One of the local Fox TV stations, Fox 8 News in High Point, NC, interviewed me today about inexpensive ways to change the look of your home decor. I have to admit, I was delighted for the invitation to be on TV! I included a photo of myself and Julie Grant, one of the morning show hosts.
I presented four easy and inexpensive techniques you can easily do yourself to change the look and update your home. You do not need to be a decorating diva!!
It only took 2 items to change this inexpensive tray into a sexy tray! I love, love animal prints! Naturally, I looked for heavy paper with a leopard or cheetah print to compliment the brown tray. This project takes less than 15 minutes. 1- Measure the tray inside bottom, 2- Measure and cut the paper the correct size, 3- Using a spray adhesive spray, lightly spray the paper back. I allowed it to sit for about 3 minutes because I may want to change the tray lining at some point, 4- Line up the paper with the tray bottom, press and smooth it down. If I wanted this paper to permanently remain on the tray, I would have immediately pressed the paper onto the tray bottom. Isn’t that easy?
Update a plain lampshade with fringe, fancy trim or in this case decorative thumb tacs. Yes, these are thumb tacs!! I evenly spaced them and used a tie tac back to secure them to the lampshade. You can buy the backs at most craft stores in the jewelry department.
Stencils and stamps are so much fun! Love the creativity too! I purchased this faux silk pillow at a discount store for $10.00. Select your paint color from your room’s décor. There are many stencils, stamps and craft paint in craft stores. If you want to wash the pillow, window treatment, runner, comforter or what ever you decide to stencil, you will need to use a washable stencil paint. If not, you can use regular craft paint. Steps to stencil: 1-Measure and mark where you want your stencil or stamps to be located. 2-Pour a small amount of paint in a glass or plastic bowl or bucket. 3- Spray stencil back with Stencil Adhesive Spray–be sure to follow directions on can. Place stencil where you have marked. 4- After you have correct placement, using a flat ended stencil brush stamp the paint onto the stencil being sure you have covered all the open areas. Do not put the paint on too heavy. Use an up and down motion with your brush like you are stamping your feet, 5- After you are happy with your paint job, slowly remove the stencil. If you need to touch up a spot, use a tiny brush. If you use a stamp instead of a stencil, dip your stamp in the paint and apply to fabric pressing down on the entire stamp. Voila! All your friends will think you are very creative and soooo smart!
Cabinet Coat Paint will give you the biggest bang for your buck of anything you can do in your kitchen or to change furniture! This Trim and Cabinet Enamel is a water based urethane acrylic satin paint. It goes on smoothly and dries to a hard , factory-like , satin finish. It resists chipping, scuffing, food-stains, grease and water. It is highly washable. Due to its low odor and quick dry time, you do not need to ventilate and can be recoated after 6 hours. Most kitchens can be painted in 2 to 3 days. Use Cabinet Coat in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. It is perfect for new wood, metal, painted, polyurethaned or varnished furniture and wood trim. Cabinet Coast paint is available in white and a selection of off-white and pastel colors. In the photo above, the door had been aged with a glaze over the Cabinet Coat paint. If you live near me, Cabinet Coat paint is sold a Huffman Paint and Wall Coverings on North Main Street in High Point, NC.. (near High Point Regional Hospital). All the guys are experts on how to apply paint or stain.
Steps to Paint Cabinets: 1- Set up table with drop cloths to paint cabinet doors. 2- Remove hinges and knobs and repair doors. Lightly sand and wipe doors with damp cloth to remove sanding. If cabinets are constructed of formica or any other very slick surface, you will need to use a primer before using Cabinet Coat. 3- Paint door fronts and backs using foam rollers and foam brushes ( to paint molding areas). Paint back sides first. Two coats on both sides should be sufficient but you can apply 3 on fronts. Foam rollers and brushes will not leave any brush strokes. 4- Paint cabinet framing. You can work from doors to framing to allow plenty of drying time. 5-Do not need to paint cabinet insides. Instead using painter’s tape, tape the inside of cabinet frames to the cabinet lip. You will have painted only an inch on the cabinet inside. Tip: be sure to have lots of painters tape and and foam brushes and rollers. No clear sealer is necessary.
Don’t you love easy and inexpensive ways to update your home décor? Unless you have a very large kitchen, one gallon of Cabinet Coat will paint your entire kitchen! Maybe enough paint for kitchen table too!
Have a great weekend!