Paint as an Easy Way to Renovate
No matter the economic times, paint is an easy way to renovate your home. Tackle a few minor cosmetic updates with paint, then determine if you want to go endure the headaches, cost and associated delays of a full-blown renovation. Chances are good when you complete your paint renovation, any thoughts of undertaking a large-scale home makeover will be little more than distant memory!
Change the Wall Color
Changing wall colors is the most logical place to begin. A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to change the look of your interior spaces. A new wall color gives you the chance to infuse new life into outdated living spaces.
The simple act of changing the colors of your walls and ceilings can transform a room from dull to dramatic in as little as a few hours. No other renovation project gives you the same bang for your buck. A gallon of high quality paint and supplies can be purchased for around $100. A minimal investment of money and time will completely change your room’s personality and does wonders for your disposition as well!
If you don’t have the time to paint an entire room, consider paint on one wall as an accent. Paint the wall that is directly opposite the room’s entry for the greatest impact. This will also visually balance the room. Choose a contrasting color to energize the space or select a hue that is several shades darker than the other walls for a subtle, monochromatic look.
If you’re feeling super ambitious, try a custom paint technique. Add vertical or horizontal stripes to your room’s walls. Start by applying a base coat that will be one of your stripe colors. Carefully, measure, mark and tape off your alternating stripes. Use a color that compliments the base coat for a sophisticated look. Artistic types can go wild painting geometric shapes and oversized polka dots in a child’s room.
There are also a number of other decorative wall painting techniques that require some practice, but will make a huge impact in your home. Faux finishes such as strie, sponging, ragging, color washing are just a few options to consider. You can even create the look of leather, denim or linen on your walls! Most paint stores or home improvement centers can help with paint and glaze selections and some paint lines even have special tools and instructional brochures that will walk through these painting techniques.
Paint the Front Door
If your exterior paint is in good shape, think about changing the color of your front door. A new coat of paint on the front door improves your home’s curb appeal and provides a warm welcome for friends and family.
Just remember to choose a color that compliments the existing exterior colors of your house. You may want to rethink your plans for an emerald green door if your house is clad in red brick, unless, of course, you want a Christmas-y feeling year round.
Red, black, green and brown are the four most popular paint colors for front doors. Here’s what these colors can mean --
Red – Considered a power color and an indication of passion. By painting you front door red, you’re saying your home is brimming with positive energy and vibrancy.
Black – People who choose black paint for the front door convey a sense of strength, class and authority. This home is stable and owned by a person of influence.
Green – A green front door represents calm, security, health and accord. No wonder it is such a popular door color choice!
Brown – If you choose a brown front door, it can mean one of two things. Brown denotes consistency, warmth and dependability. On the other hand, darker brown colors can mean the inhabitants are anti-social and demand seclusion.
So think twice before you choose your front door color!
Enhance Architectural Features
Happy with your existing wall colors? Why not spruce up your trim, crown molding, niches, columns, mantel or stair railing and spindles? This type of painting requires a steady hand and a bit more skill and prep time, but the results are amazing if you pick the right colors.
For example, if you have builder-grade white on your stair railing, choose an espresso paint color to simulate the look dark wood. It looks stunning with white spindles and a dark wood or laminate floor!
Update Cabinets and Furniture
A coat of paint will also give your worn cabinets and furniture a new lease on life. Just make sure you prep surfaces by sanding them so they will accept and hold paint. You’ll also need to prime surfaces before applying your desired paint color.
One of the most popular paint finishes for cabinets and furniture is an antique look. Antiquing typically requires the addition of a base color that compliments the color of the top coat.
Once the top coat has dried, use a fine grit sandpaper to expose the base coat on areas that would normally receive the most use, like edges and chair arms. Or, you can skip the base coat and simply rub a small amount an antiquing medium in spots over the topcoat to recreate the look of wear and age.
Finish with a coat of clear poly sealer to protect all your hard work, and don’t forget to give each piece a light sanding and cleaning between coats!
Have fun renovating your home with paint!
© 2012 lindacee
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