Guest Author - Donna Coogan
Youíve probably heard it said before that paint is the cheapest way to transform your home. Itís true. A can of paint will open the door to all sorts of inexpensive decorating possibilities. Consider the examples below.
Donít like your worn wooden floors but canít afford new ones? Then paint the ones you have! Painted floors add charm to any space. Roll on a coat of white for a fresh look or create a checker board pattern set on the diagonal. Customize the borders of your floor with a different paint color or paint quotes around the room. With paint in hand, your floors will look great in no time!
Canít afford a new area rug, but your floor needs some extra oomph? Make your own decorative floorcloth. All you need is an old vinyl remnant with enough square footage to cut into your desired shape. Paint the back of it in fun colors and designs and then slap on a few coats of varnish. Tah dah! You have a custom floorcloth that will add real pizzazz to your room for only a few hours work.
Trekking up the same old boring stairs every day? Wake them up with paint! Use alternating colors on each step or stencil meaningful words on each riser. Paint a faux runner down them in an intricate design. Consider painting the railing, too. Itís touches like these that will make your stairs a joy to go up and down.
Have a mismatched set of framed photographs on the wall? Create a more cohesive look by painting them all one color. Doing so will draw more attention to the focal point of the wall display: your photos.
However, empty frames have their own appeal, too. Gather a dozen or so in assorted sizes and paint them all one color. Then hang them on a blank wall to create architectural interest. This works wonderful over a sofa or along a hallway.
Do you have tired looking furniture? Paint to the rescue! Not an original idea, but the appeal is huge. Why? Because painted furniture totally transforms a piece in no time at all. Youíd be surprised how paint can bring out details that were previously unnoticed. Experiment with a rich color or playful pattern on your pieces to bring a touch of whimsy and personality to your rooms.
Has your front door lost its welcoming appeal? Paint it in a color that really says hello like red, teal or apple green. Youíll love being greeted by it every day and so will your friends.
Do your kitchen cabinets need a makeover? Gone are the days of waiting until you could afford new cabinetry to change the look and feel of your kitchen. If your cabinets are in decent shape, then all you have to do is set aside some time to repaint them. Youíll love the results and the savings!
Whether you paint your floors, doors, furnishings or home accents, your transformations will make a phenomenal difference to your home. Paint is cost effective, easy to apply and provides endless decorating options. Bottom line is you donít have to settle for ugly or boring in your home when thereís a can of paint nearby.