Want to use paint to give something a gradient or interesting paint job? Here’s How to Create an Ombre Look with Spray Paint!
You may or may not remember that we previously had a snake plan next to our TV stand. Well, it wasn’t doing too hot, so I moved it over to be near a window next to our fiddle leaf fig planter (hello, plant corner!) and that left the corner next to the TV stand empty.
I would love a plant there, but with zero natural light, it’s really a plant graveyard. So, I decided to hunt for a basket.
I found an interesting tall basket at Goodwill on one of my weekly shopping trips, but once I got it home I realized that it was the exact color of our floors.
I wanted more of a pop, so I decided to jazz it up with some spray paint. So, without further ado, here is how to spray paint a two color ombré basket.
How to Create an Ombre Look with Spray Paint
Here’s how easy to get an ombre effect with spray paint on a basket!
What you need:
- A basket (or anything you want to paint!)
- 2 colors of spray paint – preferably the same color family in 2 shades
- Optional: spray paint comfort grip
What you do:
Always use spray paint in a well ventilated area, and wear socks or close toed shoes if you don’t want painted feet!
Start with the shade that you want on the bottom half of your basket. For me, this was the darker shade. Spray the lower 2/3 of the basket with that darker color.
Now pick up the lighter or second color of spray paint. You want to paint the top 1/2 of the basket solid with this color.
Once that area is filled in, you want to start to fade into the middle third of the basket. Hold the can 10-12″ away from the basket and move quickly to get a light coat.
Step back frequently to get a feel for how your colors are looking.
I went back and made the top 2-3″ of the basket really thick with the lighter paint, just to make the ombré, which is still subtle, a bit more obvious.
Allow to dry according to the directions on the paint. Trust me, don’t try to move it early!
I love the blue basket in our sunroom and really like the gradual, subtle ombré.
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Here's how easy it is to use spray paint to get an ombre effect!
- Spray paint in at least 2 colors
- Item you want to paint
- Optional: comfort grip
- Drop cloth
- Clean your item thoroughly - you don't want to paint dirt on
- Set down a drop cloth and place your item on it
- Start with the darker shade. Spray paint the bottom 2/3 of your item that color.
- Use the lighter color to paint the top 1/2.
- Once that area is filled in, you want to start to fade into the middle third of the basket. Hold the can 10-12″ away from the basket and move quickly to get a light coat.
- You can go back and make the top 2-3″ of the basket really thick with the lighter paint, just to make the ombré, if it is still subtle, a bit more obvious.
- Let dry completely.
Hello, I’m Morgan, half of the creative force behind CharlestonCrafted.com! With a passion for DIY that dates back to 2012, I’ve transformed three homes and now I’m dedicated to helping others craft their dream spaces. Let’s turn your house into a home together!