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Reader project: metallic table upcycle with PlastiKote spray paint

Who doesn’t love finding a bargain in a charity shop and knowing you can transform it into that perfect piece for your home?

Instagrammer Hayley loves upcycling and crafting – and colour! Her feed is awash with colour but we love this upcycled table. Read on to find out a little bit more about Hayley and how she transformed her table:

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“I’m a 37 year old mum of two children who likes to upcycle unloved items as a hobby for my own home interior. I find items at the charity shop, car boot sales and even at the local tip. I’m a big believer of recycling old items rather than buying new and with a little bit of care and creative ideas any item can be made lovely again.

 

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This little table was a £3 charity shop buy. I used Plastikote Metallic copper spray.

 

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I also used it on some cheap terracotta plant pots as well.”

 

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We think this is a stunning makeover. If you want to see more of Hayley’s project, visit her Instagram page here.

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Instagrammer project: experimenting with PlastiKote spray paint

We love finding different uses for PlastiKote spray paint but have never come across a different way of applying it. It’s a spray paint, right? Well, not always. Instagrammer Cara made these fabulous coaster from concrete and spray paint to decorate them – but not by spraying them!

Coasters 'splashed' with PlastiKote Metallic in Rose Gold
Coasters ‘splashed’ with PlastiKote Metallic in Rose Gold

To get the splash effect, she sprayed a small amount of spray paint on to her gloved hand (a disposable plastic glove) and flicked the paint over the coaster. it’s created this random pattern and we love it!

Coasters 'splashed' with PlastiKote Twist & Spray Colour in white
Coasters ‘splashed’ with PlastiKote Twist & Spray Colour in white

A fan of spray paint, Cara has used it in several of her tutorials. These glass jar tealight holders particularly caught our eye – so pretty.

Glass jars sprayed with Glass Frosting
Glass jars sprayed with Glass Frosting

Cara works professionally in the Art Department for film and TV. In her spare time, she is the sole creator at ‘cynchmakes’ where she loves to create DIY ideas and tutorials to share online. Find her YouTube tutorials here @cynchmakes.

For more information on PlastiKote spray paint visit our website.

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Instagrammer project: be bold with PlastiKote spray paint colours

We tend to stick to using colours that we know and that are ‘safe’. However, that might all be changing since we found @patirobins on Instagram! Pati’s bold use of colour against dark backdrops has inspired us to experiment. Here’s what Pati has to say about her style:

“I am a Polish maximalist and serial eBayer, living in UK for past 12 years. I love colours and changing things around but sadly budget does not always match to what I want to achieve.

 

Copy of @patirobins T&S Orange Frame

 

Over the years I have managed to source some beautiful secondhand  accessories and furniture from places like ebay , gumtree , charity shops, freebie sites and from family and friends. I always look beyond the colour of the item I find as this can easily be changed with PlastiKote spray paint.  I have always used this brand, I swear by it . It is also a great way to renew your existing pieces without spending much as well saving them from going into landfill. You can spray just about anything. My mirror in the hallway over the years has been painted all the colours of the rainbow – it breathed a new lease of life into something I had fallen out of love with.

 

Copy of @patirobins T&S Red Lamp Base copy

 

Colour can transform any space  – and if you want to add pops of colour, you can spray anything from lampshades ( providing you use led light bulbs that don’t get hot) to candlestick holders. Pop a few coloured pieces here and there and watch the space come alive. When you get bored, grab another can of PlastiKote and get spraying!

 

Copy of @patirobins T&S Orange Dressing Table copy

 

If you want a fuss-free furniture upcycle project, you can use a standard PlastiKote spray or one of their new Chalk range – which gives that perfect chalky finish in a flash! The same goes to your appliances –  rather than trying to achieve a professional streak-free finish with a brush (that you know is impossible), you could use a special  appliance  spray paint   I have used it in the past and loved the result.”

I think we can safely say, Pati is a fan! And we’re a fan of hers, inspiring us to be brave with colour! Pati can be found on Instagram @patirobins or on the website, www.style-squeeze.com, where the aim is ‘to squeeze more style into small spaces’.

For more information on PlastiKote spray paint visit our website.

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Blogger project: with Melanie Lissack and PlastiKote spray paint

Melanie Lissack, an award winning interiors blogger, is a long time user of PlastiKote spray paint and we are delighted to be able to feature one of her recent projects. And not just any project – this gold mesh noticeboard has just been shortlisted in the Pinterest Interior Awards category for Best Workspace Idea!

Melanie Lissack is more than an interiors blogger, she’s also a designer and decorator.  Her interior style is feminine but with a contemporary angle and she was named by Ideal Home as one of London’s best interior bloggers. Her blog Melanie Lissack Interiors aims to help you make the most of your home through budget-busting buys and DIY tricks.  You can find her blog here.

Her stylish noticeboard, made with a grid wall mesh panel and PlastiKote spray paint, would look fantastic in any home. Melanie told us:

“I’m currently re-vamping our home office as it had turned into a complete disaster area. The home office had belonged to my husband until this blog came along, then unfortunately for him I intruded on this room as well. One of the problems I caused was that I had paint charts and fabric samples strewn everywhere, and whenever I needed to find one of these quickly, it was in a pile somewhere either on the floor or on the desk.

I needed a notice board where I could pin all these often required bits and pieces. I could see that a grid wall mesh panel (which are used as part of shop fittings) would provide the strong metal structure that I needed for my office memo board.

I visited a number of DIY and building warehouses and stores, but found the best way to purchase a grid wall mesh panel was on Ebay. I purchased a 5ft x 2ft chrome panel for £6 (plus £6 postage). If you are savvy, you can get old grid wall panels for next to nothing – after shop clear outs or shut downs these panels often end up in the skip!

 

 

grid wire mesh

I used PlastiKote spray paint’s Metal Primer and Brilliant Metallic in Gold to transform the wire mesh and I am so pleased with my memo board! It was really cheap and easy to make.”

You can find out more about this project by visiting Melanie’s blog here. Melanie, we love it!

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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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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.

 

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Christmas with The Old Haberdashery and PlastiKote spray paint

The Old Haberdashery in Ticehurst, East Sussex is one of our favourite shops and we were very taken with its gorgeous Christmas window display this year. We had an idea the owner might have used spray paint as part of the creative process so we just had to pay a visit to find out more…

 

The OHD interior

 

Sonia, the owner, set up The Old Haberdashery six years ago and uses the space to showcase her passion for vintage, making and craft. We asked her to tell us more about her Christmas window display…

“Coming from a textile and photography background, I love to play with colour and texture in our visual displays. The annual Christmas window has to stop people in their tracks! This year, I used various PlastiKote spray paints to help me create a vintage eastern European folk theme.

PlastiKote spray paints are so easy to use and the effects you can create change something ordinary like a branch or seed head into something magical.

I layered copper with a covering of gold glitter on seed heads and silver and silver glitter as a highlight on hazel branches which still had their leaves and catkins attached. Great if you don’t want to go down the whole greenery route but want a bit of drama and something different. The spray paints really catch the light too and if you are pushed for time, they offer a quick and easy make!”

 

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If you want to know more about The Old Haberdashery go to www.theoldhaberdashery.com, visit the shop in Ticehurst or check out its Instagram page.

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Instagrammer project: autumn table centre piece with Rosie

Autumn is always such a beautiful time of year and we love finding Instagrammers who know how to make this season really come to life in the home. We found Rosie’s Renovations on Instagram when we were looking for some inspiration and we really appreciate what Rosie is doing. Her projects are creative, thoughtful,  carefully finished and we love the colours she chooses! We recommend you head over there and take a look for yourself

We chose her autumn table centrepiece to feature in this month’s blog. We loved the glow it creates and the way it brings a warmth to the table with just a hint of the festivities to come!

 

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We asked Rosie how she got started and she told us:

My passion for upcycling really began when I moved from a flat into a house and suddenly needed a lot more furniture to fill these extra rooms. I’ve always loved being creative and renovating old furniture for my home proved to be the perfect way to scratch that itch.

Rosie’s Renovations was created earlier this year and I haven’t looked back, from small home accessories and gifts, to dining tables and dressers. I love using spray paints and chalk paints to bring new life to old things.

I love my home to be seasonal and love bringing the outside in. The autumn table centrepiece is something I put together to bring in that autumnal cosy feel. I cut up some faux eucalyptus stems and sprayed with silver glitter spray, the translucent spray still allowed the green to come through which added some nice colour. I then sprayed some pine cones and some berries in silver. Once dry, I fixed everything together using some wire and placed my vase in the middle. I went for neutral sand and a white pillar candle but I’ll probably change this to something more festive before Christmas. 

 

Cones and things reader. project

 

REader project wreath before and after

 

If you’re looking for inspiration or want to know more about Rosie, visit her Instagram page here.

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Instagrammer project: Lisa White’s cute storage jars and PlastiKote spray paint

This month we welcome Lisa White, an instagrammer who has really set the bar high when it comes to creativity in the home.  We just love these cute storage jars:

 

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Here’s a quick picture step-by-step:

 

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Lisa’s skills also run to creating her own videos and you can watch the video tutorial for the storage jars here.

We asked Lisa how she got started with her business and with PlastiKote spray paint:

“After being made redundant I decided to take my passion for upcycling from a hobby to a business at the start of 2017 and set up ‘A Twist of Somerset‘.

I am based in a little village at the foot of the Quantock Hills called Nether Stowey and create all of my items from home.

I’m always keen to try a new project – big or small – using a variety of different materials.

Plastikote spraypaint is always something I have in my store, it comes in a range of great colours and is available in small or large cans. The paint is easy to apply, dries quickly and gives a beautiful finish to a project.

This storage jars project was quick and easy to do. It’s also a great way to reuse items found in the home. I used PlastiKote Fast Dry Enamel in Gold Leaf. Do watch the YouTube video tutorial  – it shows just how simple this project is!” 

You can also find A Twist of Somerset on Facebook and Twitter. We wish Lisa every success in her venture and look forward to seeing what she tackles next!

Take a look at the PlastiKote website and the many inspirational project ideas for you to try! You can reach our website by clicking here.

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Instagrammer project: interior makeover with Shelley Dennis and PlastiKote spray paint

This month, we welcome Instagrammer Shelley Dennis. We love her posts on instagram and she’s a true inspiration when it comes to interior makeovers.

Shelley is a recent convert to spray paint and we are thrilled to include two of her most recent projects in our blog. Shelley told us how she got started:

I moved into my new home in April 2017 and it was a dream come true. Having saved so hard for a house deposit I found myself strapped for cash and a bit down in the dumps that I couldn’t furnish my new home…or so I thought! 

I had lots of old wooden furniture and so many brown accessories and not a clue what to do with them but couldn’t afford to just throw them away.

I’ve seen so many people upcycle furniture and accessories that I thought I’d give it a go. I did some research and came across a couple of other people’s posts where they’d used Plastikote spray paint and I absolutely loved the idea of being able to transform something old into something new.

I found Plastikote in my B&M store and purchased one bottle of metallic spray paint and one bottle of white spray paint. I was really nervous about transforming my old drawers and other home accessories but I had nothing to lose because I was never going to use them as they didn’t suit my décor anymore.

My first project was an old vase that was absolutely beautiful but had brown stripes and just wasn’t matching any of my décor, so I used some parcel tape just to create a nice smooth line to separate from the cream part of the vase and then did one very light coat of the metallic paint and left it to dry and then did another coat and that was it – it was completely transformed and I absolutely loved it, it was so beautiful and everyone has commented on it. I couldn’t believe how easy it was and there were no drip marks.

 

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After that, I decided to be a bit braver and move on to my second project which was an old chest of drawers.

So I started with one drawer first and did a light spray of the white spray paint and left it to dry before doing a second coat I was absolutely amazed at how easy it was to apply and there were no drips, no messy paint brushes or brush marks, no having to clean them after –  it was fantastic! Once I had applied another coat, the drawers looked absolutely amazing and then I added some new crystal drawer knobs. 

 

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The whole drawers were transformed for just the cost of a bit of spray paint and a few drawer knobs I was so pleased that I went on to continue doing the second lot of drawers and I can’t wait to start my next big project which will be a really big set of drawers!

 

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