Paint What?

Amber Randhawa Homeowner and Homebuyer Tips

Changing the look of a room by giving the walls a fresh coat of paint is one of the most common and easiest projects most homeowners will do.  But there are so many other things in your home that can be given a new look with a few swipes of a paintbrush!  With just a few extra tools, you can use commonly found paints to change the color and texture of unexpected items around your home. We’ve throw together a list of a few of our favorite items around the house that you may not realize you can paint.


Appliances

Breathe new life into your kitchen or basement kitchenette by using paint to transform a white or black appliance into stainless steel.  Liquid stainless steel paint brushes on easily and when dry, still repels fingerprints and holds magnets just like the real thing. This product works on refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and you can even update the look of your laundry room by using it on your washer and dryer.

Faucets

Did you purchase an older home with dated, brass bathroom fixtures? No need to replace them when you can paint them! Metallic paint in a shade like rubbed bronze or aged copper look great when painted over brass.  The trick is to apply several thin coats with plenty of drying time in between each – a full 24 hours is best.

Whiteboards

Whiteboards tend to get harder to clean with age, leaving tell-tale signs of the last words and drawings written even after they are wiped clean. You can easily refinish your board with a coat of whiteboard paint!  This is much easier than replacing a large board hanging in your office, and can also extend the life of your kids smaller and portable boards.

Curtains

Here’s a fun idea for a guestroom or tween bedroom – paint the curtains! Use painter’s tape to tape off lines for stripes or chevron patterns, then use fabric paint to create coordinating stripes. You can use regular latex paint on your curtain fabric, but you will need to thin the paint first with textile medium, available at your local craft store.


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