Add stripes to any accessory to give your room an instant lift. Use masking tape for a precise look or paint freehand for a loose, casual feel.
If you prefer precise, here’s how to get fast, professional-looking stripes: Just apply masking tape to the wall and fill in all the un-taped areas with paint (you can use a mini-roller). Then remove the tape right away. That’s it!
For a bold look, paint 6”-10” stripes on the walls.
Repeat two shades that’s in the same color family (like caramel and cream) to create a serene pattern.
For a cabana stripe effect, pair white with one clear color.
For overlapping stripes: Dilute paint with 50% water; paint on one color, spacing the stripes. Let dry; add more colors.
Bold stripes add pizzazz; on a wooden chair, use two colors and follow the natural division of the piece (slats, legs, rungs). A half water/half paint solution will allow the wood grain to show through.
Vivid accents are always timeless; create your own classic by simply spray-painting any small table, chair or lamp to rev up any room. You can also transform furniture in minutes by with a rubber stamp design and ink pad.
Stencils aren’t just for walls anymore; They can also add instant chic to window shades or curtains.
Want a mosaic tile effect? All you need is a 1” square sponge. Now just dip the sponge into craft paint and stamp onto a surface (a dry, clean one).
“For the best paint revitalizing, use latex eggshell paint for walls (it’s easy to clean); latex semi-gloss for furniture (it’s durable); spray paint for textured surfaces (it covers extremely well); and acrylic craft paint (it comes in many colors),” according to local professional house painter Mike Foster.
“For a stamp effect, start with a wall that’s been painted with a base color. Dip a 3”-5” sponge into white paint, then stamp onto wall“.
Add style to a planter or flowerpot with paint. Just draw a flower with a permanent marker, then fill in with bright color.
Do you like polka dots or “spots”? Paint them on in random sizes and spacing for a fresh, casual look (try a couple of lampshades first). Craft paints will work on both fabric and paper shades.
For a “vintage” look on furniture, paint on a base coat and let dry. Top (or layer) with another color (go for a vivid shade) and let dry for 30 minutes. Use a nylon sponge to scrub away the topcoat in spots to reveal the base color.