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How To Spray Paint Home Decor White

I like to spray paint home decor white because I can use the decor in any room of the house. You should gather a few of your home decor accessories and even small furniture pieces and spray paint them all at once. Work smarter……not harder.

It’s easy to paint and distress several photo frames, trays, mirrors, and other home decor accessories in one afternoon. I made a video showing how to distress the paint. It’s short and sweet.

Spray Paint Home Decor White

My idea of a DIY good time is getting out the white spray paint and going to town. Throw in a little sandpaper and it’s a party.

Spray paint home decor white because you can use the decor in any room of the house. Gather home decor accessories and even small furniture pieces and have a spray paint party!

White décor is so clean and fresh looking. I love it even though my home is the total opposite where I surround myself with color.

I do have pops of white throughout the house and wanting more. I may have to rethink my decorating style.

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Gather Project Pieces

During my workshop junk stash purge I gathered a bunch of items to paint, prepped them (if needed), laid them all on tables or pegboard outdoors, and grabbed the can of white spray paint.

Spray paint home decor white because you can use the decor in any room of the house.

Set Up To Paint

Lay out a drop cloth or large boards of some kind to put your paint projects on. You don’t want to lay them on the grass, dirt, or concrete. Protect the surrounding areas from paint.

I try to work smarter, not harder, and this is one of my time savers. Spray paint projects en masse ( fancy French term for group). I used RustOleum spray paint in Heirloom White. What you see in the photos above took about a can and a half of spray paint.

Paint The Items

I gave the chair a base coat of white spray paint then finished it by brushing on a coat of latex paint. It’s hard to get into all the nooks and crannies on chairs and learned a long time ago a light coat of spray paint is a great way to take care of those areas.

Distress The Paint

Distress your painted projects by hand using 3M Flexible Sandpaper ( my new fav) or regular sandpaper. The process is super easy and really fast.

There is no need to try and distress all parts and edges equally. The finished project is much prettier and realistic when distressed in a random fashion. Perfectly imperfect is my go-to look.

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I always fold sandpaper two or three times to get a better grip on it. The regular sandpaper usually tears after just a bit of use but not the flexible kind.

Have A White Spray Paint And Distressing Party

I counted over 15 pieces I painted in one afternoon. This is the perfect time of year to spray paint. The weather is cooler and usually dry so you can spray paint outside….which is what you should do. Never use spray paint indoors.

You don’t have to paint 15 items like I did. Maybe you want to change the décor in one room. Gather a few items and either spray paint them or brush paint them at the same time. You don’t have to use white paint….go with a favorite color.

Examples of home decor to paint with spray paint: lamps, picture frames, countertop utensil holders, wood candlesticks, groups of thrift store wood or ceramic animals (owls, chickens, etc.), silver plate trays or wood trays, and more. Just a few ideas for you.


You can also distress just a few pieces at a time. I do go overboard sometimes. It was a lot of fun though and I’m loving all of the white.

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Pretty little details like those on the mirror really pop after a little distressing. Distressing paint adds depth and character to items. And you know you can distress any color of paint, not just white.

Well I got all those projects spray painted and a table or two brush painted with Reclaim paint. I made a short video (75 seconds) showing how to distress the white paint….

How To Distress White Paint

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This is just a small part of the projects I painted that day. I ‘ll share the Tips For Distressing Painted Furniture) .

Let me know if you watched the video and if you have tried distressing paint. Some of my friends don’t like distressed paint finishes at all. That’s okay, it’s not for everyone.

Products used in this project:
RustOleum Spray Paint – Heirloom White
3M 150 Grit Flexible Sandpaper
Reclaim Paint- Off White
I’m done for now. As always thanks for being here. Have a great day! Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com


  1. Hello, thanks so much for this! I have a really large brown mirror I’d like to paint distressed white. Any recommendations? I have other brown pieces I’d also like to do. Also, do you add a clear protectant after distressing? I’ve seen other videos where they do a base coat first of another color? Is that necessary?
    I’m a little nervous. Thanks!

  2. Kathy, what a fabulous idea! I need to do this, before winter sets in!

    Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It.

  3. Love it. Thank you for linking with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to see you again next week.

  4. I do exactly the same thing Kathy. Of course I do! The name of my blog is White Spray Paint:)
    Thank you for sharing this at TOHOT!


  5. This looks like how I work! I love painting everything white too! I like distressing some pieces, then others I love in a perfect gloss with no imperfections. I guess it really goes down to what the piece is and where I plan on putting it. I like a combination of old and new.

  6. I didn’t paint the table with spray paint but for all those other pieces I used less than two cans of paint.

  7. Great pieces, Kathy. I did watch the video. It was fun to see you moving at such a speed! Now I know how you get so much done all the time!

    Just out of curiosity how many cans of spray paint did you use to do all those pieces? I, too, think that spray paint would be a lot more expensive than brush-on from a regular paint can. Plus, environmentally, spray cans are very bad, which is always a major concern to me.

  8. Just a casual comment, Rustoleum does go right over the rust so you really didn’t need the rust reformer…that’s the reason it is called Rust-oleum! Not sure cost of rust reformer but maybe you would have only spent half? I know the metalics, which I love by the way are more expensive then their other paints!!

  9. I love spray paint. I recently got my granddaughter to spray paint for me because my lungs can’t take the fumes anymore.

  10. I do love spray paint, but, brush on paint really costs a lot less to use on anything but the smallest projects. I acquired 2 rusty green metal plant racks – 40 inches wide, three shelves each, and ended up using 3 cans each of rust reformer and hammered silver Rustoleum spray. They look fabulous, but I should have used the brush on since I ended up spending about 40$ on the paint anyhow! OTOH, since the racks were free, I now have room for all my plants in the rec room, freeing up a guest room for actual guests!

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