Spray paint all of the things!! I will shout it from the rooftops! Shiplappers, I am hooked. There is a “chalk paint” movement sweeping the design world. What is chalk paint you ask? Chalk paint is typically a water-based decorative paint that dries in a powdery, chalk-like finish. In a design sense, it flows extremely well with the rustic, farmhouse look because it is not high gloss and shiny,both of which tend to give a modern or contemporary feel. A popular brand of chalk paint is made by a company called Annie Sloan. They offer an array of chalk paint colours to choose from.
So naturally, I am ALL OVER the look of chalk paint. There is just something about the powdery, matte finish that appeals to my inner Joanna Gaines. I especially love the soft neutral colours that tend to be featured in chalk paint palettes. So you can imagine my excitement when I came across a new line of chalk spray paint by Rust-Oleum called “Chalked Ultra Matte Paint” at (none-other-than) Walmart! Before I knew it, I had 3 cans of prettily coloured chalk spray paint in my shopping cart. It took a significant amount of restraint, but I returned two of the cans to the shelf and left the store with a single can, costing about $10. I ended up with a colour called “Serenity Blue”, a subtle and chalky muted blue/green. It’s a colour that I felt would work well with my current decor scheme, plus I really just liked the look of it and knew that I could make it work in the space in our new home as well.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to use the spray paint for initially. After some mulling, I decide that I would focus on some office/desk organization supplies. Since I launched Chasing Shiplap, I have realized that it would be beneficial to have a dedicated workspace for myself in our new home when we move. With that in mind, I hit the Dollarama to find some inexpensive pieces to transform for my soon-to-be workspace. Dollarama did not disappoint. I ended up getting a wire mesh file holder, letter organizer with pen compartments, a rectangular pen cup, and a shallow circular cup. Each piece is from the same collection so they coordinate perfectly and ranged in price from $1.50-$3.00 per item. For fun I also grabbed a wooden picture frame ($3.00), and a package of metal drawer knobs ($2.00). Finally, I loaded my basket up with some cute and colourful pens, pencils, erasers, binder clips, and a package ofchalkboard style labels, to stock my new desktop.
Fast forward to spray painting time. I did the painting in our garage with the garage doors open for good ventilation. It took me about 5-7 minutes to spray all of the pieces. I let them dry for the rest of the day, and applied a second coat the next morning. I am really happy with how they turned out! The chalk paint added a subtle hint of colour and softness to the gray metal Dollarama pieces.
To add an extra element of style, I added the little chalkboard labels (you can actually write on them with chalk!) that I found at the Dollarama to a couple of the pieces. They make the file holder and cup holder stand out more, but also add a functional component if you have multiple pieces that and want to further organize with labels!
I did a mock up of a desktop using the little built-in desk area (aka junk surface) in our kitchen. I borrowed a few other items in from various places around my house to set up the space in a way that I found to be visually appealing and a functional use of the space and supplies as well. Here is the end result!
I hope this displays how easy it is to transform basic items into something a bit more exciting! The beauty about using spray paint is that it is super easy, fast, and it comes in such a variety of colours making it super simple to customize your items any way that you would like. Here at Chasing Shiplap, we love simplicity and versatility!
I also painted the picture frame and drawer knobs that I picked up at the Dollarama. If you have a desk with drawer knobs or pulls, you can add continuity with your colour scheme by painting them too!
Spray painting things can become a little addictive. I was having so much fun that I went looking for something else to paint! I found and old paper towel holder that was in a box of items to be donated. I happily sprayed it, reminiscing about when my husband and I purchased it (for $8) for the first apartment that we lived in when we moved to Ontario. Realizing that the paper towel holder had been with us for 12 years, I was glad that I found a way to give it new life and hang onto it a little while longer. Here it is, looking like it has had a talk show makeover! It now sits on my counter, newly liberated from the donation bin. I get a warm tingly feeling in my heart when I can repurpose old stuff! If you have any old items that you are on the fence about keeping, consider giving them a facelift and new life with a couple of coats of spray paint!
Having my new, pretty, office supplies and paper towel holder fuels my motivation to continue on this blogging journey. I can’t wait to share my workspace set up in our new home in the coming weeks! Until then, I’ll be Chasing Shiplap, and I encourage you to go get your paint on!