Ever since J.Crew started hand painting their rhinestone embellishments this summer, I’ve been in love with the look of matte, painted rhinestones. While I love a sparkly necklace as much as the next girl, I think this opaque look adds a modern touch to any ensemble. I was looking for an excuse to try my hand at this trend when I stumbled upon this Bauble Bar necklace the other day. I decided to grab a can of spray paint and turn an old necklace into my new favorite accessory.
HERE’S HOW I DID IT:
1. Find an old rhinestone necklace. Ones with flat settings (like this one) and pronged settings work equally as well.
2. Tape off the parts of the necklace you don’t want to paint. I used Frog Tape to tape off the chain on both sides of the necklace, but you can also use plain blue painter’s tape.
3. Lay necklace on a flat surface covered in newspaper.
4. Following the directions on the spray paint can, apply one thin coat of spray paint. Let dry for a few minutes and apply another thin coat, being careful to cover areas you missed the first time around. Remember, it’s better to use a couple thin coats than one thick coat, because you don’t want ugly drips on those rhinestones.
5. Follow the instructions on the bottle to let dry (usually takes about 24 hours to fully dry). Then peel off the tape and you’re good to go!
All in all, I think I spent more time picking out the color of spray paint than I did actually doing this project, and it cost me next to nothing. This is such an easy way to revamp necklaces that may have been laying in your jewelry box for a few months too long. Plus, spray painting is, like, addictively fun.