derby which was about to throw it away.  I have always loved the shape of it.  It has spent many years in my possession used as a chair to stand on when I am decorating.  I have recently moved house and thought I would give the chair a new lease of life. 

I am assistant manager at Hobbycraft in Stafford so I have no excuse not to be crafty! This is the first time that I have spray painted anything and I have well and truly got the bug and am starting my next project soon.”



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We think the chair (and the dog!) is fabulous and we’ll be sending Sarah some spray paints to thank her for sharing her project with us.

If you have a spray paint project, do please get in touch. Just email including a before and after picture as well as a few sentences about yourself and your project. If we feature your project, we’ll send you some spray paints to say thank you.

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Instagrammer project: Rusty table makeover with PlastiKote spray paint

We love how Instagrammer @alljanesthings uses her makeover skills. This is probably one of our favourite tables and the transformation is quite spectacular. Jane explains: I bought this table which has the ‘rust’ look which I hate but I loved the table. I bought PlastiKote Rust Not as I used that on all my wrought iron furniture which was green and rusted and it’s held beautifully.

Here’s the table before the makeover.




When working with rusty objects our customer services team recommends getting as much of the rust off as possible with a wire brush, then wash with warm soapy water to remove any dirt and grease. No primer is needed with Rust Not. Once thoroughly dry, you can apply spray paint following instructions on the can.

As you can see, it worked beautifully. We want one too!




To see more of Jane’s projects, go to her Instagram page here.


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