Time for a Quick Transformation with Rust-Oleum

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I take a lot of decorating tips with a grain of salt, because there is rarely an idea that will work for everyone. But if there’s one tip that I swear by, it is the transformative power of paint. Whether you want to change the look and mood of a whole room, or makeover a small trinket that needs some new life, there’s nothing quite like a coat of paint to make a big change without a big financial investment. So when Walmart challenged me to makeover a mystery item using Rust-Oleum products, I immediately knew that regardless of the item, paint would make it all better.

So what was my mystery item? I may be revealing my age with this reference, but let’s just say David the Gnome immediately came to mind.


Yes. My mystery item is a garden gnome.

I admit, I’ve never had much affinity for them. They’ve always been a little too kitschy for my taste. But seeing it affirmed my belief that paint can make anything better. I headed to Walmart and picked up a can of bright yellow, glossy Rust-Oleum spray paint.


I decided to put my new yellow friend in a large pot of bright flowers to keep him company.


First, the gnome. I love Rust-Oleum spray paint because I rarely need primer when I use it. This was no exception.


The first coat covered all David’s colors pretty effectively (the bottom half of the photo above shows the coverage right after I’d started spraying), but I added a light second coat just to make sure the color was even all the way across the surface.


Next, my lovely husband repotted the plants in a large planter we already owned, with the help of some potting soil made specifically for flowers. The last step was adding David to his new gnome home, smack dab in the center of the flowers.


The result is pretty awesome, and just what we needed to brighten up our front entry.

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And now, because that was so easy, I’m reminded of how quickly I can transform otherwise ugly items with spray paint, and I’m looking for something else to paint. I spy a painting spree in my future…

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Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

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  • Avatar anne June 5, 2016, 11:27 am

    I’m not a huge fan of gnomes but I have to say, making this little guy monochromatic was a great improvement. He can actually pass for garden decor that adds a unique personal touch now that he’s all yellow 😉

  • Avatar Heather Brooks August 23, 2016, 12:59 pm

    Very cool, indeed. Marble and bronze items all have one color and they look great. Cheezy items do look better if they are monochromatic. Like fridge penguins. I have one all in black and I love it. Thanks, your blog is awesome!

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