Now THIS is a cool lockdown craft and anytime activity…

June 30, 2020

A few weeks ago I received a craft hamper from Rust-Oleum (the home and industry spray paint kings), and being uncrafty, I wondered what on earth to do with them. I know people who spray paint furniture and decor items, and literally transform rooms and spaces… but I’m not one of them.

Anyway, my son was the first to get to the box, to hydro-dip his shoes. He had seen it on YouTube, and wanted to give it a go. Hydro dipping is a process of decorating something (like shoes) where paint resting on the surface of water is then transferred onto an object through dipping. Google

Anyway, there are loads of videos demonstrating hydro-dipping (this is a pretty good one), and my son did it by himself, and was happy with the results (he used green and black):

There are hundreds of other things you can do with Rust-Oleum products – you can create chalkboard walls, update garden furniture, paint basketware, decor items, drawers, furniture, chairs, frames, crockery, appliances and more.

There’s even a glow-in-the-dark spray, and glitter spray. Basically, whatever you can think of that you could transform or update, you can use a Rust-Oleum spray for it.

So go on, paint (spray) the town (home) red (or any other colour).

Here’s some project inspiration:

Here are some tips before you start any paint project:

·         Shake the can for up to a minute before spraying – you need to hear the mixing ball rattle

·         Hold the can upright at least 20 – 30cm away from the object you are painting

·         Several light coats is best – one coat not enough

·         Keep moving your hand from left to right while spray paint and keep the can in motion to ensure you don’t get drips and runs

·         Always observe drying times between coats. In most cases you must add your second coat within an hour of the first coat. If you miss this timeframe then you must wait 48hours before applying the second or third coats

·         Always read the on-can instructions to be sure of drying times, substrate usage, priming, painting and sealing requirements

·         Some paints are only for indoor use – be sure to check you are not using an indoor paint for an outside project

·         Always paint in a well ventilated area to avoid breathing in fumes

Have a look here for incredible projects using rust-Oleum projects.

A bottle of Rust-Oleum costs around R150, and they’re available from hardware stores.

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