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How to: garden furniture makeover with PlastiKote spray paint

Recycle, recycle, recycle! That’s our ethos and this garden furniture set shows that we practise what we preach. The beauty of PlastiKote spray paint is not only can it bring something back to life but if you get bored of the colour or need to change the look, you can do so quickly, easily and inexpensively.

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This garden table and chairs were inherited nine years ago in a sad and sorry state after many years of use. Using PlastiKote Metal Protekt spray paint in Black, it was brought back to its former glory.

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A couple of years later, the set was sprayed this gorgeous red and moved to become a focal point in a leafy spot in the garden.

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A house move meant the furniture found a new home on a parterre with a colour scheme of white and green planting. The red was too harsh, so Warm Grey was chosen to tone it down.

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With the introduction of PlastiKote’s NEW Garden spray paint, we couldn’t resist the Surf Green and the table and chairs were sprayed to now sit proudly in their new sunny spot overlooking the lawn.

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If you’re considering spraying your garden furniture, here are some top tips:

  • Make sure the furniture is clean and dry. Use wire wool or a wire brush to clean off any flakes of rust or old paint. Wash with warm soapy water before allowing to dry thoroughly.
  • If you’re back to bare metal or wood in any area on the furniture, we’d definitely recommend using a PlastiKote Primer – Metal Primer if you have rust spots. Even if you’re just covering old paint, after prepping as above, priming will not only ‘kill’ the colour you’re covering and give you a good surface for the top coat, it will also give you added durability.
  • Follow instructions on the can for the best finish.
  • Allow to thoroughly harden off before using.
  • If possible, put garden furniture in a shed or garage over the winter to protect paint from the harsher weather.

For more garden projects, check out our Garden Glory board on Pinterest.

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How to: create colourful outdoor dining with PlastiKote spray paint

Eating outdoors is one of many pleasures on a sunny summer’s day.  From a family barbecue to an evening supper for two, it’s great to make the effort and lay an enticing table. Here are a couple of  simple ideas using PlastiKote spray paint that are quick and easy to do and won’t cost a fortune. Your summer table will look bright and beautiful!

You will need:

Paper doilies (from Hobbycraft, The Range and other good retailers)

Terracotta plant pot and saucer

Newspaper/dustsheets/cardboard

PlastiKote Fluorescent spray paint

PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer in White

Paper Doily place mats

How to:

  • In a well-ventilated room or preferably outside, use newspaper or dustsheets to mask the area where you are spray painting.
  • Place the doilies on cardboard to keep them flat.

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  • Apply a couple of fine layers of PlastiKote Fluorescent spray paint following instructions on the can. We chose Fluorescent Pink and Green. Allow 5-10 minutes between coats.
  • The doilies will be touch dry in 30-50 minutes and thoroughly dry in 2-3 hours.
  • You could also use PlastiKote Metallic, Twist & Spray, Chalk or Fast Dry Enamel spray paints for different colours and effects.

 

Flower pot cutlery or napkin holder

How to:

  • In a well-ventilated room or preferably outside, use newspaper or dustsheets to mask the area where you are spray painting.

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  • Terracotta pots are very porous so it’s recommended to prime the pot and saucer first with PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer in White, following instructions on the can.
  • When they are thoroughly dry, apply 2-3 layers of PlastiKote Fluorescent spray paint again, following instructions on the can. Allow 5-10 minutes between coats. For this project, we chose Fluorescent Green and Yellow.

colourful pot after

  • Allow to thoroughly dry.
  • Use for napkins, cutlery or line with a napkin and fill with fruit for dessert.

For more easy projects, check out our Mini Makes board on Pinterest.

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How to: create beautiful wedding decorations with PlastiKote spray paint

Whether you’re on a budget or not, it’s lovely to add a personal touch to a wedding. With PlastiKote spray paint and some tin cans and bottles, you can create some pretty table decorations for your special day.

You will need:

Tin cans and bottles

Newspaper/dustsheets

PlastiKote Metallic spray paint

PlastiKote Twist & Spray Colour

How to:

  • Make sure the cans and bottles are clean and dry.

 

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  • In a well-ventilated room or preferably outside, use newspaper or dustsheets to mask the area where you are spray painting.

 

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  • Apply a couple of fine layers of your chosen spray paint, following instructions on the can. We used Metallic Gold, Metallic Copper and Twist & Spray Colour in White Satin.

 

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  • Allow to thoroughly dry.  Fill with your chosen flowers and arrange, in groups or individually, they look stunning!

 

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Here are a couple more ideas on upcycling glass jars using stencils, perfect for decorating a wedding table:

 

A heart stencil adds a pretty detail - works well as a tea light holder.
A heart stencil adds a pretty detail – works well as a tea light holder.

Spray over a strip of lace to leave a delicate pattern - gorgeous!
Spray over a strip of lace to leave a delicate pattern – gorgeous!

 

For more ideas, check out our Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest.

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How to: NEW Garden colours from PlastiKote spray paint

Colourful Garden Pots

Introducing NEW Garden colours from PlastiKote spray paint. Available in 10 gorgeous matt colours, it can be used on wood, metal, plastic, stone and wicker, making it ideal for outdoor craft projects as well as furniture, planters and garden ornaments. With a water-based formulation and 90% less solvents, PlastiKote Garden paint is kinder to the home – and to the environment.

This month’s ‘how to’ is a quick and easy project to recycle those plastic pots that nursery plants come in – so much better than adding to landfill.

You will need:

Plastic pots

Dust sheets/newspaper or a garden cane

PlastiKote Garden spray paint

How to:

  • Make sure the pot is clean and dry.

 

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  • Spread newspaper/dust sheets out in a well-ventilated working area or preferably outside. Or you could use our top tip of popping the pot to be sprayed on a garden cane stuck in the ground.

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  • Apply a couple of fine layers of Garden spray paint in the colour of your choice, following instructions on the can.
  • Allow to thoroughly dry before potting up and displaying in your garden.

PlastiKote Garden Colours - Sea View, Azalea, Light Blue

For more ideas, check out our Garden Pinterest page.

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How to: Chalkboard chopping board with PlastiKote spray paint

Chalkboard chopping board

Chalkboards are useful additions in the home, none more so than in the kitchen. We’ve made several over the years but this is a cute chopping board makeover using a chopping board from The Range and Chalkboard from PlastiKote spray paint that you can hang up or sit on the kitchen counter to jot down reminders for your shopping list or appointments.

You will need:

Chopping Board (ours is from The Range)

Dust sheets/newspaper

Masking tape

PlastiKote Chalkboard spray paint

PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer

 

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How to:

 

  • Make sure the board is clean and dry.
  • Spread newspaper/dust sheets out in a well-ventilated working area or preferably outside
  • We recommend priming bare wood because of its porous nature. Following instructions on the can, prime the board with PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer.

 

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  • When thoroughly dry, apply a couple of layers of PlastiKote Chalkboard spray paint. You can re-coat at anytime.
  • Allow to dry. The board will be touch dry in 2-3 hours but allow 7 days before using chalk on it.

 

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Here are a couple of other projects for the kitchen using PlastiKote Chalkboard spray paint.

 

how to herb and spice pots

These cute spice jars are a great way of using up leftover Chalkboard spray paint.

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Recycle old place mats with a can of Chalkboard spray paint. Great for place names at a dinner party or keeping the children amused between courses.

For more ideas, check out our Chalkboard Pinterest page here. If you want to find out more about PlastiKote Chalkboard spray paint, go to our website here.

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How to: Easter treat jars with PlastiKote spray paints

Easter treat jars

What is nicer than a homemade gift, whether it’s for a Easter, a birthday or just to say you care? These cute little jars made with PlastiKote spray paint could be adapted for any occasion.

You will need:

Glass jar

Small pine drawer knob

Masking tape

PlastiKote Fast Dry Enamel spray paint

Decorative washi tape

 

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How to:

  • Clean the glass jar and lid with soapy water and allow to thoroughly dry.
  • Using a hot glue gun, stick the pine knob to the lid of the jar. Leave to dry.
  • Mask the jar so that you have a strip around the middle to spray.
  • Following instructions on the can, spray the jar and the lid. Two fine layers are better than one thick one.

 

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  • Allow to thoroughly dry. The paint will be touch dry in under an hour and thoroughly dry in 2-3 hours.
  • Apply a strip of decorative washi tape to add interest to the jar.
  • Fill with sweet treats for a pretty, personal gift at Easter or anytime.

 

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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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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.

 

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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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How to: stylish Christmas table place settings with PlastiKote spray paint

When your guests arrive for festive food, avoid the confusion and the calls of ‘where shall I sit?’ with some stylish, affordable table place settings. All with a little bit of help from PlastiKote spray paint!

If you have a large amount to do or are spraying other items for Christmas, use 400ml Twist & Spray (T&S) Colour or 400ml Metallic spray paint. For a small amount, a can of Fast Dry Enamel (FDE) 100ml goes a long way and is easily affordable at around £4.

We sprayed a large ivy leaf in Flat White (FDE) and then threaded a luggage label on the stem. Simple, stylish and very effective.

 

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Fruit is another useful resource at Christmas. Choose not quite ripe apples or pears to spray – with a full coat, they will last a good couple of weeks. This pear has been sprayed with FDE Gold Leaf.

 

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Pine cones are easily transformed into place name holders. A light spritz of white (T&S or FDE) makes them look like they’ve been brought in from the snow! A spritz of PlastiKote Glitter spray paint will make them look frosty.

 

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This sycamore leaf looks stunning on a plain white plate. Sprayed with Metallic Copper (T&S or FDE), it has a lovely warm sheen. Use a marker to write the name.

 

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This place setting is one for the kids (big and small!). A sprayed cone with a name card, a festive doily (sprayed in FDE Gold Leaf) and a favours jar. The jar is a recycled sauce jar, cleaned thoroughly, a small wooden ornament hot glued to the lid and the the lid sprayed. T&S Bright Red Gloss was used to achieve this very festive setting.

 

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How to: create clever storage with PlastiKote Spray Paint

With guests descending and a house full to bursting of all the extras that appear at Christmas, some extra storage is always useful. We’ve come up with an affordable way to add some practical but pretty storage by using PlastiKote spray paint and wooden crates, either bought from hobby stores or recycled old wine boxes.

A crate filled with toiletries, a flannel and towel is a great idea to put in your guest room. Spray them bright colours and use to store some of those toys that might remain untouched once Santa has been. A colourful crate on the windowsill filled with herbs is not only decorative but useful. Or why not fill with homemade goodies for a thoughtful gift for a loved one?

 

You will need

Wooden crate/old wine box

Fine sandpaper if upcycling an old box

PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer

PlastiKote Twist & Spray Colour or Metallic spray paint

 

Step by Step

  • Spread newspaper/dust sheets out in a well-ventilated working area or preferably outside.
  • If upcycling a wine box, gently sand the surface to get rid of any rough bits.
  • Following instructions on the can, apply PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer and allow to dry.
  • When dry, apply the PlastiKote Twist & Spray Colour or Metallic, of your choice – again following instructions on the can. They will be touch dry in 30-50 minutes and thoroughly dry in 2-3 hours.
  • Allow 36 hours for the paint to harden off completely before putting into use.
  • Fill! Here are a few of our ideas…

 

Children’s Tidy Crates

This is a great way to get children to tidy up! We sprayed the front of the crates in Chalkboard and the rest in April Green, Orange and Yellow Gloss. Let the children decide what they want to store in them!

 

Kid's crates

 

Guest Crate

This is a lovely way to present towels and toiletries for your guests. We used Twist & Spray in White Satin.

 

guest crate using White Satin Twist & Spray

 

Herb Crate

Bring colour into your kitchen with these fabulous herb containers. We used Twist & Spray in Hacienda Tile.

 

PlastiKote herb crate - Hacienda Tile Twist _ Spray

Christmas Gift Crate

Why not create your own special gift hampers this Christmas. Metallic sprays give a particularly luxurious finish. We used Metallic Copper.

Christmas gift box using MEtallic Copper

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