Five DIY Home Projects With Automotive Paint

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If you thought automotive paint was just for touching up imperfections on your automobile, you will probably be surprised to learn that it can be used on a number of DIY projects that have nothing to do with vehicles. This paint is high gloss and durable, and it is available in a wide selection of colors, making it ideal for adding a novel twist to your home décor. Check out these five amazing ways to use automotive paint.

1. Outdoor Furniture

If your outdoor furniture is looking a little ratty, you can give it a facelift with automotive paint. It works on wood, metal or plastic and gives your furniture a clean, sleek appearance. You will need to clean the furniture and apply a coat of primer first. Look in the automotive aisle for the appropriate primer for the type of paint you choose. Metallic or chrome colors create an industrial look, while primary colors lift the mood and add energy to the area. Choose a color that complements the architecture of your home or blends with the existing garden décor.

2. Kitchen Appliances

If you love the retro or vintage look, automotive paint may be just what you are looking for to add a little pizazz to your kitchen appliances. This works especially well for small appliances such as blenders, but you can paint your major appliances too. Bright red is reminiscent of old time soda shops, while solid black gives a more industrial look. Metal and chrome paints add sparkle and shine to the kitchen and complement nearly any style.

3. Cupboards, Cabinets and Dressers

If your cabinets are looking tired and worn, a coat of bright paint may save the day. Glossy white reflects light and creates the illusion of sparkling clean surfaces, but you can choose any color that fits with your décor. Because the paint is high gloss and durable, wiping away grimy fingerprints or spills is a breeze. Automotive paint works well in the kitchen, but don't overlook the bathroom and laundry area. Try painting an old dresser with automotive paint and use it to store fresh linens or as storage in the bathroom. 

4. Accent Pieces

Decorative items, such as lamps and desk accessories, take on a new look when you paint them in decorative colors. Think metallic or chrome painted baskets filled with evergreens for the holidays or bright vases overflowing with dried flowers for everyday use.  Try reviving old picture frames, or the frames of decorative mirrors, with automotive paint to liven up a room.

5. Plant Pots and Containers

If you are tired of boring plant pots and containers but aren't willing to invest in the cost of decorative containers, you can transform buckets and bins into one-of-a-kind planters by painting them with automotive paint.  Shop yard sales, or go through the attic and garage, for containers. Think old paint buckets, baskets and even old coffee cans. Once painted, these containers will last for years in your garden – but don't forget to add drainage holes in the bottom to keep your plants happy.

Tips for Painting with Automotive Paint

  • Paint will not adhere to soiled or wet items. Always clean and strip furniture or other painted items before attempting to paint them.
  • Repair any cracks or broken parts before you paint them.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear a face mask and protective clothing when working with automotive spray paint. You can find the masks near the paint in the automotive section.
  • Take large projects to an automotive paint shop and ask them to spray them for you. Some may be willing to come to your home to spray cabinets, walls or other stationary fixtures.

Once you use auto paint for your DIY projects, you'll wonder why you never thought of it before. Its rich colors and durable surface makes it a natural for high-traffic areas and outside décor.

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