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Pinterest Project: I Spray Paint Things!

May 8th, 2012 | Posted by Emily in Uncategorized

I have been salivating over all of the spray painted things I’ve seen on home/DIY/style blogs lately…well, especially stuff from Scott & Kim’s beautiful Yellow Brick Home. So yesterday I pinned a couple things Kim spray painted for her new studio…including a cool, old camera and a sexy T-Rexy (catch that movie reference?)…



Okay, confession time: I am typically really bad about pinning some project idea and then never getting around to actually doing said project. But yesterday, when Daniel and I were recovering from a whirlwind graduation weekend by watching Doc Martin (which is helping to get us through the hump while we wait for a new season of Sherlock and Downton Abbey), I had an epiphany – I could actually do a project or two right then (shocking revelation, right?). So, we scurried over to Sutherlands where I spent way too much time hemming and hawing over bright spray paint in yellows, blues, and greens. When I enlisted Daniel’s help, he deftly chose Rust-oleum Key Lime and some spray primer, and we were back home in a flash.


I didn’t have my own T-Rex to paint, but I did have a piggy that needed a fresh new look.

This piggy is from the Todd Oldham for Target dorm collection that I had in my dorm room back in the day, and it’s been in our bedroom ever since Daniel & I got married. But let’s just say that my style has evolved a bit since then. This piggy even still had the sticker on – so I had to scrape that off before I could get started.

I applied two light coats of primer first – essentially allowing me to start with a blank slate. I also found another little piggy to paint while I waited on the big piggy to dry.

After allowing the primer to dry for a few hours, I applied a couple thin coats of Key Lime paint.



Once I had a nice, even coating of Key Lime, I thought I would apply some clear gloss sealant for added protection. Here is where things started to go awry. I noticed after the first thin coat on the big piggy that the paint underneath the clear sealant was starting to crackle.


At first I freaked out, but then I started to kind of like it. I decided not to put the clear sealant on the little piggy so I could compare to see which one I liked more.



I placed the big piggy back in our bedroom on our dresser…


Then the little piggy went into our office…


So which one do you prefer? Super smooth little piggy or crackly big piggy? I’m still trying to decide…

Ooooh, and check back tomorrow to see how my painted camera experiment turned out!

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