How to Give Your Tools a Glam Makeover with Gold Spraypaint

Gold and glam hammer screwdriver scissors pliers level drill blade power tool makeover with spraypaint by The Decor Guru Have you ever been so amazed at how wonderful spray paint is that you start looking for more and more things to paint? I used to get frustrated when spraypainting but when I learned how to do it correctly, I fell in love. I started going through everything to see what else I paint, and went to town on several frames, brackets, baskets, etc. It was during that frenzy of painting that I decided to give my prettify my tools as well. Read along for my tips on how you can also give your power tools the Midas touch with a few coats of gold spraypaint.

My power trio:  Rustoleum Universal Metallic in Champagne Mist, Rustoleum Universal Metallic in Pure Gold, and Rustoleum Painters Touch 2X Ultra Cover in Matte Clear.

Rustoleum champagne mist pure gold acrylic matte clear spraypaint makeover for power tools by The Decor Guru

Read the can! I haven’t met a spraypaint that didn’t have fine print on the back. Here, you will find specific instructions on how often you can recoat, the time to wait in between coats, temperature, etc. I never paid attention to the fine print before but now see what a difference it makes.

Be patient. Summer in Ohio often means unpredictable weather, so after reading the directions on the back of the can, I made sure to stay within the guidelines of temperature and humidity. Yes, it may take two weeks to complete your makeover because of heat, rain, and humidity, but it will be well worth the wait.

Snap a pic of your tools before you dismantle them for painting. THANK GOD I did this before taking apart my cordless drill. I’m not sure I’d have been able to put it back together later on.dismantled cordless drill before glam gold spraypaint tool makeover by The Decor Guru

Consider the wear and tear of the tool. If it’s something that will be used a lot and with repeated force, you probably won’t want to paint it. I know, the can says “paint + primer in one” but trust me, it’s not that durable.

Instead, you can opt to only spraypaint the part of the tool that won’t endure a lot of force. For example, I only painted the handles of my hammers, scissors, and screwdriver.

Remove or cover any pieces you don’t want painted. Painters tape is a must! This includes foam or plastic parts on the tools. I tried painting some foam cushioned sleeves on my needle-nose pliers and it didn’t take. I was able to save the pliers by just removing them and painting the entire tool. 🙂

During process gold glam tool spray paint makeover tools by The Decor Guru

Finish up with a sealer. You can use a glossy finish to create even more glamor, but I prefer a matte acrylic spraypaint. I found that even after completely drying, some of my tools had a tackiness. Using the matte finish slightly dulled the sheen, but totally took care of the stickiness.

Here’s a sneak peak of the glam tools in my home office, which is also receiving a makeover:

Gold and glam hammer screwdriver scissors pliers level drill blade power tool makeover with spraypaint Office makeover with steel pegboard by The DIY Homegirl

Are you also a spraypaint-aholic? What spraypaint projects have you embarked on this summer?
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11 Comments on How to Give Your Tools a Glam Makeover with Gold Spraypaint

  1. What a genius idea. Featuring this brilliance when my link party opens up tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Carrie From Carrie This Home // 08/08/2014 at 1:24 PM // Reply

    I LOVE this idea! Who says power tools have to be masculine? I’ll be pinning this to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop Link Ups board. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  3. This is such a good idea. I love my gold spray paint but would never have thought of this. Great tips based on your experiences too – thanks.

  4. Robin~AllThingsHeartandHome // 08/10/2014 at 8:03 PM // Reply

    Those are FANTASTIC! I love the idea! Thanks for linking at Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

  5. Every woman need her own set of pretty tools. Many years ago, I didn’t understand why someone would buy me a pink set of tools for a wedding gift. I was a silly young twenty-something. Actually, I’ve just about have worn them out. I never thought about making my own girly set. Thanks

  6. Do you use all three on the tools? I’m looking for a perfect bronzy gold color in spray paint.

    • I used one of the golds and the sealer on the tools; I just used one gold for some tools and the other shade for other tools. So you would only need one color (make sure it has primer in it) plus the sealer to take away the tackiness. Good luck! Bronze is hot right now!

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