17. DIY Outdoor Planters
Well, isn’t that just the smartest idea!? Turn plastic trash cans into large outdoor planters, and save a couple hundred bucks! With the hammered spray paint, you would never guess that these planters were made out of plastic! The original source and instructions for this no longer exists (I think the website expired), but the idea is to spray paint cheap, plastic trash cans and fill them with cinder block or rocks before adding soil to weigh them down.
18. Update Your Countertops
I’ll bet you never thought you could transform an ugly laminate countertop for less than $10 with spray paint! And, the Bright Green Door will give you all of the details and instructions for this money-saving project. You won’t believe the before and after pics! I just love remodeling projects that cost next to nothing.
19. Overhaul An Old Rug
Spray painting a rug may sound kind of scary, but there is a paint that is made just for this! Apparently it dries soft (that’s pretty important for a rug), but keep in mind that you will need several coats depending on what you are painting. Check out the instructions and tips for this project over at The Good, The Bad & The Truth!
20. Update Your Vent Covers
If you have vent covers that look battered and dingy, don’t even think about replacing them when you can spray paint them for about ten bucks! This also works really well for outdated light fixtures. Just visit The Frugal Homemaker to see how it’s done!
21. PVC Pipe Curtain Rods
What a clever idea! Use PVC pipe and spray paint for plastic to make curtain rods for so much less than you could buy them for. Not only that, but you can completely customize them that way, which may come in handy if you have an odd size or an irregular corner. Visit 7 Layer Studio for the instructions (including what she did for the ends).
22. Beautify A Basket
Two Delighted will show you how to use spray paint on baskets to give them a quick update and make them more interesting. I love the metallic silver they chose for this laundry basket! You could also use bright or pastel colors for a kid’s room, or even just a darker brown on old baskets that need a little modernizing.
23. Painted Rocks Rock
Take rocks from blah to beautiful with a metallic spray paint! I love how Club Chica Circle (instructions there) incorporated them into a candle centerpiece, but you could also use painted rocks as a vase filler for twigs and branches.
24. Customize Your String Lights
This would be incredibly difficult for the small string lights (because the bulbs don’t come out), but any of the string lights with removable bulbs can be easily painted with these instructions and tips from Landeelu! These could be used for any time of the year, and customized to match your decor.