Most homeowners think to paint their walls when considering what DIY upgrades to make. While slapping on a fresh coat of paint is an excellent idea, there are several other things you can paint to spruce up your space.
Painting is an inexpensive home improvement project that won’t take up too much of your time. Instead of groaning about how much work you have to do to your home, focus on how great your place will look after tackling seven items you didn’t know you could paint.
1. Kitchen Countertops
Consider painting your kitchen countertops if you’re sick of the way they look and don’t want to spend the time and money replacing them. Paint is relatively cheap and this project is an easy one that can be completed fairly quickly. HGTV says you can mimic the look of granite by painting your countertops with a faux granite finish, or the look of stainless steel with a shiny, satin-finish paint in a gray-blue metallic palette. Choose a glossy, bright white if you want to make your kitchen look bigger.
Before you begin your project, you need to sand and prime the countertop. The trick to a successful painting spree is to apply several thin coats. DIY experts recommend at least three, with as many as 24 hours in between each coat.
2. Bathroom Vanity
I can attest to how awesome an old vanity looks after a few layers of new paint. My vanity was outdated and had lightwood doors and brass knobs. The rest of the bathroom was in good shape, so instead of gutting the entire bath I grabbed some primer, white paint and spent a weekend transforming my vanity from drab to fab. The white paint made the room look bigger and more modern. See our article, DIY Tips For How To Paint Bathroom Cabinets, for step-by-step instructions.
3. An Ugly Bathtub
Yes, your bathtub and shower tile walls can all be painted. To show you how magical this transformation is, see this blog of a woman who updated an old pink bathtub for under $30! Not only that, it came out looking wonderful. This is an affordable and very doable painting project that’ll make you love your bathroom again without spending a fortune.
4. Dull Kitchen Cabinets
Painting your cabinets is a quick and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a face-lift. Your first order of business should be to select the right primer and paint for the material you’re working with in your kitchen. If you’re unsure of the material, take one of the doors to a local home improvement store and they’ll be able to tell you. Put your paint supplies to work in the room you use the most in your home. You won’t be disappointed.
5. Old Furniture
I’m certain you know that painting old furniture is an option, but maybe you’re not sure where to start or what to paint. Well, that’s why I’m here to help. Yes, you can paint furniture you already have around the house, or you can go to your local IKEA store and buy a cheap wood table and fancy it up with paint and gloss. This is so much more reasonable than spending your money on all new furniture pieces.
6. Dated Faucet
Replacing a faucet is expensive and unnecessary if you have paint and a passion for a little DIY work. There are a few different ways you can go with this painting project. Either leave your faucet intact and use tape to protect the space around your faucet from the paint, or find a video on YouTube that explains how to take out your faucet and drain assembly and spray paint them outdoors.
Begin by scuffing the faucet with a Scotch-Brite heavy duty sponge. Spray several thin coats of primer and then add your spray paint. Oil-rubbed bronze and silver are two excellent color choices to consider. Wrap up the project by applying a topcoat finish of your choosing. Remember that applying multiple thin layers is what’s going to get you the best results.
7. Door Knobs & Hinges
Are you sick and tired of your dated door knobs and hinges? If you’re ready for a change and don’t want to spend a great deal of money replacing your door and hardware, look to add a fresh layer of paint. Covering knobs and hinges with metal spray paint is a budget-friendly and timesaving alternate solution.
Remove your hardware and wipe it down with steel wool. Sand the door knob and place a small piece of folded painter's tape in the keyhole. Apply the metallic primer and your spray paint to finish the job.
Painting is fun and rewarding when you have the right attitude and are willing to experiment with what you already have in your home. The next time you’re looking to make changes in your home, take a look around and see what items may look better with new paint . These seven examples should give you the confidence to tackle additional small projects in your home.
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