Papercrafting Organization: Altered Storage Furnishings
Papercrafting organization doesn’t have to be boring – liven up your furnishings with paint!
Have you ever looked at your craft room or art studio and wondered how you could liven it up without spending a fortune?
Or looked at furnishings in other areas of your home and thought, hmmm, that would work great for storing (fill in the blank), but it doesn’t match my color scheme?
Or considered buying plug-and-play units, such as those from Go-Organize.com, but wished they were available in a variety of colors or patterns?
Well, you’re in luck!
We’ve found a simple – and inexpensive – solution for all of the above!
After all, we knew y’all were counting on us to share the latest and greatest with you!
And to be quite honest, I didn’t know much about their paint offerings and was curious to see what they offered beyond “regular” spray paint.
Well, if you checked out our CHA Mega Show 2015 coverage, you got a glimpse at all the fabulous ways Krylon paints can be used to decorate not just your craft space, but your whole home.
The variety of project samples was impressive!
I spent almost an hour (which is a long time when you have hundreds of booths to visit in 3 days!) checking out each displayed project and peppering their PR team with questions.
“What did you use on this one?” “How did you get that look?” “Is this ornament painted with one paint first and then dipped in glitter, or?”
And on and on it went.
Luckily, they were able to tell me what products were used for each and every project I asked about.
Of course this peaked my curiosity and led to me asking about painting plastic-coated, MDF units, like those sold by Go-Organize.com (and other suppliers).
“Does Krylon make a paint that works on that type of surface?”
I soon had the answer I was looking for – yes, they have a product for that. Yay!
After a few follow-up emails, and decisions about which colors I wanted to try, I was sent four cans of Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer spray paint.
(Please see product information at the end of this post.*)
I received two cans each of two different colors of this spray paint: Banner Red and Gold Metallic.
Oh, and a Krylon Snap & Spray Spray Paint handle (which, according to the package, turns any spray can into a spray gun).
Please note: The Snap & Spray handle I received looked a bit different from this one – perhaps a newer model?
I chose the Banner Red spray paint because I know red is a popular color for crafty spaces and I love really deep, bright red (which this is).
I chose the Gold Metallic spray paint because of the gold craze going on right now – it’s everywhere!
The next decision centered around which units I would try this paint on first.
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I assembled the units when they arrived (I should note that they were quick and easy to assemble), but ended up having to wait a while to paint them due to the unusual Spring weather we were having here in Texas.
Tip #1: The painting instructions suggest painting outdoors, or in a very well-ventilated area.
Outdoors was my only option so I had to wait for Mother Nature to cooperate.
Tip #2: The can instructions also suggest you paint when the air and surface temperature is between 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4-26.7 degrees Celsius), and NOT when there is high humidity.
Again, Mother Nature prevailed.
It was warm and humid and I was afraid the paint wouldn’t cure so I waited…not so patiently.
Finally, we had a cooler day, and no rain, and I couldn’t get outside quick enough!
Tip #3: Protect surrounding areas.
I used a large cardboard box that had been cut open and I laid it out on the grass, making sure there was plenty of cardboard between the edge of the units I’d be painting and the edge of the grass (no red or gold grass for this family!).
Tip #4: Tape everything off very well, with NEW painter’s tape, and firmly press the tape edges in place.
I wanted to see what the Letterpress Trays would look like with the edges of the trays left white so I taped them off. Unfortunately the painter’s tape I was using didn’t stick completely (even after burnishing it to the surface of the unit) and a bit of paint seeped underneath.
Now, this isn’t a big deal for my project because I can simply paint the Letterpress Trays’ edges red, but if you’re painting something that requires certain areas to remain the color they are pre-painting, you’ll want to heed this tip!
Tip #5: I suggest using painting pyramids (shown above, under the base unit) when painting most anything that requires you to get the paint all the way to the edges of what you’re painting (the edges that are sitting on the cardboard) – these small plastic pyramids hold your item up off the surface (i.e., off the cardboard) so you can get good coverage on all edges.
But, be warned! Paint will get underneath what you’re painting when you use these pyramids, so tape off the bottom of what you’re painting if you don’t want it painted.
Yup, lesson learned!
On to painting the Letterpress Trays Organizer…
I snapped the Krylon Snap & Spray handle onto the can of Banner Red spray paint and started spraying the Letterpress Trays Organizer.
I then removed the drawers from the base unit and set about taping off those areas I didn’t want painted red.
I stuffed the base unit with newspaper and taped it to the inside edge so no paint got inside the unit.
I taped off the front inside edges of the trays so they would remain white, and taped all around the tray fronts so the paint would only end up on the fronts and not the sides, undersides or insides.
Tip #6: Days with no wind are best!
The day I painted there was just a slight breeze, but it was strong enough that it scattered the paint a bit and I had to go over some areas several times.
Unfortunately, this caused the paint on the backside of the unit I was painting to run a bit.
Tip #7: It’s best to spray multiple thin coats rather than spraying a lot at once.
It’s important to note that the run I ended up with was not the fault of the paint, but of the painter – me!
I should have waited for the wind to subside, or at least waited for the first thin coat to dry a bit before attempting to add more paint where the breeze had blown away the stream of paint, but I was too impatient after waiting so long for a good-weather day.
Don’t be Steph – be patient!
Once I had a nice even coat on all sides of the unit, I let the unit dry for a couple hours, testing its “done-ness” several times during that time period.
The can instructions state that the paint will be dry to the touch in 25 minutes and your painted item can be handled in one hour.
I found this to be true.
Further instructions suggest applying additional coats within 6 hours, or after 24 hours.
I applied another coat approximately 3 hours after the first thin coats, and again let the unit dry for a couple of hours.
On to painting the Memo Board…
I started by taping off the white wooden edges of the Memo Board so that just the metal front surface was showing.
I then positioned the Memo Board face-up on the cardboard, making sure there was enough cardboard showing around all four sides of the Memo Board so that our grass wouldn’t get painted gold.
I popped the Krylon Snap & Spray handle off of the can of Banner Red spray paint and onto the can of Gold Metallic spray paint, which I’d shaken for just over a minute.
Tip #8: Be sure to read the instruction on spray paints to see if they should be shaken, and for how long a period of time.
Krylon suggests the Dual Superbond Paint + Primer be shaken for 1-2 minutes, and during use.
I then started spraying the Memo Board, holding the can approximately six inches away from the board and applying the paint by spraying in a sweeping motion.
This went much quicker than the painting of the Letterpress Trays Organizer, as you would expect since it’s a much simpler unit, and I was done with the first coat in no time.
A second coat was added about 2 hours later and I was done!
I waited approximately two hours before attempting to remove the painter’s tape from both units (remember the Krylon instructions state that the painted piece can be handled an hour after painting).
Tip #9: Almost forgot this one – if you are painting a unit with drawers, it’s best to remove the drawers and paint all components separately. Then, let them dry completely before re-assembling the unit.
All in all, painting with the Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer was a great experience, especially for someone (me!) who has sometimes found it challenging to produce great results with spray paints.
But then came the real test – does the paint hold up well?
I can tell you it does!
I placed both items in my garage so they could fully “cure” and I waited a few days before attempting to scratch the paint off (just to see if it would hold up to abuse, you know, like the kind crafters tend to dish out to our poor craft rooms!).
I can tell you the paint didn’t scratch off, even when I scraped my fingernail and the edge of a pair of scissors across the surfaces.
Now I didn’t try to “gouge” the paint, but I believe it will hold up well to general everyday wear and tear.
And, should your painted project ever get really abused, you can always add a refresher coat…using the tips shared above (and instructions below)!
In case you want to give this a try, here are most of the instructions from the cans of Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer spray paint (for those who might, like me, find the small type on the can a bit hard to read!):
Use On: All metals, wood, plastics, laminates, hard-to-adhere surfaces, masonry, concrete, wicker, ceramic, glass and plaster.
Painting Conditions: Spray outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Protect surrounding areas. Best results when air and surface temperature is between 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4-26.7 degrees Celsius). For best results, do not use in high humidity.
Painting: Shake can 1-2 minutes and during use. Test spray in an inconspicuous area for compatibility. Hold can 6-8 inches from surface, spray in sweeping motion side to side with slight overlap. Apply multiple thin coats.
Dry & Application Times: Dries to the touch in 25 minutes. Handle in one hour. Apply additional coats within 6 hours or after 24 hours.
After Use: To prevent clogs, hold can upside down and spray until clear gas appears.To clean paint on spray tip, wear eye protection and wipe off with lacquer thinner. Do not stick pin in spray tip opening. Recycle empty can and cap per local regulations.
Tip #10: Be sure to read ALL instructions before using this or other paint or chemical products – not doing so could result in harm (seriously) or less than desirable results.
*Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer Product Information:
- Krylon offers new breakthrough technology with Dual® Superbond® Paint + Primer, making its premium product even better
- New proprietary formula features the performance of a high-adhesion, specialty primer to ensure top performance even on hard-to-paint surfaces such as plastics, laminates and melamine
- Provides ultimate coverage and maximum rust protection
- Two-in-one product preps the surface for adhesion, durability and coverage – no sanding or priming required
- Krylon’s exclusive EZ Touch® conical spray tip requires the lowest force to spray on the market, reducing finger fatigue and maximizing comfort, while minimizing the occurrence of runs and drips
- In addition to plastics, laminates and melamine, Dual Superbond Paint + Primer can be used on a wide variety of commonly painted materials including metal, wood, masonry, concrete, wicker, ceramic, glass and plaster
- Featured in 24 colors in gloss, satin and flat finishes
- Available at local hardware and home centers at a suggested retail price of $4.99 to $5.99
Well, what do you think about this –
are you thinking you want to give this spray-painting thing a try?
And, if you’ve already tried it and been thrilled with the results,
or disheartened, please share your experience –
we’d all like to learn from you!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on our process and project,
the products we used and,
what YOU’D paint if YOU had a can of
the Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer Spray Paint
(and a Krylon Snap & Spray handle)
and which color paint you’d choose.
Well crafters and organizers, that’s all for today – we sure hope you enjoyed our altered storage furnishings project and review of the Krylon products used.
We sure had fun trying them out and sharing the experience with all of you.
If you’d like to learn more about Krylon and/or their products, we invite you to visit and follow them:
A big thank you to Krylon for providing us with the Dual Superbond Paint + Primer spray paint and Snap & Spray handle so we could test them out on the furnishings from Go-Organize.com.
And another big thank-you to Go-Organize.com for providing us with the Letterpress Drawers Organizer and Memo Board w/Magnetic Canisters so we could see how they’d look altered with paint!
For more information on Go-Organize.com, our wonderful site sponsor, and/or the two products they sent us for this project, please visit and follow them:
- Go-Organize.com’s Website
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And don’t forget about the Memorial Day Sale at Go-Organize.com!
Thanks for tuning in today and happy altering,
Steph & The PCC Team
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