Use paint, stencils or wallpaper on the back of a bookcase or medicine cabinet.
Paint the inside of your front door a bright color to make a statement.
The Stair Down
Paint or stencil the risers on your stairs for a splash of color and impact.
Bring an old piece of furniture back to life with a little paint. Choose complementary hues for the exterior and drawers for an ombré effect.
Paint the mullions on your windows to make them stand out.
Just a Trace
Stencil your walls just up to the chair rails for a unique effect.
The Writing on the Wall
Create chalkboards and whiteboards with paint. They're fun for kids, as well as grownups.
Earn Your Stripes
Paint walls with bold colorful stripes or soft neutrals. (Horizontal stripes can make a small room feel larger.)
Liven up an old chest of drawers with painted wood knobs.
Paint or stencil a stylish pattern onto your wood floors.
1. Cabinet Makers
So you have a bookcase or a medicine cabinet that looks a bit boring. Grab a brush and paint the inside back a bright color. If you prefer a pattern, use a stencil or add wallpaper. Take it one step further to make a statement in your kitchen. Remove a couple of kitchen cabinet doors and paint the backs and sides of the cabinets to make your dishes or glasses stand out. If you prefer not to use open cabinetry, ask a glasscutter to replace the middle of the cabinet door with glass.
2. Door Decor
Do you have $10 and an hour to spare? An easy way to add color and personality to your space is to paint the inside of your front door a bright color. It’s unexpected and looks great in neutral spaces. Choose a color from an area rug, pillow or favorite artwork to tie the color into the space.
3. The Stair Down
Staircases can be painted to inject a bit of liveliness. Go for a classic look with white risers and black treads and banisters. If you feel a bit braver, consider using an ombré treatment on the risers. Start with a bold color at the bottom and then transition to a lighter version of the same color as you go to the top. The result is a showstopper. Another option is to use stencils to add design.
Try our Stenciled Stair Risers Project
4. Antique Update
Has your grandmother’s armoire been sitting in the attic for the last five years because it just isn’t your style? Consider painting or staining it. Furniture can be completely transformed with a bit of paint and new hardware.
Try our Paint Wood Furniture Project
5. Window Treatment
If you have mullions on your windows, switch from classic white. Glossy black looks elegant and can accentuate a great view. Bright yellow mullions are a cheerful addition to a white kitchen. Use mint green or robin’s egg blue for a clean and inviting look. Even painting them a more neutral color like beige or gray will make a statement against white walls.
6. Just a Trace
Wallpaper can make a big impact, but it often comes with a big price tag. A popular and more affordable option is to use stencils. There are endless styles to choose from. For small spaces, such as powder rooms, you can do the whole space. For large areas, stencil one focal wall. Pair with your favorite paint palette and create a space your neighbors will envy.
7. The Writing on the Wall
Are your kids drawing on the walls? Or are you always forgetting what you need to pick up from the store? Consider a chalkboard or whiteboard wall. Give kids a designated wall in their bedroom or playroom to create their masterpieces, and add a chalkboard wall in your kitchen or mudroom to use as a message center.
Try our Chalkboard Wall Project
8. Earn Your Stripes
From hallways and living spaces to bedroom and nurseries, stripes are a classic design and relatively easy to create. With some measuring, painter’s tape and a bit of patience, you can paint your own. If you want a subtle look, stick to thin stripes. Feeling bold? Try larger stripes.
Try our Painting Wall Stripes Project
9. Nifty Knobs
Do you have a bureau or chest of drawers that could use a little love? Remove the knobs and paint them a different color. The easiest way to do this is with spray paint. Is this piece going in a child’s room? Liven it up by painting the knobs with stripes, polka dots, butterflies, bugs, or flowers.
10. Floor Them
Painting wood floors can add drama and flair. Paint them white to create a clean and open space, or create a border around a room for a stylish impression. Creating a border around a room can frame a space and make a stylish impression. Or you can be really daring and paint the entire floor a design such as chevron, Greek key, or a Moroccan motif.
Try our Chevron Stenciled Floor Project
You need to know which type of paint you have before you start your project. Watch our DIY Basics video: Do I Have Oil or Latex Paint?