Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor

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Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor

There’s no need to spend a lot of money on holiday décor. Spray paint lets you customize practically any new piece with the color of your choice and allows you to give new life and purpose to existing holiday decorations.

While we completed multiple pieces for our festive room makeover, here’s how we painted the “joy” marquee sign to match the rest of our holiday décor.


Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor

Materials

Step 1: Drop Cloth

Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor
The first step with any project is to locate a well ventilated space for completing your project. The best place to work is the yard or garage (with the garage door open). Once you find the space you are going to work in, simply spread out your drop cloth and get started!


Step 2: Tape

Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor

The Joy Sign we used has beautiful lights built in. In order to protect these lights from spray paint, you will need to tape each light off with a little bit of painter’s tape. Once you have covered each light, you are ready for the sanding step.


Step 3: Sand

Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor

Now that you have your workspace ready to go, and the lights taped off, it’s time to sand your project.

Lightly sanding will help remove any lose paint or debris from the project, ensuring a smooth surface for your next step. Remove any sanding dust from your sign by wiping the surface with a tack cloth or clean dampened cotton cloth.


Step 4: Prime

Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor

Next, apply a good quality primer, like Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Primer. Priming forms a tight bond to surfaces so your topcoat goes on smoother and lasts even longer.

Simply shake the can for one minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Then apply the primer, holding the can 10 to 16 inches from your project in a steady back-and-forth motion.

Apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart to avoid drips and runs.

The primer is ready to be top coated within one hour of drying.


Step 5: Paint

Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor

Now, you are ready to get your glitter on!

First, shake your can of Specialty Glitter in Red for one minute after the mixing ball starts to rattle.

Hold the can 12 to 14 inches away from the surface of the sign, and spray using the same technique you used to prime.

Apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart.

Your sign will be dry to the handle in 60 minutes and fully dry within 24 hours.

Tip: For added protection, continued shine and brilliance, topcoat your completed project with Rust-Oleum Specialty Clear Glitter Sealer.


Put a Little Joy in Your Holiday Décor

The fun doesn’t stop with one item. Head to your local flea market or even your basement for other inexpensive items that can be easily spray painted.

We added touches of red and silver throughout our holiday room.

Let your stocking hangers and wire baskets shine with Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Metallic Apple Red! Add some bling to that old candle holder with Rust-Oleum Specialty Glitter in Silver. Add a touch of winter with Universal French Cream and Castle Rock to warm up your holiday décor.

For more easy DIY holiday projects, head on over to our Holiday page. You can also find inspiration by following us on Pinterest.

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