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Black Spray Paint: A Gothic Home Decor Tutorial

Posted by Rain on Sep 30th 2019

Black Spray Paint:  A Gothic Home Decor Tutorial

"I see a red door and I want it painted black  No colors anymore, I want them to turn black."  - Rolling Stones

Color trends come and go, but one thing remains certain; black never goes out of style.  A while ago I had the idea to transform some things that I had collected with black paint.  I admit, I've always enjoyed hunting for treasures at garage sales and thrift stores.  There's something magical about finding a unique object that one can no longer find in regular stores.  Have you ever held an old object and imagined its previous life and wondered who owned it?  Some things just sort of speak to me and I end up taking them home with ideas to refurbish or repaint them.  I love collecting old bottles, tea cups and antique boxes and often revamp or alter them and give them a new life.  

One day I had an idea for some of the items that I wasn't sure what to do with.  Armed with a black can of spray paint and a respirator (safety first!) I laughed maniacally with joy as I turned the previously abandoned items into lovely things that I now display and cherish.

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I'm excited to share this with all of you because it is so quick and easy.  Instant gratification? Yes!  My favorite paint to use is the one below since it covers everything – metal, ceramic, wood, plastic and glass! It's a paint and primer all in one saving you the extra steps and dries with a lovely satin finish.

I also love the low VOC spray paint shown below in red, but the colors are more limited.

Project List:

Protective gloves


Plastic or paper bags

Items that you want to transform

Spray paint


1. Start by cleaning the items you are painting and if it's glass, use rubbing alcohol to clean any residue.

2. Prepare a surface outside by covering it with plastic, or I like to use paper bags because I have a ton of them and they don't blow around as much. If it's too windy, you may want to wait until it calms down otherwise it will affect the direction of the spray paint and make it look uneven.

3. Place your items a few inches apart and shake the spray paint can according to the directions. For the best results, don't skip this step otherwise the paint may not come out evenly.

4. Another important thing not to skip is the respirator to protect yourself from any chemical fumes. I use the one below since it's comfortable and stays cool.

5. After putting on the gloves, you can start to paint. I usually do a test spray on the paper to make sure the can isn't clogged if it's not new. Hold the can about 8” away from the items spray a few coats back and forth in even sweeping motions. Allow them to dry completely before turning and spraying the other side(s).

Below are my before and after pictures and I just love how they turned out!

The first photo shows some glass and ceramic items that I found that had some imperfections and chips in the paint.

The next photo is of some old Halloween decorations I had hanging around as well as an altered maple syrup bottle that I decorated with one of the skeletons and some clay.  (You can see the painted finished product in the store.)

I want to see what items you found to transform, please share your before and after photos with me, I'd love to see them!