Un­leash your in­ner Rem­brandt

Cre­atively ap­plied, a lit­tle paint goes a long way

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

THERE are many ways to up­date your dé­cor that don’t cost a lot of money. Paint is the most vis­ually pow­er­ful and eco­nom­i­cal way to add colour, pat­tern and piz­zazz to your home. Small projects can add up to big change if you get cre­ative with paint.

Du­lux Aus­traliaof­fer­s­these pho­to­graphs of artis­tic touches for your dé­cor. I par­tic­u­larly love the painted wooden hang­ers. What a great way to brighten up a dull closet! As well, the graphic de­sign treat­ment on the bed­room wall in the other photo is a fan­tas­tic ex­per­i­ment in cre­ativ­ity.

These ideas don’t al­ways come from within, so when you see a pho­to­graph of some­thing you think you could tackle, make it your own with your choice of colours and de­sign.

You can pur­chase paint sam­ple pots that are great for small projects or you can use leftover paint for your pro­ject, which are both af­ford­able op­tions. For ac­ces­sories and win­dow cov­er­ings con­sider metal­lic spray paint, tex­tured paint and fab­ric paint, which could be per­fect for your cre­ative en­deavor.

I did a lit­tle re­search and found some other cre­ative ideas for you to con­sider. In the kitchen Paint the tips of your wooden spoon han­dles (about an inch in length from the tip) in cheer­ful, co­or­di­nat­ing kitchen colours.

Us­ing ce­ramic paint, up­date the out­side of ce­ramic items, like cups or lamp bases with a unique in­signia or de­sign.

If you have wooden chairs in the kitchen, by all means up­date them with a semi- or high-gloss paint in a bright, fresh colour. Or, if you are more dar­ing you can use two or three colours to give the chair a unique fin­ish and de­sign.

Pur­chase a dec­o­ra­tive clay pot to use as a uten­sil holder. Paint the out­side of the pot in cheery stripes, checks or what­ever colour and de­sign suits your taste. I found a great pot with a flo­ral re­lief pat­tern of flow­ers and vines at a dol­lar store and painted it in white to co­or­di­nate with my kitchen dé­cor. It works great as a uten­sil holder and looks nice as well.

Add a pop of colour to your kitchen by paint­ing dec­o­ra­tive wall shelves in a vivid colour like turquoise, cobalt blue or bright yel­low.

Open shelv­ing on cab­i­nets can be up­dated by paint­ing the back of the in­te­rior in a vivid colour. Even with frosted glass in­serts the colour will add some pop to the cabi­net dis­play.

Give your dated mi­crowave cart a new look by paint­ing it in a fresh, new colour. I up­dated my kitchen with fresh paint and plan to rein­vent the dated mi­crowave cart with paint that matches the cabi­net colour. In the bed­room Well, you can see by our fea­ture bed­room that a lit­tle paint can pro­vide tons of drama. Con­sider cre­at­ing a fo­cal wall be­hind the bed by paint­ing a geo­met­ric pat­tern over the bed. A crazy quilt, a faux ta­pes­try or even just a big splash of colour can make a huge im­pact. Also, paint your head­board to give it new life.

Up­date the in­side of your walk-in closet in a fresh colour that will re­flect light. Paint wooden hang­ers in fun ac­cent colours as seen in our other fea­ture photo.

Use fab­ric paint that comes in a squeeze bot­tle and has a fine tip to give flat cur­tain pan­els a bit of verve. Add a ran­dom pat­terned mo­tif, like a small swirl, in an ac­cent colour or edge the panel with a repeat pat­tern like the Greek Key mo­tif. I’ve used fab­ric paint to per­son­al­ize the hemmed edge of plain pil­low­cases with mean­ing­ful verses and re­ally like the way they turned out. These make great gifts. You can also spruce up toss cush­ion cov­ers, chair cov­ers and du­vet cov­ers with fab­ric paint. In the fam­ily room Give photo frames a new look with a fresh coat of paint. Con­sider paint­ing mis­matched frames all in one colour and cre­ate a fo­cal wall col­lage. Even colour­ful empty frames can be used for a ca­sual dis­play in a rum­pus room or den.

Use a bit of paint to add colour to the wall over a fire­place. Hang a great piece of art over the ac­cent colour for added drama.

Add a sten­cil mo­tif to the drawer fronts of a plain dresser and/or night­stands. Up­date lamp bases with ap­pro­pri­ate paint for the sur­face of each lamp. Add a dec­o­ra­tive touch to lamp­shades with beaded fringe, fab­ric paint or dec­o­ra­tive braided trim.

All of these small projects are easy to com­plete in a short time frame, which makes them per­fect for an af­ter­noon craft ses­sion. Have a look around your house and imag­ine what could be.

This fea­ture bed­room proves that a lit­tle paint can pro­vide tons of drama.

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