Why Paint is Your Interior Design Secret Weapon

We've all been social distancing in our homes for a number of months now. With all that time at home comes the desire to tackle home renovation and redesign projects.


With that home renovation/redesign wish list can also come a hefty budget. Lucky for you, I've got an interior design secret weapon...PAINT.

Now why is paint my secret weapon? It's incredibly cost-effective and can completely transform a space! Here are some ideas on how to incorporate paint into your space:


Paint Your Walls

Yes, I realize this one is probably a no-brainer. But don't be afraid to paint if your wall isn't your typical sheet rock. For example, you can easily paint wood paneling.


Case in point - my living room. This is what it looked like when we bought our house almost 3 years ago:

It's a knotty pine that has an orange tint to it and was REALLY shiny. It definitely didn't work with our personal design aesthetic. So, instead of ripping it all down, having to repair any damaged sheet rock, and THEN painting, we kept it as an accent wall, but painted over it.

Now, the wall looks much more modern and in line with our overall design scheme.


Paint Your Trim

I know most of us are used to white trim and some color of paint on the walls. There is no design rule that says you can't reverse things and have colored trim and white walls (at least I haven't come across it).


I took this idea into practice when designing my upstairs bathroom for the $100 Room Challenge. Before, I had white trim and pale green walls.

For the challenge, I painted my trim blue and my walls a creamy white. I think it looks beautiful!

Paint Your Cabinetry

Again, this is a great way to freshen up your kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity. Let's take a look at my kitchen. Here's what it looked like before:

It didn't look TERRIBLE, but seriously needed a bit of an update. Now, here's the after:

It feels so much lighter and fresher!


Paint Your Hardware

As you can see from the after picture of my kitchen, we took the cabinet knobs from silver to black.


Paint Your Furniture

This is probably my favorite way to use paint to make a transformation. There is SO much you can do and so many treament options to get a unique look.


You can paint your piece in a lighter color and then wipe on a darker wax for an antiqued finish like I did on this dresser (yes, that's the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Don't judge me!).

Or, you can spray paint and then distress like this child's rocking chair I refinished and sold.

OR, use spray paint with a glossy finish like my desk chair that I found on the side of the road and refinished.

I could probably go on for days about ideas for painting your furniture. The point is that there's so much you CAN do, so have fun with it!

Paint Your Door

I painted my front door as part of the One Room Challenge (which I haven't officially finished. I know. I know. The addition and other projects got in the way. I promise to reveal the finished space soon!).


As you can see from the before, it wasn't really anything to write home about. Just a blah off white.

Now, it looks much more cheery and inviting!

Paint Your Upholstery

Now, I haven't personally tried this particular technique yet. Although I do have a chair that used to be in my reading nook but is currently destined for the donation pile. It might be the perfect test run! I'll keep you all posted if I decide to take the plunge.


Here are a couple of before and afters that definitely have my interest piqued:

Finally, I want to share a bonus tip. If you're using regular paint in a metal can and not chalk or fabric paint, your local hardware store might have an "Oops" section. This is a section of paints that were mistints or returned. And this can equate to major savings for you. You can easily get a gallon of paint that's normally $50 for around $10! Those of you who have been readers for a while know this is how I scored the paint for my walls during the $100 Room Challenge.


There you have it! I hope the ideas I've shared inspire you to undertake some transformations using paint in your own home. If you have a before and after, I'd love to see it! Please share it with me at info@friartuckdesignco.com. Until next time...


Happy Designing!

- Angela :)


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