We’d all love to be able ‘do up’ our homes whenever we wanted, but the truth is, not many of us have the time or budget for that. The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune to rejuvenate your home, both inside and out. All you need are a few cans of paint and a spare weekend. You’ll be amazed at what a difference paint can make!
You’d be surprised at how dirty walls can become in the home. Years of constant passing, finger marks and general dust form, making them look tired and worn. A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color will breathe life into a room and natural, light colors help to make a space look bigger. Going neutral allows you to have much more fun with accessorizing and furniture choice, too.
#2 Front Door
Whether you are intending to sell your home or just want to make it look nicer, think of the front door as the first thing people will form an impression about. What does it say about you? If it’s run down and shabby then that doesn’t shine a positive light on what lies beyond. A new lick of paint can transform the appearance of your home and why not add a new number or knocker too?
#3 Interior Doors
As we pass through our home in our busy daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the condition of our doors. By sprucing them up, you’ll feel completely differently about your home as it will look smarter and fresher. If you don’t have the budget for a redecoration of a child’s bedroom then let them choose a fun color to paint their bedroom door.
If you’re lucky to have a wooden staircase, you’ll want to make a great feature out of it. Painting can add huge value to your home and all for the cost of a few cans of paint. All you need to do to achieve a beautiful new feature staircase is start with primer, sand down gently and then start with your first coat of paint.
Save yourself a fortune and don’t replace tired, old cabinets or cupboards but sand them down and transform them into vibrant new-looking furniture. To complete the transformation, try adding new handles and knobs. You can pick these up at flea markets and antique stores for very reasonable prices.
For such a heavily used area, your porch can easily get worn down and weathered. If you want to spend more time on your porch for family get togethers or a relaxing place to just watch the world go by, you’ll enjoy it more if it looks great. Treating the floors and any wooden furniture to a makeover will encourage you out onto the porch this summer.
#7 Garage Door
Just like your front door, your garage door is one of the most visible parts of your property. Garage doors are also a large expanse and therefore more noticeable. A fresh lick of paint will work wonders for your curb appeal. For a white house, try a splash of color or for neutral or gray homes, bright white will give a clean, smart appearance.
Dusty, dirty, popcorn ceilings? This will certainly age your property so don’t forget to do the ceilings as well as the walls for a more effective transformation. White paint will make the ceiling look brighter and higher, creating a more airy and spacious feeling. For ease and a more all-encompassing hue, experiment with painting the ceiling and the walls with the same color. Or if you're brave your could try a dark grey paint on a high ceiling with white walls for brightness.
#9 Garden Fences
Fences are a necessary practicality, but that doesn’t mean they have to be dull. Liven up your outdoor space by using a colored paint, which will set off the greenery and plants more vividly and dramatically than before. If that’s too wild, then consider going dark as this will make your garden look bigger. Think of your fencing as the border to a picture frame and you’ll appreciate what a difference some new paint can make.
#10 Window Frames
Old, flaking paint on your frames? Wooden frames are protected from the elements by varnish and paint so it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance – not to mention the fantastic curb appeal you’ll achieve with bright, clean and freshly painted frames. Windows are the eyes that lead to the soul of your home so make sure they’re not weeping!
#11 Wooden Spoons
Such bright-colored kitchen utensils help to show that they don’t need to be a forever dull part of your home. You might finish painting your own fun, vibrant spoons in the space of an afternoon – after which, it’s time to flaunt them to the social media world and see how well their colors coordinate with your actual kitchen or living room.
You might have a quirky party in mind, or just a penchant for collecting things that you couldn’t conceivably have any kind of practical purpose for… so why not turn them into worthy little domestic fashion items in their own right? Whether the toys in question depict football stars, superheroes or any other, completely different characters, there’s nothing wrong with giving them a splash of 20th century fun.
#13 Wooden chests
Whatever age they are, there’s just something about wooden chests that oozes sophistication. Older ones seem to host all manner of fascinating stories. Even better news is that they also lend themselves well to light, tasteful painted updates. Go for a combination of painted and stained finishes to help further create the impression that this is a refuge to which no one other than you and a few choice friends are admitted.
#14 Auto finishes
It might seem like a weird idea, but if you’ve got wood or metal furniture, you could probably do a lot worse than apply automotive paints to it, particularly given the highly glossy, sparkly finish that results. You might not exactly be in a racing car when you’re relaxing among it all at home, but there’s not much you or anyone else can do.
#15 The Rustic Look
The ‘shabby chic’ or distressed look is very much the ‘in’ thing in the world of furniture and home fittings these days, and it’s not as hard to achieve yourself as you might think. Once you’ve used an electric orbital sander to remove the existing finish, apply areas of paint – a single coat each time – in small areas. Then, leave the color to dry before ‘roughing it up’ again.
#16 Vibrant Tables or Stands
It really doesn’t take much to create a mega-compelling conversation piece. Before using it, don’t forget to spray a coat of tinted primer and two coats of sprayed hot pink lacquer, and everyone who sees you will have quite the project to talk about.