Door to Door
If you're in the mood for near-instant gratification, you'll love this quick and easy door project. Simply mark off the area of the door you don't want painted, and cover the rest of with a bold splash of color. To get the full effect, make sure to paint the doorknob, too.
To jazz up a simple desk or dresser, apply a coat of paint to an unexpected area: the sides of the drawers. For best results, prime the surface, then use latex or oil-based paint. You’ll be greeted with a colorful surprise every time you pull out a drawer!
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Do you have a beautiful lamp that simply doesn’t match your decor? Refinish the base with a fresh coat of chalk paint! Ashlea from This Mamas Dance took her project one step further by adding antiquing wax to accentuate the lamp’s details.
Is an ugly backsplash putting a damper on your kitchen? Instead of installing new tile, which takes lots of time and effort, paint over the existing tiles. This major transformation only took one quart of paint, as well as some primer, sandpaper, painters tape, and drop cloths. Always check with the tile manufacturer to determine the best paint and method for the job.
Chances are, you have unused or outdated picture frames stacked in a closet somewhere. Give them a new life with a fresh paint job, and you'll gain the perfect piece for displaying family pictures, artwork, or the weekly menu.
Off the Wall
Who says you your new paint job needs to cover the whole wall? A flat 1" wide craft brush and less than a gallon of paint is all you need to create this freeform statement wall. Just remember to take time to stand back from your wall every now and then, to make sure your pattern is balanced.
If your fireplace underwhelms you, a complete redo is not your only option for making it more appealing. Both tile and brick take very well to paint, and a brightly colored coat or two will make your hearth seem like new. If it's a working fireplace (and you use it), a no-VOC semi-gloss is the best paint for the job.
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Fit and Trim
Sometimes the simplest change can produce dramatic effects, like the shiny black trim on this otherwise white kitchen woodwork. Once you've decided on an accent color, the only other materials you'll need are a ladder, a paintbrush, and a steady hand.
On the Down Low
Have a tired rug that could use a pick me up? A little paint goes a long way when it's used to accent a plain, flat weave rug. After taping down your pattern of choice, a roller brush will help you apply the first coat of cover. A stencil brush will also come in handy if you need to fill in any gaps.
Related: 10 Doable Designs for a DIY Rug
Paint can transform a dated (but functional) piece of furniture for a fraction of the cost it takes to replace it. This old dresser's new look is courtesy of a gray shade of chalk paint, "roughed up" with strategically placed streaks of a darker finishing wax. The result is a charming piece of Americana.
Window of Opportunity
What a difference a little paint makes! By covering only the inside grid of these windows, your eye is drawn to the light and perhaps, a beautiful view. A diligent application of painters' tape will keep you coloring inside the lines.
From the Top
Completely transform a side table in 15 minutes by painting only the top. This shabby-chic design was achieved with chalk paint in a bright blue color, which creates a bold decor statement in an otherwise neutral room.
Cooking with Color
From spoons to spatulas, wooden utensils are a kitchen necessity. Make your utensils both functional and beautiful by painting the handles a vibrant color. All you need is painter’s tape, a foam brush, and some leftover paint. Just be sure not to apply paint to the food-handling part of the utensil, and avoid wetting the painted area for a longer-lasting finish.
Show Your Stripes
Believe it or not, you can paint your kitchen cabinets in an afternoon. For best results, remove the doors and hardware first. Re-installing them is easy, since your drill holes have already been piloted.
New lighting fixtures can cost a pretty penny, especially if you’re seeking an elegant chandelier for the kitchen or dining room. Instead of shelling out the cash, try upgrading your old fixture with a few coats of leftover paint.
Power of Paint
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