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We invited a few of the winners to a Make It Yours spray painting workshop to take on a new project and get their top tips…
“I enjoy painting and love to see items restored and transformed”, explains Steve whose loom chair was selected by judges as a prize-winning entry. “Spray paint is excellent, and so versatile — it offers the opportunity to make a difference to an object very quickly.”
At the workshop Steve painted a selection of IKEA picture frames. “The frames were white but now coordinate beautifully with the rest of the room” he said. To update these picture frames Steve used Rust-Oleum Surface Primer in White followed by Painter’s Touch in Slate Blue (Satin), Winter Grey (Gloss), Dark Grey (Gloss), Navy Blue (Gloss).
STEVE’S TOP TIP:
“Don’t try something too challenging as your first project. Pick a colour or finish that will significantly improve the object you are painting. The transformation will inspire you!”
Of all our competition winners, Chloe might be the youngest, but she has bags of spray painting experience, experimenting with a whole host of objects from vases and ornaments to tables and chairs — even painting a pair of shoes along the way!
Chloe first tried spray painting when she found a chair that she loved but it was the wrong colour. In the workshop she took on a similar project, using Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Cherry Red (Gloss) she refurbished an old wooden chair (that cost just £5 in a junk shop), giving it an entirely new lease of life.
CHLOE’S TOP TIP:
“Don’t hesitate to give spray paint a try. It’s quick, easy and looks good on anything!”
An artist and designer, Norma has lots of experience working with different paints, but loves spray paint for its speed and professional looking finish. She regularly upcycles furniture, white goods and picture frames with spray paint, as well as using it in her art projects.
Norma used Rust-Oleum Universal in White Matt at our workshop, to give a totally new look to two old cut glass vases that were bought for 50p each from a charity shop.
NORMA’S TOP TIP:
“I always test the colour of the paint on a discrete area of the object i’m painting to ensure I’m happy with the colour and finish. Avoid spraying too close to the object for best results.”
We were amazed to learn that Joanne’s prize winning entry was her first foray into spray painting. Inspired by our first “Make It Yours” magazine, Joanne decided to give spray painting a go “I bought the cabinet on ebay and really enjoyed painting it” she said with a beaming smile.
During the workshop took on a chalkboard challenge and created a kitchen chalkboard using an old picture frame and Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint.
JOANNE’S TOP TIP:
“Just give spray painting a go and don’t be afraid to try it! Look for old furniture with nice shapes and design that can be transformed with a few coats of paint.”
Feeling inspired? Enter this month’s Make It Yours competition with your Rust- Oleum epicycle project and you could win £250.