Simple Coat of Paint

paintbrush2
paintbrush2

{My favorite paint brush that's gotten' around}

I believe a fresh coat of paint makes everything look better. Before I donate or get rid of furniture, I try to salvage it with a new coat of paint. Nine times out of ten, the makeover works and I end up hanging on to the item longer than anticipated. Giving life to your existing items is an easy way to spruce up a blah area in your home or an item you've been hanging on to. Painting doesn't have to be intimidating,  the most time consuming part is usually the prep. If you prepare properly, you set yourself up for zero headache and a smooth paint session.

greenpot
greenpot

{Give life to terra-cotta planting pots with a bright & fun coat of paint}

Untitled-4
Untitled-4

{Vintage side table brought back to life with white paint & fun knobs}

Common materials you may need for painting:

  • Drop cloth (I use an old sheet)
  • Paint of your choice (spray paint or regular paint)
  • Paint brush (I'm a big fan of Purdy paint brushes)
  • Paint tray and liner
  • Flat head screw driver for opening your paint can and a hammer for sealing the can
  • Painters tape
  • Sand paper  (for stripping old paint or shiny finishes)
shelf
shelf

{Patio storage shelves and closet made new again with a fresh coat of paint}

Some projects definitely take longer than others, but its fun and rewarding when you finish. Painting is by far the cheapest way to give your things an instant makeover! Paint cost between $10 - $30 per can. If you are scared to commit to a color, try starting with sample paint first, those are $3-$5. If you're on a tight budget, check out the "oops section" of your hardware store, this section carries paints that the store has messed up on.  The "oops paint" is typically marked down 50% - 75%. Sometimes I get lucky and can find the perfect color.

One thing you need to know before choosing your paint is the type of finish you want.

  • Flat Paint = Matte finish, zero shine
  • Eggshell = Satin finish, slightly more shine than flat paint but zero gloss
  • Semi Gloss = More durable than eggshell, good for kids rooms, high traffic areas and bathrooms
  • High Gloss = Better for windows, trim and furniture

Don't be intimidated. If you have questions along the way, ask the guy/girl at the hardware store. They do this for a living and can lead you in the right direction. Otherwise, hit YouTube up. There are a million videos that will walk you through the steps of painting.

paintbrush3
paintbrush3