Let me begin this by stating that I really love Christmas (“C’mon and let it snow.” Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Love that movie.) …As I was saying, I love Christmas and everything that goes with it. However, when the season is over I am more than ready to put away the holiday decorations and get started with the new year. Like many people, I’m often inspired to make changes. One of the most fun places to begin is in my home. As I tell my clients, changes you make in your home will have an effect on you every day. And sometimes the smallest things you do to freshen your home can bring a huge reward.
Paint is one of the most transformative tools at your disposal. It can give just about anything in a room a makeover: the walls, ceiling, accessories, and even the furniture. I’ve painted furniture for my home for years, especially when our budget was at its tightest. You can find a lot of great pieces at thrift stores, garage sales, and even inexpensive stores that have a great shape but just don’t have the right facade, and make them yours with a beautiful color, glaze or stain. I’ve gathered some of the best furniture painting tips to show you how.
This isn’t a step-by-step on how to paint furniture, but rather a collection of some of the best furniture painting tips I’ve found from various DIY bloggers, decorators, designers and painting experts. Each link follows to even more great furniture painting tips. Before taking on this project, talk with the experts at your local paint store, too, to get guidance based on the specific piece you are working with and what you will need for its surface. Every piece of furniture is different.
There are a lot of perks to living in an apartment: no maintenance, less space to keep clean, and usually a host of convenient amenities. However, living in a small space can pose some decorating challenges. If you are renting, lease agreements have also been known to limit one’s options in terms of painting and making any permanent changes, like modifying the floors, switching out or refacing the cabinets, etc. Apartment decorating can feel like an impossible task that makes personalizing your space more of a headache than an enjoyable experience.
If you think you can’t have a stylish and customized space because you live in an apartment, then I’m here to bust that myth right now. Even with the tightest rental restrictions and most limited square footage, you can create a space that is functional, chic, and an expression of who you are. Any space can be made to feel like a home.
“We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s what we do with them that makes the difference.”
I heard this saying many years ago, though I can’t recall from whom I first heard it. It’s always been one of my favorites. It reminds me that, while I don’t have control over everything that happens in my day, I can make better use of the control I do have by managing my time better.
Time management is one of the secrets to success for many of the world’s most successful people. Chances are, though, they weren’t simply born with amazing time management skills. It is something we learn over time through trial and error. Everyone’s needs are different. Lots of variables come into play, including your own unique process. You have to find your own sweet spot with it, but once you do, you’ll find that your productivity will vastly improve and those 24 hours will seem a little bit longer. (In a good way!)
It’s true ─ paint is an amazing tool that can instantly transform a space. While painting a room is a project most DIYers can easily take on, it’s not necessarily a simple job. There is a lot more to it than dumping a roller in a bucket and going to town.
Some of the most common questions I receive are from readers asking for room painting tips. Though I’ve answered them individually, I thought I’d take the most often asked questions and share them with everyone in one post as a reference guide.
Before you begin your next paint project, read these 14 room painting tips to get prepared. They will help make the painting process smoother and give you more professional-looking results.