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5 Ideas for Using Spray Paint in Home Improvement

Let’s get this out of the way first: spray paint itself isn’t eco-friendly. You’re left with that pesky steel bottle and it’s rather stinky stuff, too. There, I said it.  Now that we’ve agreed on  that, let’s move on to the idea that spray paint does have green value in that it can impart new life to things that otherwise might just get dumped into a landfill. Here are five ways that we have used spray paint for home improvements:

1. Our old fireplace doors went from smoke-stained and outdated  to simple and lovely.

2. Our retro kitchen cabinet doors had layers of chipping paint and lacquer, loads of decorative trim, and possibly lead paint on them, meaning that sanding was out of the question. Textured spray paint was an easy way give them a new lease on life until we have a more defined plan for the kitchen.

 

 

 

3. When we bought our house, we had to refinish every single thing (as everything was covered in filth and roach droppings). To minimize cost and waste, we decided to wash and spray paint hinges and hardware rather than buying a whole-house’s worth of new ones.

Leftover floral foam works well for holding screws.

4. For the basement remodel, we freshened up old door handles purchased at ReStore so they would match our oil-rubbed bronze vibe. (We would have been wise to add a coat of lacquer.) (Painting helpers: a shipping pallet and the same trusty piece of floral foam, three years later.)

5. Going with flush-mount lights rather than recessed was one way we could save money on the basement remodel. Finding six matching, attractive, amply-bright lights for cheap was tough, though. Enter Craigslist. We found a lot of lights with a nice motif for a mere $35, but they were a terracotta orange-ish. Once again, spray paint came to the rescue.

 
 
There you have it: five ideas from our home. But, there are tons of other possibilities. What is something you saved with spray paint?
 

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About More Green for Less Green

Hi, I’m Pamm. Welcome to my little slice of the web! As a progressive Evangelical female pastor and crunchy homeschooling mom, I’m never quite what anyone expects of me. But, hey, that’s what makes blogging interesting, right? Join me as I try to wholeheartedly parent my three little boys, slowly fix up the trashed foreclosure we bought in 2009, and live simply.

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  • Skadi June 4, 2013, 1:42 am

    Why did it never occur to me, painting those light fixture was a possibility. I love how you reuse, restore and recycle. When I have finally purchased my home, I will have to read up a LOT on your blog. Thanks so much. SH

  • sommer February 26, 2015, 8:07 pm

    I’m in love with that rug, Pamm! Where did you get it?

  • Pamm February 26, 2015, 8:47 pm

    Sommer- Good old Overstock.com. They have a nice selection of wool rugs. -Pamm

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