Cure Your Cabin Fever with 20 Easy Paint Projects

Going stir-crazy indoors? Stir up some paint, whip out that paint brush, and put on your painter’s hat! Then, get started on these 20 DIY paint projects around the house—and beat the end-of-winter blues.

  1. Answer the Door

    Yellow door

    To close the door on dated hardware, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Giving worn doorknobs a fresh coat of paint does a lot to make a room look neater, tidier, and well-maintained.

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  2. Bookish Charm

    Metallic painted bookends

    A bookshelf full of best-sellers deserves a little bling. Open a new chapter to style with these decked-out bookends made from humble rocks spray painted in a metallic hue. Attach cork pads to the base of each bookend to give your shelf a scratch-proof, storybook ending!

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  3. Stick a Fork in It

    Painted utensils

    Etsy via MAGICxWINDOW

    Sure, you don't NEED to paint your wooden kitchen utensils. But there's no reason not to do just that. Take them down from their spot on your kitchen shelves, then dip the handles of spoons, forks, and spatulas in paint for a modern, dip-dyed look.

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  4. Classy Storage

    Chalkboard labels

    Why reserve imagination for the classroom? Preserve it at home in these fun and functional chalkboard-label jars made from glass jars and lids coated with chalkboard and spray paint. Once dry, affix cardstock cutout labels coated in chalkboard paint for an A+ finish!

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  5. Wallflower Blooms

    Garden trellis

    This vertical herb garden is perfect for horizontally-challenged terraces or backyards. To get growing, assemble scrap wood into a trellis with holes drilled in for screw hooks. Onto the hooks, hang mini paint pots filled with herbs to put your green thumb on display in a space-smart way!

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  6. Couched in Color

    Painted couch

    Everyday sofa spills don’t have to remain a stain on your past—or your old upholstery. Conceal old stains or outdated fabrics by brushing your couch with thin coats of a combination of fabric medium and latex paint. Let the paint dry overnight to reveal crisp, comfy, and colorful fabric come morning!

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  7. Would-be Wood

    Faux bois painting

    Turn a washed-up laundry room into a woodland wonderland with this faux bois makeshift countertop placed atop appliances. After applying a base coat to an MDF board, use a wood grain rocker to apply a woodgrain finish of one-part latex paint, one-part glaze—and bring the outdoors indoors!

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  8. Mat Finish

    Painted rug

    Inspired by high-end rugs with hand-stitched embroidery, this no-sew knock-off turns a budget buy into a design statement. On a bargain jute rug, affix painter’s tape in stripes, painting over and between these stripes. Remove the tape to uncover an artisanal rug made without a stitch!

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  9. Inside Job

    Painted cabinets

    If painting your cabinets sounds like too much work, why not add a little personality to the inside instead? A fresh coat of paint on the interior can infuse cabinets—and their contents—with color and possibility. Don’t forget to choose a shade that accentuates the room’s paint scheme.

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  10. Turn the (End) Tables

    Painted end table

    If a wooden end table is looking weathered beyond its years, don’t scrap it! Its age can be leveraged to turn it into an eye-catching antique furnishing. Start by applying a coat of paint. Then, sand and glaze the table for a distressed finish!

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  11. Edgy Solution

    Painted cutting board

    Skip the colorful—and costly—commercial cutting boards and opt for these homemade equivalents. They're more than attractive accents; these cutting board help prevent the spread of germs when prepping dinner. Using a wood burning pen and wooden letter stamps, individually brand bamboo cutting boards to identify their purpose. Paint the edges of each board to complete the look.

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  12. Sweeten the Pot

    Painted plant pots

    To spruce up ordinary planters into these two-tone, scalloped-edge pots, raid the craft closet for acrylic paint, circular stickers, and a paint brush. After adhering halved stickers to the edge of each pot, paint and then peel the stickers off to reveal a melting pot of colors!

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  13. Dressed for Success

    Painted dresser

    If your vintage wooden dresser no longer fits your evolving style, redress the problem with a splash of creativity and a few coats of paint. If you choose a neutral shade of paint, accentuate it with a pop of color on the cabinet knobs or drawer pulls.

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  14. Wall-to-Wall Style

    Painted patterned mudroom

    If you're design style is bold, consider this design for mudroom walls. Coat your blank walls head-to-toe in geometric or asymmetrical shapes applied using a paintbrush and stencils. Employ black and white for a high contrast finish, or vivid hues to add a playful burst of color.

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  15. Royal Window Treatment

    Green window trim

    Photo: Styled by, photography by Christine Dirkschneider Ballard

    These DIY painted windows prove that window dressings don’t start and end with blinds or curtains. On the contrary, painting the trim of a window is an effective and affordable way to create contrast against muted walls while inviting in more natural light.

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  16. Photogenic Subject

    Painted picture frames

    Etsy via wanderingstarfish

    This picture-perfect frame wasn’t photo ready to begin with, but hand-painting it in a serene teal with perky white polka dots makes it come to life. After drilling a dowel in the back of the frame, stand it vertically or horizontally to put memorable moments on display.

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  17. Bright Idea

    Painted desk lamp

    With time, even the light of your life—your floor lamp—could use brightening up. Fortunately, it’s easy to renew an old lamp with paint. After applying painters tape over electrical cords, spray paint the body. Allow the lamp to dry overnight and then let your hard work shine!

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  18. Take the Floor

    Painted welcome mat

    Leave your guests a little message at the door with a personalized welcome mat. Cut acrylic pieces to create a custom stencil of a monogram, salutation, or witticism. Adhere the stencil to the mat and spray paint over it to leave behind your note for incoming visitors.

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  19. Door-to-Door Approach

    Painted entry way door

    Zillow Digs home in Rye, NY

    Doors are often one of the first surfaces in the home to be forgotten—and one of the last to be painted. That might be a mistake; a fresh coat of paint and a splash of color on door panels conceals stains from years of use and freshens an entire room.

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  20. Find Your Marbles

    Faux marble countertop

    Transform dull countertops into a luxury-look feature. This marble-inspired MDF countertop was created by applying a base coat of paint, then finished with paint and glaze applied with a sea sponge and a feather.

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