I seem to be on a paint kick lately. I hope you don’t mind. I guess painting is just on the brain. A crew of 7 painters is in my home right now finishing up the other half of the common areas that we didn’t finish ourselves.
So, in addition to wall painting tips, I wanted to share other things you can paint.
Do you have a limited decorating budget? Paint is clearly the best bang for your buck when it comes to decorating. Whether it’s spray paint, wall paint or acrylic paint, rest assured that you can find a project that makes an impact in your home. And, chances are, you have some sort of paint just laying around.
Here are 20 things you can paint in your home. Click on the images to be taken to the source where you can learn more.
And, here is a stencil in my last home.
Like the shape, but hate the color? Use spray paint to give them new life.
Is there an old floor that isn’t worth re-finishing or replacing? Paint it.
4. Light fixtures.
Do you have ugly brass fixtures? Though they are coming back into style, maybe you aren’t ready for that. No problem. Paint them. They make metallic spray paint also if you prefer to just move from one metallic color to another.
This is a fun and easy way to update furniture and give a traditional piece a modern flair.
Use a high-heat enamel paint to give a fireplace new life.
Yep, you can even paint stairs. Why not add a whimsical touch and make them fun?
If you are painting over existing paint on stairs or trim, be sure to check to see if it’s oil based or latex (water based). To do this, use denatured alcohol. If it removes the paint, it’s latex. Then, be sure to use the same type of paint over it.
Paint your photo frames. In fact, Rub N Buff works great if you want to turn them a metallic color. It’s even easier than spray paint.
Create a chalkboard with paint.
10. Appliances .
Try Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel paint on appliances, and countertops. It gives a brushed-stainless look that is as durable as an automotive-grade finish.
11. Sink fixtures.
Just like you can paint appliances and light fixtures, you can also paint sink fixtures. It’s much less expensive than replacing a faucet. Rustoleum makes a fantastic oil rubbed bronze paint.
Well, this one is obvious if you’ve ever been on my blog. I painted an upholstered chair. That’s right – the fabric. I used a mixture of water, fabric medium and latex paint to an old wingback chair a new look. I did it not once, but twice.
And, on my chairs page, you can see many, many other examples, as well as other methods.
13. Plastic furniture and toys.
Don’t like the standard color of your plastic lawn furniture or your child’s play house? Krylon now makes a spray paint called Fusion that is made specifically to adhere to plastic. Erin Loechner at DesignForMankind.
Consider painting jars. The paint can just be for a label or can cover the entire jar.
Below are all simple white panels that got painted!
You can even paint rugs. These rugs started out white.
And, a few more just for good measure.
I recently did a post on boldly painted doors, but here are a couple.
I recently posted about a painting that I did and tried to describe the process so you could diy it.
Other diy painted art projects include:
19. Faux Headboard.
Use paint or vinyl decals to create a faux headboard.
The most popular kitchen trend right now is to paint cabinets white or gray. In addition, consider an open cabinet with the back painted a different color, or an island painted a different color than the cabinets.
Do you have plans to paint something in your home? How have you used paint creatively?