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!

Choose from a myriad of colors to renovate your house with paint!
Choose from a myriad of colors to renovate your house with paint! | Source

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 A new wall color gives you the chance to infuse new life into outdated living spaces.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!

Add impact by painting an accent wall.
Add impact by painting an accent wall. | Source

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.

Striped walls add a sense of sophistication to a room.
Striped walls add a sense of sophistication to a room. | Source
Unleash your artistic skills in a child's room!
Unleash your artistic skills in a child's room! | Source

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.

A red front door means your house is full of life!
A red front door means your house is full of life! | Source
Choose your front door color carefully.
Choose your front door color carefully. | Source

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!

Change your mantel color to coordinate with other elements in a room.
Change your mantel color to coordinate with other elements in a room. | Source

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!

Prime your cabinets before painting.
Prime your cabinets before painting. | Source

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.

Give furniture new life with a coat of paint.
Give furniture new life with a coat of paint. | Source

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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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Painting can really give a place a make-over. Thanks for these tips!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Glad you enjoyed the tips, rebecca! Yes, paint can make all the difference in the world. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

I've noticed a lot of people doing these tips with furniture. Seems like all old stuff needs is a good coat of paint and it's like new again :) Great hub! Very useful! Voted up and shared!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Great information. Truly sounds simple enough with your great description!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

I LOVE your tips! When it comes to painting, some people see it as such a huge, labor-intensive project, but it's actually not that hard at all. Plus, repainting small furniture pieces, such as a cabinet or table, won't be very time-consuming and can make the room look a lot different. :)


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

CassyLu, yes it does seem to be a popular topic these days. Guess it's a sign of the economy. We're promoting reusing -- that's a good thing -- and you get a beautiful "new" piece of furniture at the same time! Thanks for reading my Hub, the vote and share! Greatly appreciated!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thank you, Angela! Just takes a bit of time an sweat equity. Happy you stopped by to read and comment!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Om, I've always found painting to be therapeutic. Gives me a chance to get lost in my thoughts and put things into perspective. Once I'm in the groove, time just flies. And the end result is so worth it. I'm thrilled you liked the tips!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

A coat of paint is such a great way to renew anything. Your suggestions are all simple to follow and will make the difference without a lot of expense. Highlighting one wall is one that I would like to try in our downstairs living room area. Thanks for the suggestions.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Teaches, paint is relatively easy and inexpensive. You can create instant drama in a room with minimal effort. I think the accent wall is a great idea. I've done it before and it makes a huge difference. Thank you for reading and leaving a thoughtful comment!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

We have a red front door and I love it - it really gives a great punch of color! My little boys' room is all white, but we plan on remedying that soon. We have updated a couple of nightstands that were a horrid sea-foam green - we painted them with a "leather brown" paint and they fit into our guest room nicely. Paint can really update a room for low cost!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

leah, those are great illustrations of the impact of paint! It doesn't take much to change a room. You must write a Hub about painting your son's room. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

Great article! I like the ideas about painting the door or furniture. I have not thought of painting furniture to make a different look. Very creative! My mom has always loved the idea of walls being different colors. Like one of your pictures up above, she enjoys having one more two walls be a bright color for emphasis. It does look pretty cool.

Great article.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks Robert! Now you have some inspiration for your house. Your renovation work, repairs and decorating would make for some great Hubs! Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I agree that painting walls and even trim can make a space new again. Great information here Linda.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks Christy! I'm so happy you checked this Hub out! I'll take painting over a renovation any time!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Sigh, it really is amazing what paint can do. Thanks for all the great ideas!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Paint is renovating and decorating magic. Hmmmm, I could probably do several more Hubs on the same subject. Maybe I will!

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