When you're re-purposing something you already have though, I say go crazy!
We had this old hamper that belonged to my dad way back when that we've been using to store blankets within easy reach of our basement sofa. What it provided in functionality, it lacked in aesthetics. I was all set to donate it a few weeks ago when I thought that it might be a good candidate for some trendy decor styles.
I do love ombre (see here for a culinary interpretation) and because I wasn't too attached to this piece, if I made a total mess of it, it wouldn't be the end of the world. I'd seen variations of this technique online before, and I had some extra spray paint from the lamp I redid a few weeks back, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
To start off, I sprayed the entire thing in a white primer. Be sure to do all your spray painting in a really well ventilated area because it is pretty stinky (and likely terrible for you). Also, don't do what I did and forget to protect your patio stones. Whoops! Who doesn't love a little blue splatter on their patio, though, right!
Once the whole thing was primed, I started with the colour. I casually mapped out in advance where I wanted the three colours to be, and starting with white, I went back and forth lightly spraying until the whole top was done. Next I started using my mid-tone blue and very lightly went back and forth. Luckily, the over spray provided the nice gradual effect I wanted, and the ombre just sort of happened.
Mistakes were made on this project! Below is an image of where I sprayed the middle colour too high up onto the white portion. No biggie. I got out the white spray paint and went over it again.
This is a really forgiving project because you can just keep going over it again and again until you get the look you want.
For the bottom colour, I used a darker shade of blue, but I have to say that it wasn't all that different from the mid-tone I chose. I just did a few more coats until I was happy.
I planned to do this when I knew we were going to have a few consecutive days of good weather because I would highly recommend letting it dry outside for a while. It takes a few days to dry completely and to lose the smell.