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Mini make: affordable autumn decs with PlastiKote spray paint

As a new season arrives, lifestyle magazines and blogs invite us to change our interiors to complement the time of year. If you’re looking for an affordable way to add some autumnal accents to your home, look no further than a pile of dried leaves and PlastiKote spray paint!

A metallic accent lifts any colour scheme and PlastiKote Fast Dry Enamel comes in Gold Leaf, Copper, Antique Gold, Silver (Chrome), Rose Gold and Brass. Available in 100ml cans, a little goes a long way and using (free) leaves means you won’t break the bank updating your decor.

 

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So, go for a brisk country walk and collect your leaves. We particularly like the large sycamore leaves. Dry them between a couple of heavy books to get them to lie flat. When ready to spray, prepare your spraying area with cardboard or newspaper and make sure the room is well-ventilated. Spray with your chosen metallic, using fine mists of paint to build the colour. These two images show the depth of colour and shine that is achieved with PlastiKote Metallic spray paints.

 

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The leaves can be used in all sorts of ways. Welcome your visitors with an autumnal wreath. Using Gold Leaf, Copper and Antique Gold, spray 6 large leaves and allow to dry. When through dry, hot glue to an old wicker wreath. Not just for Autumn, this could be used at Christmas too.

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Cascading sprayed leaves blu-tacked to a wall make an appealing display or they could be hung from a small branch to make a mobile of hanging leaves.

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A colourful garland using Copper and Orange Gloss is a cheerful addition to the home. Our top tip for attaching the leaves to the twine is to cut 15mm lengths of drinking straw and hot gluing to the back of each leaf. Then simply thread on to the twine.

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Looking for a quick and easy Halloween decoration? Use Fast Dry Enamel in White to spray some dried sycamore leaves and allow to dry. Their shape really lends itself to being transformed into spooky ghosts! Draw on a couple of black eyes and use washi tape to stick them on the window.

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Finally, what about place names? Perfect for any time of the year – great for Christmas! – choose large leaves to spray and, when dry, write on your guests’ names.

If you’ve used sprayed leaves for decoration, we’d love to see them. Tag us #plastikoteuk on Instagram @plastikoteuk

For product information, visit the website www.plastikote.co.uk.

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WIN: a £50 Ikea gift card with PlastiKote spray paints

Autumn is upon us, with shorter days and cooler weather. Ring the changes by taking a can of PlastiKote spray paint and giving your accessories a refresh or a new colour. Spray a photo frame a bright colour or give an old ornament a metallic makeover. It’s quick and easy to do, and won’t break the bank.

Why stop there? A table or chair sprayed in a strong colour will add a new focal point to your room. Revamp an old piece you already have or take a trip to the local tip – someone else’s trash could be your treasure! A light sanding and clean with soapy water and you’re ready to go. Use Twist & Spray Primer, followed by your favourite Twist & Spray colour.

We did exactly that with these three pieces: A – a small side table sprayed Royal Blue, B – a wicker armchair sprayed Black Plum and C – a junk shop find sprayed in Hacienda Tile, Yellow and Orange Gloss.

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To enter our competition, just tell us which is your favourite. Email your answer A, B or C together with your name, address and phone number to competition@spraypaintideas.co.uk and put SEPT COMP as the subject. We’ll pick one lucky winner at random after the closing date of 31st October. Good luck!

Entrants’ email addresses are added to our database to receive our monthly newsletter. If you wish to enter our competition but do not want to receive the monthly newsletter, please state NO MARKETING in your email.

Thank you to everyone who entered our July competition. Congratulations to Hana from Hastings whose favourite Chalk project was the little vintage stool in Chalk Pastel Green. She has won a £50 Hobbycraft gift card which will be winging its way to her shortly.

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For terms and conditions for the September competition, click here.

Want to know more about PlastiKote spray paint? Visit our website here for more information about the product or pop over to our Pinterest page for lots of inspirational projects.

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How to: make Halloween decorations with PlastiKote spray paint

Love it or loathe it, Halloween is big business these days. Over £400 million was spent on Halloween last year and it’s an ever-growing market. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate the house – take a can of PlastiKote spray paint (400ml retails at around £8) and get creative!

 

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PlastiKote Chalk spray paint comes in 10 colours and can be used on furniture and accessories but don’t be afraid to use it on pumpkins! These would make a stylish addition to any home.

 

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Just make sure your squash or pumpkin is clean and dry, then spray directly on to the skin. When the paint is dry, shield the pumpkin and spray the stalk with Metallic gold. The paint acts as a seal and a sprayed pumpkin should last for several weeks.

 

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If you’re more of a traditionalist, these next few ideas are for you. Welcome trick o’ treaters with a spooky doormat. We chose BOO! but if you’re more artistic, you could do a spider, witch or a bat. Just make a stencil from some cardboard, place the stencil on your doormat and spray. Roll it up after the 31st and store it for next year.

 

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Recycle an old wreath with black Twist & Spray paint. It takes no time at all to do, with the spray paint getting into all the nooks and crannies. This one is decorated with Fluorescent spray-painted wooden letters but for a more spooky look, wrap rubber snakes around the wreath and hang fake bats or spiders from it. Will they dare to knock?

 

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Got some leftover black paint? Avoid having to carve out your pumpkins – use homemade stencils and spray paint to decorate them.  If you want to make the Halloween tree, just spray some twigs black and hang paper bats or spiders from the branches.

 

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For some cheap as chips window decorations, dry out large sycamore leaves or similar and spray white. When the paint has dried, draw the eyes on with a marker.

 

These are very simple ideas which hopefully have inspired you to have a go. We’d love to see your spooky spray-painted makes – share your projects with us on Facebook or Instagram#plastikoteuk.

If you’re unsure about using spray paint, watch our vlogs for tips on spray painting and inspirational projects (look on the right-hand panel for the vlog category).

For more inspiration, check out our YouTube or Pinterest page. 

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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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Top tip: PlastiKote spray paint plus Ikea hack equals easy spray painting!

If you use PlastiKote spray paint for painting small home accessories – vases, ornaments, jars and bottles, for example – this is a useful little hack.

Invest in an Ikea Snudda. At around £6, it’s a bargain and can make spray painting even easier and quicker to do. The Snudda is Ikea’s lazy susan, a wooden turntable that is so useful when spray painting small items. It means you don’t have to try and pick up your sprayed item to get to another side, possibly getting paint on your hands or spoiling your paint job – simply turn the table and the unpainted side comes to you!

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  1. Keep it clean! Rather than build up layers of paint on your turntable, cover the top with newspaper and using masking tape to secure it underneath. This will make it easy to remove when you’ve finished your project, ready to be recovered for the next.

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2.  Place the item to be sprayed in the middle of the turntable.

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3.  Start spraying using even strokes and building the colour by slowly rotating the turntable with your free hand.

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4.  Leave your project to dry and then apply a second fine layer if needed. Allow to thoroughly dry.

5.  Finally, remove the newspaper and you’re ready for your next project!

Follow us on Instagram @plastikoteuk for more ideas and projects. And don’t forget to tag us if you make something using PlastiKote spray paint – we love seeing them #plastikoteuk.

For product information, visit the website www.plastikote.co.uk.

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WIN: a £50 Hobbycraft gift card with PlastiKote spray paint

Here’s your chance to win a £50 Hobbycraft gift card from PlastiKote spray paint.

Our vlog this month is a step-by-step guide to using Chalk spray paint. If you love the flat matt finish chalk paints give, you’re going to love our Chalk spray paint! It’s quick and easy to use – great for giving a vintage vibe to a piece of furniture or home accessory.

To help inspire your own Chalk project, this month’s competition features three of our favourite Chalk spray paint makes: Project A – a wicker basket sprayed in Chalk Frost Blue, Project B – a recycled key cupboard sprayed in Chalk Vintage White and Project C – an old stool sprayed in Chalk Pastel Green with a new fabric covering on the seat pad. These projects were all completed in an afternoon.

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To enter our competition, just tell us which is your favourite. Email your answer A, B or C together with your name, address and phone number to competition@spraypaintideas.co.uk and put JULY COMP as the subject. We’ll pick one lucky winner at random after the closing date of 31st August. Good luck!

Entrants’ email addresses are added to our database to receive our monthly newsletter. If you wish to enter our competition but do not want to receive the monthly newsletter, please state NO MARKETING in your email.

Thank you to everyone who entered our May competition. Congratulations to Margaret from Coventry who spotted there were three differences between the two Dusty Coral pictures, shown below. Did you spot them all? Lucky Margaret has won a £50 Etsy voucher.

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For terms and conditions for the July competition, click here.

Want to know more about PlastiKote spray paint? Visit our website here for more information about the product or pop over to our Pinterest page for lots of inspirational projects.

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How to: add colour to your garden with PlastiKote spray paint

With longer days and warmer weather, people flock to garden centres to stock up on bedding plants and flowers to fill their borders and add colour to outside spaces. With PlastiKote spray paint, you can add instant colour to the garden as well as freshen up tired-looking furniture and recycle all those garden centre plastic pots as well as planters and ornaments. PlastiKote Garden spray paint comes in ten gorgeous colours and can be used on most surfaces, from metal and wood to stone and wicker.

Here’s a simple project to get you started. It’s as easy to use as 1,2,3!

1  Make sure the item you are spraying is clean and dry.

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2  Apply several fine layers of PlastiKote Garden spray paint in the colour of your choice (this basket is in Azalea, the other two are Light Blue and Lavender). The instructions are on the back of the can.

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3  Allow to thoroughly harden off (48-72 hours) before putting in the garden.

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Have you been inspired but are unsure about using spray paint? Watch our vlog in this issue which shows how we recycled on old pallet to make a colourful plant stand to display pretty spray painted plastic pots. It includes a top tip for spraying pots that are already planted up.

Hopefully, we have inspired you to have a go. Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Instagram#plastikoteuk – we’d love to see them.

For more inspiration, check out our YouTube or Pinterest page

 

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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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