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Spray Painted Chargers

Last year as I was setting the dining room table on Thanksgiving Eve, I realized I was in need of two additional chargers.  And, since my initial remedy for any decor dilemma is to "paint it," I did just that.

Before Thanksgiving, I bought the last of these adorable Better Homes and Gardens Harvest Leaf Chargers at our local Walmart but somehow ended up needing two more.  (I believe this particular charger has been discontinued but a very similar pattern is in stock in stores this year.)

While searching my stockpile of chargers, I didn't find any with a Fall theme.  If you live in a city, this isn't a crisis, but we are an hour away from any craft or decor stores, so a quick trip to Hobby Lobby or Home Goods wasn't an option.   

After repeated failed attempts to work a couple of the gold ones into the tablescape, I knew another solution was needed.  At $1.99 for each of the gold chargers, it was worth a try to spray paint them, and would certainly not be a big loss if they didn't turn out well.

With no time to prep and prime the gold chargers, I jumped right in with my can of Rust-Oleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) spray paint.  The label claims it is for "any surface" and sprayed "at any angle."  If you've not yet tried it, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to use - the spray nozzle really does spray consistently and smoothly at any angle. 

I gave them two light coats of ORB, letting them dry between coats.  Love the hint of gold that showed through the ORB paint, making them look somewhat distressed.  

You'll notice one area on the lower right side of the charger where the gold finish didn't take the spray paint very well - it could have been prevented with a coat of primer - but, I'm embracing the imperfection.  :)

If you're in need of total coverage and solid colored chargers, you can continue to add additional coats of spray paint until you reach the depth of color you're after. 

My goal was to have the outer edge of the spray painted chargers (the part of the charger not hidden by the dinner plate) match the Fall-themed chargers in color, even though they didn't have a textured border. 

After letting them dry overnight, I worked them in among the other chargers in the tablescape ... thankfully, they blended right in!  I was thrilled that the quick fix worked beautifully!

I think it would be fun to apply stickers to the chargers before painting, and then remove them to reveal a design or border, don't you?  They could also be stenciled.  Just remember to put your design as close to the outside edge of the charger as possible - so your dinner plate doesn't cover the design. 

Or, by using a clear dinner plate, you can place your design anywhere you like on the charger - wouldn't a monogram in the center be awesome?  

Wishing you a wonderfully creative day! 

Thank you to Thoughts from Alice and Oh My Heartsie Girl for graciously featuring this post!


  1. I love how these turned out and I think the "texture" caused by not priming makes them even nicer! Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Weekend!

  2. You have wonderful tips here! I like the idea of adding stickers before painting to add a design. I can't believe I never thought about painting chargers before. Such a good idea! I think yours blend in perfectly now. :)

  3. You are so resourceful and creative!

  4. They look great, imperfections and all! Gotta love Rust-oleum - my favorite spray paint.

    1. Hi, Marie! I was really impressed with the spray nozzle - felt a little odd, tho, not having my fingers covered in paint as they were when using the old style spray paints. :)

  5. thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire. Very pretty

  6. Wow... I love how similar they look! It's always nice when a project turns out fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays... can't wait to see your links this week! Don't forget to link up tomorrow!

  7. Chargers are so pretty.. Great idea. I have been reading your blog tonight.. Totally enjoying.

    1. So glad you stopped by and I appreciate all your comments, Judy! :)


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