PaintingA fresh coat of paint can spruce up a house, but repainting a room or your home”™s exterior is only the tip of the iceberg. Your house can take on a whole new look if you”™re willing to entertain a little bit of unconventional thinking. Here, we have compiled a list of five commonly overlooked items that you should consider painting to freshen up your home”™s appearance.

Inside Your Kitchen Cabinets

Hidden away behind doors and clutter is a space that could use a fresh twist. Cabinet exteriors are often painted, but it”™s their interior that is often ignored. This tip works especially well when glass doors are in play. An illusion can be cast making your room appear larger than reality by painting cabinet interiors to match surround trim.

Glass Furniture

Giving glass furniture a coat of paint can take an already unique design and elevate it to the next level.

This can be done to mirrors and windows for an artistic flair, but works best on glass end and coffee tables. Paint the underside of a glass table to add designs or accent other furniture. Be certain that it is the underside you”™re painting, as a painted top surface is prone to scratching and scuffing.

Before painting, clean the table with rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth to remove any dust, debris, or foreign liquids. It”™s also beneficial to use a piece of tape to pick up any missed residue or fuzz left over from the cloth. Enamel paint is best suited for this job.

Light Fixtures

Changing your light fixture color to better match your ever evolving home is a great way to use paint in an obscure way. The best part about this tip is the abundance of different light sources the average home has. Hanging fixtures like chandeliers can be painted just as easily as porch lights. A quick paint job can have your home”™s accessories matching the rest of your abode in no time.

Pro tip: Be sure to research what type of paint to use depending on what material you”™re painting. Wood, glass, plastic, and metal react differently to different paints.

Wood Floors

Although we”™ve covered this idea before, we believe painting wooden floors is still a great alternative to staining or carpet. Painting a floor gives a wide variety of options for color, gloss, and design. It can also be used to inexpensively cover any imperfections.

Oil-based paints and a compatible primer work best in this instance. Polyurethane should also be added as a topcoat to seal your floor and add durability.

Bathroom Appliances

A worn out bathtub, sink, or even toilet can be brought back to life with a properly applied coat of paint. Painting fiberglass and porcelain can be difficult, and usually requires a professional hand. Epoxy based paint should be used to ensure a hard finish that resists both moisture and heat. Application with a spray gun is also preferred for an even finish without bubbling. Rust-Oleum makes special kits designed specifically with bathroom use in mind.

With these ideas in mind we hope that you”™ll consider a few out-of-the-box ideas the next time your home is repainted. We take great pride in our attention to these small details, and we greatly enjoy sharing our new ideas with our customers. Feel free to give us a call if you have ideas of your own, or would like to expand upon ours. We can be contacted through our website and offer free color consultations.