I went to Goodwill and picked up two green plastic bowls and one silver platter (all for under $5). Initially I planned to spray paint all three a fun color (we were thinking of going with a reddish orange) but then I realized the silver platter was real, hand-wrought silver and decided it would be dumb to cheapen something beautifully hand-made by spray painting it. Instead I spray painted the plastic bowls to match the platter.
This is an easy/quick DIY, but does take a few days to complete if you apply several coats and allow each coat of paint to dry overnight. I sprayed the bowls over 3-4 days and ran into some unexpected issues. To learn more (from my mistakes) + see my step-by-step pics, get clickin' on "Read More" below.
Let each coat of paint dry overnight. Repeat the sanding/tacking with alcohol process described above before adding each fresh coat of paint. Apply 3-4 coats of paint, as much as you need until it looks "done" to you.
Annnd that's kind of it. I know it's not the most complex process, but my sister asked me "how to spray paint" so I figured this little DIY was worth sharing with the world.