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Reader project: bright and colourful makeovers with PlastiKote spray paint

Regular visitors to our blog will know how much we love to see how others use PlastiKote spray paint around the home and every month feature a project that has caught our eye.

If you love colour, you’ll love Denise @huggablehome on Instagram. Her posts are full of vibrant colour, whether one of her crochet or knit projects, a colourful accessory or a bright spray paint makeover. Denise was kind enough to share some of her pics with us and tell us how and why she uses PlastiKote spray paints.

She says:

“Hi, my name is Denise, I am a crochet and knit accessories designer, with a penchant for diy and a love for all things bright and colourful.

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I love to fill my home with colourful and fun décor and accessories, Plastikote products help me to do just that.  These products allow me the freedom to make quick easy updates when upcycling.  I choose to use Plastikote sprays as they go on quick and easy, create a flawless finish and are available in a great range of colours.

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I love that they are also quite economical, I can usually complete several home accessories projects with one can.  I always have my eye out for the next project and no item in my home is safe when it comes to spray paint.  My favourite products are the gloss sprays, they give such an amazing finish and pop of colour in my home, I only wish my local stores stocked more of the colour range.

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I also love the gold Metallic finish spray, it is honestly like spraying liquid gold.

Here are my top tips for using Plastikote spray paint:

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  1. Prime it!  Always use the Plastikote spray primer, it ensures that you have the perfect base for your finished pop of colour.  I find that one coat of primer is usually enough for home accessories.  It dries quite fast, so it’s worth putting in the little extra effort for the perfect finish on your project.
  2. Light coats!  If you want the best finish, use light even coats of your spray.  Pay attention to the distance directions on your can too.  These steps will give you the flawless finish you are after.
  3. Have fun!  Upcycling and decorating can be so much fun.  Dont be afraid to experiment with colour combinations.  Let your imagination run wild and you can add some really unique touches to make your home yours.

I have some of my upcycles and diys featured on my new blog at www.huggablehome.com with lots more coming soon.  You can also find me crafting and diying colourfully through life on Instagram @Huggable Home.”

We love the diversity of Denise’s projects and hope to see more when she has received her ‘thank you’ spray paints from us.

If you have some spray paint projects you’d like to share with us, email info@spraypaintideas.co.uk. If we feature them on our blog, like Denise, you’ll get some spray paints as a thank you.

For more information and inspiration from PlastiKote, follow us on Instagram here.

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Reader project: a vintage vibe with PlastiKote spray paint

Here at Plastikote Towers (okay, the office!), we love to see how you use PlastiKote spray paint around the home and every month feature a project that has caught our eye.

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This month, it was Sarah on Instagram @sarahmaguire_myvintagehome who posts images of her fabulous home full of reloved and revamped furniture and accessories. She loves granny chic and vintage interiors. We love her style and use of colour.

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She says: “My name is Sarah Maguire and I’m a spray paint addict. I’m a vintage collector and have been for around 20 years. I use spray paint for most  of my painting projects unless it’s too large.

Chairs in PlastiKote Twist & Spray paint - Exotic Sea, New Yellow, Pink Burst and April Green.
Chairs in PlastiKote Twist & Spray paint – Exotic Sea, New Yellow, Pink Burst and April Green.

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I’ve spray painted pretty much everything. Tables, chairs, picture frames, shelves, baskets, lamps. The list is endless.

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I find it gives a much smoother finish especially the gloss sprays. There’s such a huge range of textures and colours to chose from too.”

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Do follow Sarah on Instagram to learn more about her style and see more projects. If you love the vintage vibe, you won’t be disappointed.

We really enjoy seeing the diverse mix of ideas and creations using PlastiKote spray paints. If you have a spray paint project you’d like to share with us, email info@spraypaintideas.co.uk. If we feature it on our blog, you’ll get some ‘thank you’ spray paints.

For more information and inspiration from PlastiKote, follow us on Instagram here.

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Reader project: make a Gin Bar with PlastiKote spray paint

The spraypaintideas team love to see how you use PlastiKote spray paint to transform bits and pieces around the house, from simple frame makeovers to handmade, customised furniture – and everything in between.

This gin bar from Rosie on Instagram – _@rosieanne – recently caught our eye, putting two of our favourite things in one project – PlastiKote spray paint and gin!  It’s a stylish and useful upcycle of a storage trolley from Hobbycraft.

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Rosie says: “I absolutely LOVE my gin and wanted somewhere to display everything and create a little gin corner without having to splash out on an expensive bar!

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So I decided to create one myself and was surprised at how easy it was to use spray paint. I primed everything first and then used Rose Gold/Copper spray paint on the frame and Night Navy for the drawers.

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This was my first project using the paint and I can’t recommend it enough. Easy to apply, quick to dry and the finish is fab! Super impressed with the turn out and now I have somewhere pretty to store my gins! (Any excuse to buy more pretty bottles!)”

We really enjoy seeing the diverse mix of ideas and creations using PlastiKote spray paints. If you have a spray paint project you’d like to share with us, email info@spraypaintideas.co.uk. If we feature it on our blog, you’ll get some ‘thank you’ spray paints.

For more information and inspiration from PlastiKote, follow us on Instagram here.

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Reader project: Metallic changes with PlastiKote spray paint

After the Christmas decorations have been put back in the attic, your house can feel a bit drab and uninspiring. An easy way to inject some colour or introduce a new accent into a colour scheme is to use PlastiKote spray paint.

Instagrammer Kaval, @1st_home_journey, has done just that, not because the house was drab – far from it – but because nothing was the right colour! Kaval explains:

“I recently purchased a property with my partner and needed to furnish the whole house. I kept finding furniture that was perfect but in the wrong colour! This happened repeatedly and I missed out on so many amazing pieces for the house because of it.

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Whilst I was walking through The Range one day in search of wallpaper, I discovered PlastiKote! It was the copper coloured spray paint that initially caught my eye as I had been wanting a copper clock for a while.

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Once I’d sprayed the clock from silver to copper so easily, I went on a bit of a spray painting frenzy and have ended up with four mirrors, two side tables and a clock that have all been sprayed from their original colour using PlastiKote!

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Such a fantastic way to find amazing things for around the house when you know you can change the colour of them for less than a tenner!”

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We’re delighted that Kaval has found PlastiKote spray paint and is a convert to the ease and affordability of recycling items around the home.

We really enjoy seeing the diverse mix of ideas and creations using PlastiKote spray paints. If you have a spray paint project you’d like to share with us, email info@spraypaintideas.co.uk. If we feature it on our blog, you’ll get some ‘thank you’ spray paints.

For more information and inspiration from PlastiKote, visit our website here.

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Reader project: a look back at your inspiring PlastiKote spray paint makes

We enjoy seeing what our readers, Instagrammers and bloggers achieve with PlastiKote spray paint. To see what can be created with a little imagination and some spray paint inspires us to try different things too. From festive makes to furniture, we’ve seen a whole raft of projects that have got the creative juices flowing. Here is a small selection from the past couple of years:

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Sarah sent us this lovely chair makeoverIt was a first time project and we were thrilled to hear that it had inspired her to do more.

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Have to say, we were also a little in love with her pooch!

 

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This pretty table centre piece came from Rosie. She made it for the autumn but it took her all the way through to the festive season. Gorgeous!

 

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Shelley shared this fabulous bedside cabinet makeover with us. She took the transformation further by changing the handles to pretty glass ones and applying some marbled paper to the top.

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Hard to believe this was once a plain brown wood set of drawers.

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This upcycled chalkboard was sent in from Jack. We love his use of bits of driftwood, old gates, pallets, all sorts – check his Instagram feed to see all his fabulous creations.

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Lisa’s cute little storage jars caught our eye last year. We’ve done Easter and Christmas themed sweetie jars but love these funky feline and duck storage jars using Metallic spray paint. Jam jar upcycles can be a thing of beauty!

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And finally, the talented Melanie Lissack, an interior blogger and DIY enthusiast, spray painted a grid wall mesh panel with Metallic to make a useful memo board – a clever idea that’s quick and easy to make.

 

We really enjoy seeing the diverse mix of ideas and creations using PlastiKote spray paints. If you have a spray paint project you’d like to share with us, email info@spraypaintideas.co.uk. If we feature it on our blog, you’ll get some ‘thank you’ spray paints.

For more information and inspiration from PlastiKote, visit our website here.

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Reader project: inspiring recycling with PlastiKote spray paint

We have been inspired by these projects from Ida of lemonbeedesigns – so nice to see her experimenting with different finishes from the PlastiKote spray paint range.

“I’m a stay at home mama to a two year old and a big time arts and crafts enthusiast. I love creating all sorts of things with my hands from hats to upcycled pieces of furniture. It’s my way of relaxing. I’m always on the look out for new materials and techniques to try. I’m relatively new to spray paints but have found them wonderfully easy to use. I like using a paintbrush with furniture, but when it comes to finer details, spray paints are definitely the thing to use.

 

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I used Plastikote Twist & Spray Satin in Pistachio for upcycling the backrest of a broken Ikea daybed.

 

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I used Plastikote Metallic in Graphite to give my birdcage a sleek new look.

 

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This is a cheap plastic frame from Wilko (£5.50), cast into this shape to look like separate photo frames stuck together. It’s very light but sturdy and with proper glass panes. I used a primer, followed by PlastiKote Silver Glitter.

I love how easy the spray paint was to apply and how smooth and solid the finish was. I also like how these projects only used up one can of paint.”

We love these projects and enjoyed the diverse mix of ideas. If you’d like to see more, take a look at her Instagram and blog pages.

For more information and inspiration from PlastiKote, visit our website here.

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Reader project: colourful Quidditch with PlastiKote spray paint

Quidditch is a team sport in real life – who knew? We happened upon Megan’s Instagram page – thebroomcupboard  – and saw her fabulous, customised broomsticks for Quidditch players, made using PlastiKote spray paint. Having Googled real-life Quidditch, we were fascinated by this team sport – looks like great fun and good to see mixed teams playing.

Megan loves the sport and explains how she decorates the broomsticks:

“So, I probably should start by saying in Quidditch we use PVC pipes instead of brooms in the traditional sense. I know its disappointing, we don’t fly either. However, it does mean they’re easy to custom paint.

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After making the broom, I draw the design on paper, tape it to the pipe and engrave it on with a Stanley knife. After it’s engraved, I put PVA glue on the sections I don’t want paint on, then when the PVA glue dries I spray paint over it with PlastiKote.

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The paint dries on top of the glue so I can just peel it off leaving the underneath untouched. The glue also doesn’t strip pre-existing paint so I can layer my designs with lots of different colours. If I need to do small sections, I PVA the immediate area around the design, then use electrical tape to layer paper around the design.

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After the design is done, the brooms get a top coat and are left to dry before they’re posted off to their new owner.

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Quidditch is a full-contact sport and we play in all weathers so the paint needs to be very durable.

 

Image courtesy of CatxPhotography
Image courtesy of CatxPhotography

My first broom has been to several muddy tournaments, twice-weekly training sessions and carted all around the country and it’s still going strong. I still have my first spray can as well, the pigment in PlastiKote is so strong that I only really need two layers, even on black PVC.”

We love Megan’s designs and hope her ‘thank you’ gift for sharing her project with us – some PlastiKote spray paints – come in handy for future broomsticks!

If you’d like to see more of her work, take a look at her Instagram and Facebook pages.

For more information and inspiration from PlastiKote, visit our website here.

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Reader project: Naomi gets crafty with PlastiKote spray paint

Naomi (@gnowme) got in touch to show us her crafty make for a back to school project. She is a teacher and wanted to organise her resources into the days that she needed them. The box files she had were a bit boring so here she explains how she came to use PlastiKote spray paint for the first time and what she thinks of it!
“I haven’t used Plastikote before but I noticed it in the shop when looking for a tin of paint. I would have also needed to buy brushes to go with the paint so I decided a couple of cans of Plastikote would be better value for money and more fun to use!
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To test the paint, I sprayed an empty glass moisturiser pot to make a little paperclip pot for my desk – the finish was perfectly smooth and glossy after just one coat of the spray.
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When starting the files, I found that the first 2 layers were absorbed into the wood very quickly but by the third layer, the surface started to look and feel nice and smooth (I’ve since learnt that it is best to prime bare wood to stop the colour soaking in!).
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Next, I used a permanent marker pen to bubble write the days of the week and decorate. To finish, I glued little lino printed paper stars on to decorate and I sprayed the folders with a clear glossy Plastikote to fix the pen and paper stars and give the files an even smoother finish.
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I was impressed with how easy it was to get a smooth finish and the coverage was super – nice and even with no gaps anywhere. They were not messy at all and dried very quickly without a lingering paint smell.”
It seems we have another fan and hope Naomi enjoys using her ‘thank you’ gift for sharing her project with us – some more PlastiKote spray paints!
For more information and inspiration, visit our website here

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Reader project: amazing upcycles with PlastiKote spray paint

Jack is a big fan of PlastiKote spray paint, using it for many of his wonderful upcycled projects. Based on the south coast, he loves upcycling – it’s his hobby and passion. He told us:

“I’m Jack from @south.66 (we use Instagram as our platform to reach the masses) and our mission is to recycle, upcycle and become more self-sufficient. The waste we create has to stop. We are also big fans of hand-made individuality. Not mass production of the same old tat. Simply, if you need something, make it. Get the kids involved and make making fun. Put your stamp on something.

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Now when it comes to making, time is of the essence and I need a quality product. PlastiKote ticks all the boxes, offers a perfect finish, easy spray technology is brilliant and makes painting mess free. Drying time is quick too.

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Recently I needed a sandwich board and it’s not something you see on the high street so thought ‘let’s make one!’. I already had a can of PlastiKote Chalkboard spray paint (see the full make process @south.66 on Instagram) so I made the frame and then sprayed the main body with the Chalkboard. Three coats later, we had our board made all from recycled pallet wood. Cost was pennies.”

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If you’d like to see more of Jack’s projects, click here to visit his Instagram page.

For more information on PlastiKote spray paint visit our website.

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Reader project: glass top table makeover with PlastiKote spray paint

This month, Instagrammer Frankie shares her clever makeover of an old glass top table using PlastiKote spray paint and some on-trend terrazzo patterned sticky back plastic. It’s not something we’ve ever tried but it looks fabulous and is a great way of dealing with a dated glass top table.

Read about Frankie’s love for interior design and her garden table makeover:

“I have always had an interest in home interiors. As a child, I used to love sitting down with my mum to watch ‘Changing Rooms’ once a week and I would spend ages afterwards drawing out my own home makeover designs. Now, as a 29 year old mum of 3 having recently purchased my own home, I am at last able to put my home decor ideas into action and I have to admit it’s become a bit of an obsession! I have a mix of new and upcycled items in my home and, whilst it’s fun to buy brand new, nothing can beat the feeling of accomplishment that comes with taking something old and turning it into something unique and fabulous!

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I have had this garden table and chairs set for almost 10 years, lugging it with me from house to house. It had started to look very tired and dated but rather than take it to the tip, I decided to give it a makeover.

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I used Plastikote Chalk spray paint in Pale Rose (such a beautiful colour) to paint all the metal parts, then covered the table top with terrazzo effect sticky back plastic.

It was so easy to do but so effective! It’s like having a whole new set for a fraction of the price.”

If you’d like to see more of Frankie’s interior projects, click here to visit her Instagram page or here to read her blog.

For more information on PlastiKote spray paint visit our website.

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