Don’t Buy A New One – Paint the Old One!

    imagesWhen you live in a house for a long period of time, things start to break down and wear out.  The cost of home ownership often times requires replacing these items such as flooring, carpet, appliances, cabinets, etc.  It doesn’t take too many of these projects to amass a large bill.

    What most people don’t realize is you can revive many items in your house with a fresh coat of paint.  That’s right, paint isn’t only for walls anymore.

    Here’s a look at all the many ways you can bring things to life with paint.

    Carpet

    We’ll start with the most shocking of items.  Did you know that you can paint carpet?  If not, you aren’t alone.  This is a household item many people didn’t know could be painted.  Replacing carpet can be expensive and cumbersome.  Moving furniture, pulling up old carpet, and lugging heavy rolls of new carpet upstairs are all less than desirable tasks.  Here’s how to paint it.

    1.  Very important – Choose an upholstery paint designed for carpet.

    2. Clean your carpet thoroughly removing all dirt and stains.

    3.  Use a spray paint for even coverage – This idea is best for shorter carpet styles.  Longer carpet styles don’t do as well with paint.

    4. Use painters tape to create stripes or design in your carpet.

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    Cabinets

    Repainted cabinets are very popular these days.  New cabinets can be very, very expensive.  For example, if your kitchen has dark wood cabinets, try painting them white for a revived and brighter look.  Don’t just go out to the hardware store and buy a can of paint.  Repainting kitchen cabinets takes some preparation and knowledge in order to make them look right.  Check out this link for details on how to do so.

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    Exterior Doors

    Ever noticed how exterior side of your doors get worn and battered by weather and the elements?  A nice touch to an exterior door is a nice glossy black or dark brown.   If your door has glass trim you can accentuate the trim with a bright white.  Don’t worry if the outside color of the door doesn’t match the inside.

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    Appliances

    Have you ever been jealous of your neighbors stainless steel refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher?  Now you too can have stainless steel looking appliances.  All you have to do is paint them.  Yes, there is paint available in a stainless steel look that is designed for appliances.  Make those appliances look modern for just a fraction of the cost.

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    Brick

    Painting brick can be a lot of fun and really transform its look.  Maybe you have a brick fireplace or a brick wall in your house.  If you don’t like the way it looks or feels, then just paint it!  Of course there is paint designed for this as well, but be certain you like the color of paint as painting brick is almost always permanent.

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