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Revitalize junk with paint

Get more life out of your stuff with just a coat (or two) or paint!

With summer right around the corner, many people start their spring cleaning, assessing their stuff and tossing anything superfluous.

But not so fast! Before you chuck your junk, consider revitalizing it.

A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for your outdated, antediluvian belongings, and is far cheaper than replacing them outright. It may even result in a more brilliant piece than you had before.

And with sunnier days ahead, small improvement projects are a great way to spend a weekend dans l’air frais.


It’s all in the pre-game

The first thing you’ll need to do is prepare the surface you’re painting. Without adequate prep, your paint job will peel off with disagreeable haste.

Any furniture or items made of wood should be sanded with a power sander, and swept clean of dusty debris. To properly prepare metals, use a coarse wire brush to scrape off rust (which will eat through your paint job), then clean the surface with a damp cloth.

Plastic can be difficult to repaint; for the most part, it’s not possible to successfully repaint plastics like laminate floors or counters. But if you’re going to venture into these parts, plan to do it right: sand using a fine-grit paper so the paint will have a rough surface to stick to. Soak a piece of cloth with alcohol, and rub it to remove remaining glossy surfaces and to clean it thoroughly.

As always, ensure your paint area is ready by putting down a drop cloth and ensuring the room is well ventilated. Take apart furniture and paint components for an even coat that doesn’t ruin screws or nails.

Selecting a spread

With your surfaces ready, you can start painting! Your paint choice will be essential to perfecting your refinishing project.

For ferrous or galvanized metal, Kelly-Moore suggests using an acrylic metal primer, but switching to a bond adhesive plus interior/exterior sealer.

If you’re staining wood, be sure to pick an appropriate shade and type (interior/exterior) and sand evenly before you put it on! Otherwise, wood will accept almost any kind of paint (acrylic, house paint) so determine the item’s eventual purpose to make an appropriate decision.

As a non-porous substance, plastic can be challenging to paint. However, some products have been developed for it, including Krylon Fusion for Plastic®, Valspar® Plastic Spray Paint, and Rust-Oleum Specialty Paint For Plastic Spray. Finally, using spray paint may offer you a more even coat.


And finally…

Our final piece of advice is to always ensure the first coat is dry before applying a second coat. Give furniture a day to dry before you take a seat!

Remember, any junk can be revitalized – and a simple coat of paint can keep it out of the landfill. It also makes wonderful gifts for friends, who will be amazed at the time and effort you devoted to a unique piece they can keep in their home.

For more inspiration on how to revitalize your space with paint, check out this blog post from our sister company, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING!

Have you been able to extend the life of your stuff by painting it? Show us examples below!

Sarah Gray is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, and sister companies You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. She’s known for her can-do attitude, whether it comes to communications or home improvement projects. Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

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