As the years roll by, you watch everything around your home age. While a really good paint job will stay intact and stand the test of time, there are certain things around the house that start to look worn out or plain boring. As a homeowner, it’s only natural to want to spruce things up but the question is – how? Well, the answer to that, of course, is – paint!
Look around your house and consider, for example, what an old picture frame would like if it had a fresh coat of paint; pretty neat, right? Just like that, you can breathe new life into a lot of things around your home that need a little pick-me-up! Lost for ideas? Well, that’s what we are here for! Read on to learn about various household items that you can ‘paint back to life’!
1. Kitchen Cabinets
As often as you may clean them, your kitchen cabinets are prone to grease stains and grubby fingers. What’s worse, some stains don’t come off very easily or simply leave the cabinets looking extremely dull and aged before time. While a little varnish is also a great way to refresh their exteriors, painting your kitchen cabinets a different colour is a surefire way to bring them back to life!
TIP: Pick colours that tie the room together. For example, a shade to match or complement your kitchen backsplash tiles and/or countertops is a good idea.
2. Night Stand
It’s not always necessary to paint over an entire piece of furniture; sometimes a decorative pattern with a vibrant shade is enough to spruce up household items like, for example, your night stand! A floral or abstract pattern running up the sides is a great way to beautify the furniture piece, as well as the room! What’s more, the possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing a colour and pattern/design; therefore, you get a chance to be as creative as you’d like!
TIP: Choose designs/patterns that match your style of furniture. For example, a vintage motif on an antique night stand will work perfectly.
3. Plant Pots
Even your plant pots grow old and look drab overtime. In fact, painting clay pots will help to preserve the exterior for a longer period of time. Of course, varnish will also do the trick here; however, if you’re looking to change things up, adding colour to plant pots is always the best way to go! It’s a fairly easy and quick do-it-yourself task that will not only protect your plant pots, but also liven up the surrounding area! Bear in mind, the painting of plant pots should be done when they are empty and only on the exteriors.
TIP: For flowering plants, consider matching the colour of the pot to the flower in order to make it pop!
Old lampshades tend to have a dull, faded appearance which brings down the rest of your interiors. While it’s easy to reupholster or re-cover lampshades using the appropriate fabric and glue, a self-coloured paint finish does a better job at standing out while also blending in with your décor at the same time! You will need a heat resistant paint for this and an even application for best results.
TIP: Pick light or dark shades of paint depending on how much light you want the lamp to throw around the room.
5. Old Knick-Knacks
We all have ornaments or knick-knacks scattered around the house that serve as decoration. Typically placed on shelves and tables, these little items beautify an otherwise bare, empty space; therefore, you can’t have them looking aged and drab. For knick-knacks that have lost their vibrancy and new appearance, a little paint will fix them right up! To get the perfect finish, however, it is important to use the right type of paint for the material in question. Have the store clerk advise you on this before making a purchase.
TIP: It’s best to mix and match colours as self-coloured ornaments tend to look rather plain and lifeless.
Folks, there is no end to creativity so don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild when looking to breathe new life into household items that have aged or turned boring to look at!