Thursday, March 29, 2012

Making your house a Home - Paint

This is the first post in the series "Making your house a Home." I have planned this series to give you some helpful and inexpensive ideas that will take your house from boring to beautiful!
Paint is one of the least expensive ways to update your home. My husband has crazy painting skills, and you better believe I take full advantage of that.

Here are some of the things we've transformed with paint.

The wall and table in our Entry-

Our Kitchen Cabinets-

Our Living Room-

Our Master Bathroom-

We painted almost every surface in the bathroom (all but the tub and shower.) Unfortunately, I did not take a before picture of the light in there, but it looked the same except instead of the hammered metal look it was a rusty chrome look. I am not at all in love with this fixture, but it works fine for now. I can't even imagine staring up at it from the bath tub when it was all rusty. 
There will be more bathroom shots in the future. The painting is done, but we are replacing all the hardware and fixtures, and apparently I am not a plumber (this came as a surprise to me when I got shot back by a huge stream of water while trying to replace the shower knob in Olivia's bathroom.) 

Overall you can get a very big impact for a fraction of the cost of buying something new, whether it is furniture, wallpaper, a fixture or something else. Chances are if you don't like the finish it could easily be changed with paint. 

Some Painting Tips
  • Invest in a good quality all purpose brush. 
    • We really like Wooster Chinex FTP (Purdy is another option, and might be easier to find.)
  • Check your paint stores sale table 
    • We have found some really great products this way. Everything from spray paint to an awesome mis-tinted wall paint. If you don't see a sale or mis-tint area ask!
  • Don't be afraid to try something unique, after all it is just paint, and if you don't like it, or grow tired of it, you can always paint it again with something more traditional. 
    • Worst case scenario, there's always paint stripper and some sand paper.
  • Look for furniture with great lines and sturdy bones. 
    • It's amazing what a little wood filler/ spackle and some primer can do to a bad finish.
  • Take inspiration from magazines and websites 
    • my favorite place to organize inspiration is always Pinterest.
  • For a great tutorial on painting furniture visit Centsational Girl. She has some really great tips, my husband read over them, and he gives her his pro-painter stamp of approval, which says a lot.
If you have any other questions about painting please feel free to ask in the comments section. Also, if you've been inspired by any of our painting projects please share your finished walls, cabinets and furniture with us. I would love to post them here on the old bliggity blog. Email Me! 

Click here to see all our paint related posts, and be sure to stop back soon because we have some really great painting projects in the works right now!

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  1. Paint is amazing, we just finished our kitchen cabinets as well. What a difference it makes.

    1. I visited your site, and let me just tell you that I am in awe of your kitchen. You had such great bones to start with! Now that your cabinets and counters are done it looks like a whole new kitchen. You did an amazing job! We only have about 17 cabinets total, and I thought refinishing them was a nightmare. I can't imagine doing 40+. My hat goes off to you!


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