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Paint: It’s Not Just for Walls

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Jessica
02.26.13

Does your house make you yawn? Is its style on par with a plain white t-shirt? Then we say it’s time for an upgrade! Enter: brightly colored paint. For less than it would cost you to hire an interior designer (a lot less), you’ll be able to give your house what it needs to go from blah to va-va-voom!

We’re not just talking about your walls, though. Think outside the painting box and try your brush on some offbeat spots around the house. Here are four ideas:

1. Cabinets. If your kitchen is looking a little stark these days, consider painting your cabinets a bright color. Blue cabinets in a white kitchen make a statement, plus bright colors will cover up any nicks or scratches your cabinets have picked up over time!

Designer tip: If you’re not willing to pull the bright-cabinet trigger quite yet, just paint the inside! You can go bright and bold without compromising the look of your kitchen. Plus, seeing a bright yellow or teal when you grab your coffee mug may be just what you need to put a little pep in your morning step!

2. Light fixtures. If want to completely revamp the look of a room without spending a lot of money, spray paint is your new best friend. Next time you check out a thrift store, grab a few old chandeliers or give your current light fixtures a new look. With a few coats of spray paint they’ll look bold, modern and new! Before you get spray-happy, read these tips.

3. Ceilings. Did you know that you have five walls? If you’ve been reading design blogs lately, you know there’s been a lot of talk about the “fifth wall” (your ceiling). We don’t mind a plain white ceiling, but we love a colorful one! If you’re ready for the trend, follow these tips:

  • Stick with light or metallic colors. Darker colors tend to make your room look smaller.
  • Make sure your paint roller has an extension handle. That way, you don’t need a ladder and you’ll save some time.
  • If your ceiling is textured, use a ¾-inch nap roller. Otherwise, you won’t get full coverage over the bumps.
  • Paint will drip, so remove all of your furniture (or cover it with drop cloths) before you start painting. You don’t want your heirloom dining room table to turn into a splash-paint décor piece, do you?

4. Floors. If you’re a little under the moon about the floor pattern in your kitchen or bathroom, but don’t want to dip into your house fund to replace it, there’s another option. Paint! It’s important that you only use paint specifically designed for your floor and that your floor is really, really clean before you start painting. Also be sure to follow the instructions on the floor-paint can carefully. Note: If you have pets or small children, painting your floors may not be the way to go. Paint is toxic to dogs if ingested, and they may not be able to resist licking your freshly painted floor. Use caution and your best judgment!

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