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Easy Spray Paint Makeover - Outdoor Decor

Spray paint can transform just about anything if you just give it a chance!

Have you ever bought something to spruce up the outside of your house and at first, it looks oh so pretty, fresh and shiny, and then, after a few summers and winters it looks like something from Sanford and Son? (If you remember that show, let me know!).

Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One - Oil Rubbed Bronze. Give new life to an old rusty sign.
Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One - Oil Rubbed Bronze. Give new life to an old rusty sign.

That's what happened to me with a pretty planter and a welcome sign that I bought a few years ago.  At first, it was so pretty and welcoming, and then a few weeks ago I looked at them both and thought what in the world happened?

Today, I'm going to show you how simple it was to make everything shiny and darn near perfect again.

Lately, I have taken to spray-painting just about everything.  Heck, if I could spray paint my make up on every day I'd probably do that.  Maybe I'm on to something here.....hmmmm...

Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One - Oil Rubbed Bronze. Give new life to an old rusty sign.

Anyway, I was outside spray painting the Adirondack chairs I shared a few weeks ago and while I was waiting to spray more coats on the chairs I started looking around and noticed my Welcome Sign and Planter and I thought what in the world happened to them?????

They looked horrible and made the area between my garage doors look anything but fresh and clean...they were the opposite of curb appeal....they were sort of like street repel.

Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One - Oil Rubbed Bronze. Give new life to an old rusty sign.

I went into the garage and looked around for any spray paint that wasn't turquoise, white or orange and spied a can of Rust-Oleum Metallic Paint & Primer in One in Oil Rubbed Bronze.  It was the same can of spray paint I used to make over a plastic garbage can, a shiny gold floor register and my front doorknob - all of which still look fabulous even after 4 years.

Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One - Oil Rubbed Bronze. Give new life to an old rusty sign.

I shook the can and thankfully there was enough to spray paint my Welcome Sign and Planter.

Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One - Oil Rubbed Bronze. Give new life to an old rusty sign.

I was so thrilled with the results.

Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One - Oil Rubbed Bronze. Give new life to an old rusty sign.

I was almost going to throw these away but I am so glad I didn't!

Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One - Oil Rubbed Bronze. Give new life to an old rusty sign.

My only problem now is that I could only find these little yellow flowers to fill the planters....they really need to perk up so wish me luck.

But, they are sort of cute, aren't they?

Have you saved anything with spray paint? If you have I would absolutely LOVE to hear about and see a picture if you have one.  We thrifty gals have got to stick together!

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23 Comments

  1. Kristi Dominguez says:

    Oh my goodness, Mary Beth! You are a hoot! I'm not sure what cracked me up more...the Sanford and Son's reference (of course I remember!!) or "the street of repel" LOL!! It's amazing what a little spray paint can do! Your sign and planter look fabulous!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kristi! I am so glad you remembered Sanford and Son, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have an awesome week and if you're still in NYC enjoy!

  2. This is so pretty, MB! Nice work!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Julie!

  3. Good as new and looking fine!

  4. Wow! I liked the rustic look but the spray paint really made them lovely!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Gracie!

  5. If you figure out the spray painted makeup thing, I'm with you! Great project. I didn't even notice the little spigots until it was all freshened up. Very cute!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Pam, and I will definitely let you know if I figure out the spray paint makeup thing. I'm thinking FaceRight (instead of Homeright) but it's a work in progress. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Spray paint is amazing!!! Your pieces turned out soo good. Good job!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Jessica!

  7. Love this update, and totally agree...spray paint is like cheap magic ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I love it - cheap magic! Thanks so much for stopping by, Cindy!

  8. Wow! What a difference! I love the new fresh look. You would never know you used spray paint. Thank you for the ideas. I look forward to working with you often, Mary Beth. xoxo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Meegan, and I look forward to working with you more often, too. It's been far too long since we've done any hops or projects together. xoxo

  9. laura janning says:

    I save everything with spray paint!!! I loved watching Sanford and Son back in the day ( we are telling our age aren't we?) ...and your little welcome sign.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      We are telling our age but we're gorgeous so it doesn't matter. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don't know what I would do without spray paint, seriously, it saves me so much time and money.

  10. Love the power of spray paint and I love what a change it made to your planter and welcome sign. Such an easy fix but they look great!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Kristi!

  11. Jenna at Wife in Progress says:

    The power of spray paint never ceases to amaze me! So excited to be part of this Thrifty Team with you, Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Jenna!

  12. So cute! What a clever idea and I love your flowers... perky or not! xo