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Some home projects can be completed in a quick 10 minutes to a couple hours with a coat or two of paint. If it's not in the budget to replace outdated items, give them new life by painting them!
Since our recent move into the Hobbit House, there have been seemingly endless items on my To Do list and my eventual "Want To Do" list. Many of the minor changes or updates still need to be thought out and the money can be better spent on bigger, more necessary projects (like that hole in the roof we discovered and had fixed a couple weeks ago).
While painting a room takes a few hours, painting decor can give a much-needed update to not only the items, but also to the room itself.
Don't Like It? Paint It!
Our living room fireplace is outdated. I am pretty sure everything is original from the '70s. While I'd love to paint or at least white-wash the bricks and replace the mantle (I got vetoed), I was able to give it an update by spray painting the fireplace grill. It was an outdated gold and is not a more-modern-less-eyesore oil rubbed bronze.
Painting A Room
As you can see in the first photo in the gallery, every room in the house was originally painted a dark tan color, and nearly every room in the house had one blue-gray accent wall. The living room has a very awkward picture frame molding that is super wide. It really makes it tough to decorate the walls and was so oddly sectioned off in rectangles. I painted the walls that are covered with this trim in white (Benjamin Moore's White Dove), then painted the trim to match so the white shades weren't different. The top parts of the walls are painted in Sherwin Williams' Silver Strand, a gray-green color that sometimes takes on a seafoam to pale blue color depending on the lighting in this north-facing room.
I spray-painted the fireplace grill with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. It took me about three times longer to actually tape off the fireplace than to spray paint it.
Spray paint tangent: I love spray paint. It is cheap, so quick and easy to do, and it dries fast so that you get nearly instant gratification-- something that is super rare in a home project.
Some of my other quick spraypaint endeavors include:
Our alphabet magnets on the fridge (from assorted colors to gold).
Our mermaid statues on the pool's waterfall (from a light blue to gold).
The hands on my Hobbit-inspired clock (from red and white to gold and oil-rubbed bronze).
Our coat rack (from turquoise to rose gold).
Our Halloween plastic jack-o-lantern pails (from orange to gold and black to gold).
If you're not super fond of something, but aren't able to rip it down or replace it, try painting it. Or if you do like it but don't like the color, PAINT IT. (Kind of what I did to the porcelain bathroom countertop that was cream-colored.)
That latter was the case with this shelf I found at Ross. It was less than $10 and I really liked it, but it was a pastel green color. So I bought it and painted it with some of the leftover White Dove. (I gladly would have spray painted it if I had an eggshell white spray paint.)
I really dislike the old lightbox in our kitchen, but since the ceilings aren't very tall, I am nervous to replace it with a hanging light. In the meantime, (while I try to figure out a better option) I have painted it the cherry-red wood to the same white mentioned earlier. It blends it better and doesn't clash as badly as before. (I also painted this room and the dining room in Sherwin Williams' Agreeable Gray.)
What have you updated with paint or spray paint? Tell me in the comments below!