In addition to changing the look of some furniture pieces, Gloria also wanted new looks for some of her decorative pieces, too. We’re sharing some tips for painting with hammered spray paint. The large mirror and wall mounted candle holder both fit in nicely with her farmhouse decor now.
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Changing the look of decorative accent pieces using paint is a cost effective way to get a look that will match your decor. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to get the exact look that you want. Georges painted a metal bar cart that Gloria had using hammered spray paint and changed it from gold to gray to match their decor. Since he had success with that, Gloria wanted to use the same paint for a mirror and a wall mounted candle holder.
Tips for Using Hammered Spray Paint
- Clean surface with lint free cloth
- Paint surface with primer and allow it to dry
- Follow instructions on can for how long to shake before use
- Give the surface a very light coat of hammered spray paint
- Allow paint to dry
- At a distance of 4 to 5 inches, use one direction motion to paint the entire surface
- Allow to dry
- Repeat with a third coat using one direction motion
- Allow to dry
- Spray surface with Polycrylic Protective Finish
Mirror and Wall Mounted Candle Holder Painted with Hammered Spray Paint
To paint a mirror frame, you’ll need to protect the surface of the mirror. I’ve found that Frog Tape works best for avoiding any paint seeping. Since I was at Gloria’s place when painting this, I didn’t have all of my paint supplies on hand. I didn’t bring the butcher block paper that I usually use to cover a surface. So, when I asked Gloria for something to cover the mirror with, she found a roll of wrapping paper. Sometimes you have to make do with what’s on hand. The paper was placed over the mirror surface and I used an utility knife to cut it to size. Then I added the Frog tape to hold it in place.
Preparing a mirror for spray painting
- Clean the frame with a lint free cloth
- Cover mirror surface with paper and cut to size
- Add painter’s tape to secure the paper
- Make sure that the tape slips between the mirror and the frame
Place the mirror on a table for painting.
I used the HomeRight Spray Shelter that I used when giving old tv trays a coastal makeover. It’s a great way to contain over spray.
I found that using a primer helps the hammered paint to adhere. Before spraying the frame, I gave it a coat of Behr primer and allowed that to dry. On the left side of this photo you can see how the hammered spray paint looks after one coat. The right side shows the second coat that has the hammered look. I gave it one additional coat for a total of three. Make sure that you spray in one direction to avoid pooling of the paint.
The final step after the paint has dried is to give it a coat of protective sealer.
The second piece we worked with is this wall mounted pillar candle holder. Gloria bought this a number of years ago at Kirkland’s. It had the same espresso finish as the furniture pieces that all got makeovers.
I cleaned and primed it before adding the spray paint.
I followed the same steps as I used on the mirror frame. The gray finish looks so much brighter and matches Gloria’s furniture well now.
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Using hammered spray paint does take a little practice. It may take a few tries to find the right distance, angle, and pressure to use for the best look. The great thing is that if you don’t get the look you want, you can sand away spots that might have drips and re-paint. Hammered spray paint is very forgiving!
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Tips for Painting with Hammered Spray Paint