…kitchen time series: spray paint

You may think I’m crazy to suggest spray paint for your interiors, but it has come a really long way. Rust-Oleum is just one of the brands that make spray paint in all colors for wood, metal and plastic. They don’t have every color of the rainbow, but they do make the basics and that’s all you will need.


When Dear Husband and I were first married we wanted a little, white kitchen. We were given a fridge by my boss at the time (Miss you, Cherrie!) and an oven from my sister-in-law. Both pieces were a cream color. Once the cabinets were finished, counter tops in and floor installed, we took the appliances outdoors to spray paint. We used a white color that was heat resistant for the oven and the same white for the exterior of the fridge. We live in that house for 5 years with not a single issue – no peeling or scratching.


This is kinda where my addiction to paint & refreshing old things started. I started to spray paint everything that needed it. I used to go to yard sales all over the place to find little chairs & tables for our home. We really didn’t have much furniture starting out and certainly no budget. I spray painted light fixtures, fire place screens, stools, door handles, etc.

Before I send you out into the great abbys of spray paint, let me give you a few pointers.

#1 – Size of piece. If you are tackeling a large piece like a buffet/hutch that is tall and wide and just HUGE. Then I’d think about doing ASCP or a Benjamin Moore. It will be easier to be consistent. If it is a small piece or object with turns & crevices, you will be super excited at how this type of paint covers.

#2 – You will most likely need 3 coats so buy enough spray paint.

#3 – Practice spraying on the grass to make sure you know how the nosel works

#4 – ALWAYS spray in a ventilated area preferably outside. NEVER spray inside.

#5 – Do not spray when it’s windy out. Sounds silly, but the paint will literally catch wind and you will get paint on whatever is next to you or several feet down – like you house!

#6 – Spray your first coat LIGHTLY. Do not try to get full coverage at this step.

#7 – Let dry per instructions on the paint can. LET DRY FULLY, meaning if you touch it and it’s tacky then wait.

#8 – Go over with another layer trying to fill in some of the blank spots. The biggest trick when spray painting is that you do not want to use too much at a time. It will clump and run and look BAD. GO SLOWLY.

#9 – Still not covered? Let dry and repeat.

#10 – Messed up and you are so mad you want to throw the piece? Lightly sand down clumpy parts and start over.

#11 – Like I always say, start small.




  1. Hi Christen,
    so glad you posted this. As a lover of ASCP I was feeling guilty for spray painting a few pieces. Felt like I was cheating. I too have used Rust-oleum and find it is great for getting at tricky areas that paint doesn’t seem to reach. I have to tell you that I have never replied to anyone on the internet and never followed any blogs until yours. When looking at doing up old furniture I came across you on you tube. At the time we weren’t able to get ASCP in Australia, then a customer came into my shop (I have a small furniture/homewares store) and just happened to mention she had bought some. You can imagine my excitement! My next day off I travelled an hour away to purchase a few tins and haven’t looked back. I recommend it to anyone that shows an interest in painting furniture and send them to the lovely couple that stocks it. Wish I could become a stockist, but its not financially possible at the moment. Who know what the future holds?
    Just wanted to let you know that you have been and still are an absolute inspiration.

  2. Brittany Pollock says:

    Hi Kristen,

    Have you ever used a paint sprayer machine on any of your pieces?

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