paint http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1668/all en-US 15 Fantastic Chalkboard Paint Projects http://www.wisebread.com/15-fantastic-chalkboard-paint-projects <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-fantastic-chalkboard-paint-projects" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chalkboard-picture-frame-512939223-small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you haven't been watching home decor trends over the past few years, you might have missed the chalkboard paint phenomenon. Good news, though: It's still going strong. And when I started brushing this useful and stylish coating onto my walls and other projects, it was mostly available in standard black. Now the options are many &mdash; you can even <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/02/how-to-mix-chalkboard-paint-in-any-color.html">make your own</a> unique blend using &frac12; cup acrylic paint (in any color) and a tablespoon of sanded grout. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-used-corks-including-making-money-with-them?ref=seealso">25 Things to Do With Used Corks</a>)</p> <p>How will you use your batch? I'm here to help! The following projects make creative use of this ubiquitous medium. With each, you'll want to <a href="http://salvagedinspirations.com/how-to-season-a-new-chalkboard/">season</a> before using, which means shading a thin layer of chalk over the whole, erasing, and then drawing and doodling to your heart's content.</p> <h2>1. Calendar</h2> <p>Use an old window to make this cute weekly <a href="http://www.housebyhoff.com/2013/09/old-window-chalkboard-calendar-its-30/">Chalkboard Calendar</a>. You'll want to choose a window that has more than seven panes in all. Then paint each pane and let dry before writing. You can even add hooks for hanging coats and bags if you like.</p> <h2>2. Magnetic Board</h2> <p>I love this freestanding <a href="http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-chalkboard-with-magnetic-personality.html?m=0">Magnetic Chalkboard</a> upcycled from an old mirror. The author used sheet metal cutouts to achieve the magnetic feature, but you can also try a can of magnetic primer applied directly onto the mirror (under the chalkboard paint) for a much easier solution.</p> <h2>3. Framed Chalkboard</h2> <p>Rather than cover your entire wall using chalkboard paint, try sectioning off single area for this <a href="http://www.meadowlakeroad.com/how-tos/large-diy-framed-chalkboard/">Framed Chalkboard</a> effect. After cutting pine boards with a compound miter saw, this family screwed and glued together their frame before staining. You can either paint the actual wall and mount the frame over top of it or, alternatively, paint a piece of plywood that fits inside the frame.</p> <h2>4. Another Framed Board</h2> <p>Better yet, skip all the construction and use an old wall mirror or picture frame as your project base. This particular <a href="http://www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com/2012/08/chalkboard-paint-vs-spray-chalkboard-paint/">tutorial</a> is helpful with deciding between using standard brush-on chalkboard paint versus the newer spray-on kind. Whatever you end up choosing, you'll prime and paint the mirror or glass and then let dry.</p> <h2>5. Party Favors</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.maisondepax.com/2014/05/diy-monogram-chalk-slate.html">Monogram Party Favors</a> are fun for kids and adults alike, and they only cost two dollars a pop. Just find large wooden letters at your local craft shop. Then sand and prime them before smoothing on a couple coats of chalkboard paint.</p> <h2>6. Play Table</h2> <p>As a mom, I find this <a href="http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.ca/2011/10/organizing-legos-part-2-creating-table.html">DIY Chalkboard Play Table</a> absolutely genius. You can use an old table you already own or pick one up on the cheap at your local thrift shop. From there, paint the legs whatever color speaks to your playful side. The trick is slathering several coats of chalkboard paint onto the top and letting your child's imagination go wild.</p> <h2>7. Garden Markers</h2> <p>Those of you with green thumbs will enjoy this <a href="http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/2013/06/easy-garden-markers.html">Chalkboard Garden Marker</a> project. Paint stir sticks are the star of the show (and cheap to boot). Coat them with chalkboard paint and let dry. The author uses a chalk marker versus standard chalk for more precise labeling.</p> <h2>8. Kitchen Jars</h2> <p>Organize your pantry using these <a href="http://pumpsandiron.com/2012/11/07/diy-chalkboard-paint-glass-jars/">Labeled Glass Jars</a> using &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; chalkboard paint. Clean your container thoroughly before taping off the section you want to paint. Slap on a few coats and let dry before labeling.</p> <h2>9. Serving Platter</h2> <p>Whether you're hosting a fancy wine and cheese soiree or an informal potluck, this <a href="http://www.soyouthinkyourecrafty.com/chalkboard-serving-tray-tutorial/">Chalkboard Serving Tray</a> will come in handy. The author made it by painting an old cabinet door. You could also use an existing platter or even large plate.</p> <h2>10. Refrigerator</h2> <p>I know. This idea sounds crazy. Would you believe I <a href="http://asouthernfairytale.com/2014/09/16/chalkboard-paint-refrigerator/">painted my refrigerator</a> using chalkboard paint? Our range and dishwasher are both black and the fridge was an off white, so rather than buying a matching appliance, I thought I'd give painting a try. So far, it's holding up well. Advice? Make sure you prime first.</p> <h2>11. Pantry Organizer</h2> <p>I painted the inside of our pantry door with chalkboard paint as well, creating a <a href="http://decorandthedog.net/decorandthedog/2012/03/organization-baby-steps.html">DIY Command Center</a> to stay organized. It eliminates searching for scrap paper to make grocery lists, that's for sure. Plus, I like how it looks.</p> <h2>12. Clipboard</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.andersonandgrant.com/2013/07/kitchen-chalkboard-made-from-clipboard.html">Chalkboard Clipboard</a> looks easy to make and quite functional. I'd love to paint several and arrange on a wall in my office for mega-organization. You could pretty much use one of these guys in any room of the house, and I think they'd make fabulous frugal gifts.</p> <h2>13. Staircase</h2> <p>The <a href="http://houstonlifestyles.com/country-flair-in-bellaire/">Chalkboard Staircase</a> in this home is quite unexpected, yet it adds some interesting flair and personality to an otherwise boring space. The family uses the area to write positive affirmations that foster confidence and strength in their kids. I like the whole concept.</p> <h2>14. Banner</h2> <p>There are many reasons to celebrate with this all-occasion <a href="http://snapcreativity.com/easy-diy-chalkboard-banner/">Chalkboard Banner</a>. Just pick up some wooden shapes at a craft store, paint them, string on some twine, and write your message. Festive decor: Done!</p> <h2>15. Gift Tags</h2> <p>This tutorial is actually for <a href="http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/12/chalkboard-ornaments-tutorial.html">Chalkboard Ornaments</a>, but I think the finished product could double as amazing gift tags for any holiday. Much like with the banner above, you'll want some wooden cutouts in different shapes to paint. Let dry and tie to gifts with ribbon.</p> <p><em>Have you chalkboarded anything in your home? Leave us a note in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fantastic-chalkboard-paint-projects">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray">14 Cool Things You Can Make With an Ice Cube Tray</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit">7 Ways to Reuse Clothes That No Longer Fit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Organization chalkboard crafts organization paint Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:00:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1250693 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Totally Change a Room for Under $50 http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home-418904-small.jpg" alt="painting" title="painting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You want a fresh look for a room ,and you're low on funds. This doesn't mean you're stuck. It just means you need to get creative, spend some time, and invest some effort to infuse newness into your space. Here are five ideas to help you remake a room for $50 or less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-home-decorating-projects-that-look-amazing?ref=seealso">Cheap Home Decorating Projects That Look Amazing</a>)</p> <h2>1. Feng Shui It</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Free!</p> <p><em>Feng shui</em> is an ancient art of arrangement with deep design and lifestyle roots. Its main tenants are:</p> <ul> <li>De-clutter and make space to freely move around a room;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make sure your space has plenty of light;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have the first thing you see when you enter a room be something beautiful that you love.</li> </ul> <p>The best part about feng shui is that you can get a new look for your room without spending a dime.</p> <h2>2. Paint a Fresh Coat on the Trim, a Wall, or a Door</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $50 or less depending upon the area you want to paint.</p> <p>Paint can do wonders to change the look and feel of a room. There are a number of high-quality, non-toxic, and affordable options available such as <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-painting-contractors/paint-products/eco-spec-wb-interior-latex-paint?lang=en_US&amp;role=C#advs=0&amp;tab=3">Benjamin Moore Pristine EcoSpec Paint</a>, <a href="http://www.yolocolorhouse.com/#4">Yolo Colorhouse</a>, and <a href="http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/products/catalog/harmony-interior-acrylic-latex/">Harmony Interior Latex</a> that come in a wide variety of gorgeous colors. Painting a whole room can be costly and time-consuming, though painting the trim, just one wall, or the door of a room will give it a fresh feel for minimal cost and time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-ways-to-use-spray-paint-for-cheap-and-easy-decorating?ref=seealso">40 Ways to Use Spray Paint for Easy Decorating</a>)</p> <p>One of my favorite tricks is to use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006BAEI6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006BAEI6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">blackboard paint</a> in one small area so that I can draw on the walls (daily!) and write inspirational sayings that keep me motivated. These drawings can be changed regularly to give your space a constant feeling of newness.</p> <h2>3. Change the Soft Stuff and Add a Pop of Color</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $50 or less depending upon how many accent pieces you buy.</p> <p>If painting feels like a project that's too big for you right now, add pops of color with easily changeable accessories and decorations &mdash; pillows, linens, candles, flowers, and repainted picture frames give us the opportunity to brighten up a space and change its look without costing us a bundle. My local thrift shops have helped me find a number of accent pieces for next to nothing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods?ref=seealso">Finding the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</a>)</p> <h2>4. Frame and Hang Your Own Photos</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> ~$40 for a set of 8 photos.</p> <p>Our smartphones today have incredibly high-quality cameras. Snap some photos, print them, frame with inexpensive frames, and arrange them into a beautiful collage. Need some help and inspiration with this project? Your local <a href="http://www.michaels.com/">Michaels</a> store has a great blog, a knowledgeable staff, and discounts galore on thousands of craft products including frames, mats, photo paper, and hanging hardware. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maintaining-memories-how-to-save-old-photographs?ref=seealso">How to Save Old Photographs</a>)</p> <h2>5. Recycle, Reuse, and Repurpose</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $0 - $10</p> <p>I love to find new uses for old things. Rather than buying vases for flowers, I paint my used glass juice and wine bottles or use mason jars. Hooks help me turn the pots and pans in my kitchen into art while also making them easily accessible and de-cluttering my cupboards. I also use hooks to hang my scarves and jewelry so that they both decorate the room and remind me to wear them. Secure the bottoms of inexpensive wooden fruit crates to the walls to create bedside tables that have built-in shelves. Before you toss anything, think about how it can be remade into something new. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-common-kitchen-cast-offs-you-can-repurpose-into-cool-new-things?ref=seealso">Common Kitchen Cast-Offs You Can Repurpose</a>)</p> <p>Home decorating doesn't need to be expensive. Creativity, elbow grease, and a bit of time can help you craft a space you love. It's something that you can do on your own or with family members and friends. Share your tricks, tips, and progress in the comments below. Happy redecorating!</p> <p><em>Have you re-done a room recently on the cheap? What'd you do?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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The answer is spray paint, of course.</p> <p>Whether you are looking to restore a great flea market find, simply touch up an existing item, or go for a dramatic change of color, spray paint gets the job done. While you can spray-paint just about anything, here&#39;s a host of suggestions, sorted by color, to help you start putting this awesome and affordable DIY tool to work for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-home-decorating-projects-that-look-amazing">7 Cheap Decorating Projects That Look Amazing</a>)</p> <h2>Black Spray Paint: Touch Ups to Modern Looks</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/spraypaint-5067667-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><strong>1. Mailbox</strong></p> <p>An often neglected element of curbside appeal, a black mailbox can benefit from a nice touch up with some black spray paint and rust protector to look good as new.</p> <p><strong>2. Entertainment Center</strong></p> <p>Whether you have a bachelor pad or just love modern decor, painting a wooden entertainment center with black spray paint can give your TV and gadgets area a sleek, updated look.</p> <p><strong>3. Halloween Decor</strong></p> <p>Using a can of black spray paint, there are many awesome ideas for <a href="http://www.remodelista.com/posts/5-quick-fixes-instant-halloween-decor-black-matte-edition">transforming everyday items into Halloween decor</a>. From using it on pumpkins to wine bottles, you can easily have the spookiest house.</p> <p><strong>4. DIY Chalkboard</strong></p> <p>Grab a can of black chalkboard paint and spray-paint a piece of sanded and primed wood to make your very own chalkboard. Or, use a picture frame, and spray-paint the glass area. Hang it on a wall in the kitchen or by the door to write notes and keep lists.</p> <p><strong>5. Modern Vases</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.rustoleum.com/en/project-catalog/decor-and-craft/modern-silhouette">Turn a collection of vases into modern decor</a> by spray painting them in black matte. Add a single flower or greenery for a Zen feel.</p> <p><strong>6. Trivet Wall Decor</strong></p> <p>Add a layer of black spray paint to a metal trivet and hang it on a kitchen wall for instant country kitchen decor.</p> <p><strong>7. Accent Shelving</strong></p> <p>Add a nice touch to a light colored wall by spray-painting individual wall shelf ledges in black. Install on the wall to hold small accent pieces or display photos.</p> <p><strong>8. Fireplace Screen</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.krylon.com/projects/home-decor/fire-place-screen/">Freshen up an old fireplace screen</a> by coating it in black spray paint for a shiny new look.</p> <h2>White Spray Paint: From Shabby Chic to Clean Lines</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/spraypaint-5434852-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><strong>9. Distressed Headboard</strong></p> <p>Spray-paint a wooden headboard in white and use some sandpaper to distress it for a shabby chic look. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/repaint-your-old-furniture-for-a-budget-d-cor-update">Repaint Old Furniture for a Budget Decor Update</a>)</p> <p><strong>10. Cabinetry</strong></p> <p>Transform dark and dingy looking cabinets in the kitchen or bath with white spray paint. This makes for a classic, clean look that can really brighten up a space.</p> <p><strong>11. Flower Box Crates</strong></p> <p>If you can find an old wooden crate (think produce stands or flea markets), then you can add a nice coat of white outdoor spray paint to make a great flower box for your porch or patio.</p> <p><strong>12. Seashell Decor</strong></p> <p>Spray-paint large sized seashells in white to make some great tabletop decor. Or, use white spray paint on a handful of smaller shells and display as a collection in a glass vase.</p> <p><strong>13. Adirondack Chairs</strong></p> <p>This classic white piece of lawn furniture deserves a fresh coat of spray paint to keep it looking like new next to the water or in the garden.</p> <p><strong>14. Pots and Planters</strong></p> <p>Spray-paint a terra cotta pot or other large planter using white paint. This makes for a great blank canvas to add designs in other colors, such as chevron patterns or stencils.</p> <h2>Metallic Spray Paint: Add Traditional Style and Richness</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/spraypaint-5397275-small-ggnaods.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><strong>15. Candlesticks and Candelabras</strong></p> <p>Add a more formal touch to any candlestick or candelabra with gold or silver spray paint. Or, <a href="http://www.krylon.com/projects/wedding/striped-votives-and-vase/">spray-paint small glass votives in copper metallic</a> to use on the table for special occasions, like a wedding or big party.</p> <p><strong>16. Hinges and Knobs</strong></p> <p>Spruce up any plain door by spray-painting a hinge or knob a metallic color, like satin nickel or antique gold. This can make even the little details seem high-end.</p> <p><strong>17. Baskets</strong></p> <p>Use some silver spray paint to <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/901710/spray-painted-straw-baskets">transform a regular straw basket</a> into an instantly glam storage vessel or decorative accent.</p> <p><strong>18. Bowls</strong></p> <p>Coat any large bowl with platinum or gold spray paint to make a fancy table centerpiece.</p> <p><strong>19. Holiday Arrangements</strong></p> <p>For instant holiday decor, find sticks or pinecones from your yard or purchase some at craft or dollar stores. Spray with a metallic spray paint to use in table arrangements or outdoor planters. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-festive-frugal-ways-to-spruce-up-your-home-for-the-holidays">6 Frugal Ways to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays</a>)</p> <p><strong>20. Table Lamp Bases</strong></p> <p>For a more elegant tabletop look, transform a dull lamp base with gold or silver spray paint to instantly spiff up your lighting.</p> <p><strong>21. T-Shirt Designs</strong></p> <p>Add a design to a solid colored tee using silver spray paint and stencils. Michaels Crafts gives you the full <a href="http://www.michaels.com/Spray-Paint-Floral-Shirt/e10589,default,pd.html?cgid=projects">spray-paint t-shirt project directions</a> for making a one-of-a-kind shirt.</p> <h2>Pastel Spray Paint: Fun and Whimsical Decor</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/spraypaint-1609667-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><strong>22. Chairs and Stools</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2012/09/make-over-your-folding-chairs-with-spray-paint.html">Spray-paint a set of folding chairs</a> or <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/how-to-spray-paint-plastic-10000000695657/index.html">give an old white plastic resin chair some color</a> by using pastel shades. Or, add some pizazz to ordinary wooden bar stools by coating them in a pale green or light blue to brighten up a dark kitchen.</p> <p><strong>23. Jars</strong></p> <p>Spray paint repurposed mason jars or large glass vessels with pastel spray paints to make beautiful flower vases or some nice shelf decor.</p> <p><strong>24. Children&#39;s Furniture</strong></p> <p>Think of pastel spray paint for dressers, headboards, and bookcases in your little one&#39;s bedroom or nursery. Besides the usual light pink, purple, or baby blue, don&#39;t forget pale yellow and mint green for more neutral hues. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-design-ideas-for-a-kids-playroom">Budget Design Ideas for a Kid&rsquo;s Playroom</a>)</p> <p><strong>25. Birdhouses</strong></p> <p>Turn an average birdhouse into an attractive shelter for any bird by using some pastel spray paint. This also makes a fun, decorative accent for the yard.</p> <p><strong>26. Light Switch Plates</strong></p> <p>If you want to add a nice color detail in a subtle way, try spray-painting an ordinary white light switch plate with a nice pastel shade to add some contrast against a darker wall.</p> <h2>Red Spray Paint: Go For a Dramatic Pop</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/spraypaint-5242267-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><strong>27. Hall Table</strong></p> <p>Spray-paint a boring brown hall table in red to create an eye-catching piece. A red table in this location works great as it won&#39;t clash with other furniture and can brighten up dark spaces.</p> <p><strong>28. Wagon</strong></p> <p>Repurpose a little red wagon into some instant garden decor with a fresh coat of red spray paint. You can use it to hold potted plants or just let the kids play with it.</p> <p><strong>29. Dining Chairs</strong></p> <p>Give a pop of color to an otherwise neutral kitchen or informal dining space with some glossy red spray-painted chairs.</p> <p><strong>30. Outdoor Benches</strong></p> <p>Create some contrast in the garden or on a front porch by using <a href="http://www.krylon.com/projects/outdoor/refurbished-metal-garden-bench/">red spray paint on an ordinary metal or wooden bench</a>. This can create a standout piece to give any outdoor space a cool look.</p> <p><strong>31. Watering Can</strong></p> <p>Give a metal watering can a great burst of color by painting it with red spray paint. It makes a great gift or just looks nice when you use it around the yard or house.</p> <p><strong>32. Chandelier</strong></p> <p>For a bold look, spray paint a metal chandelier with red gloss spray paint.</p> <h2>Navy Blue Spray Paint: From Nautical to Not Expected</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/spraypaint-5032267-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><strong>33. Nautical Decor</strong></p> <p>Whether you live near the beach or not, nautical decor can make a cool theme in any room. Use some navy spray paint on flea market finds or replicas of old ship&#39;s wheels, anchors, and other items to make great wall decor.</p> <p><strong>34. Large Hutches, Sideboards, and Dressers</strong></p> <p>For an unexpected splash of bold color in a living room or bedroom, try spray-painting one piece in navy blue and add a glossy finish. The finish makes the piece look lux and navy is a nice change from the usual brown or white.</p> <p><strong>35. Frames</strong></p> <p>Get some inexpensive picture frames and remove the glass in order to spray paint the frames in navy. A set of navy frames look great together on the wall or hang in a boy&#39;s bedroom for a more grown-up look than baby blue.</p> <p><strong>36. Wicker Furniture</strong></p> <p>Navy blue and white rooms can look fantastic when done right. Turn a sunroom or porch into a unified theme by spray-painting some wicker chairs in navy blue. Add some white cushions to complete the look.</p> <h2>Green Spray Paint: Fresh Looks Outdoors and In</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/spraypaint-4600488-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><strong>37. Raised Garden Beds</strong></p> <p>To turn a backyard, raised garden bed into a natural part of the landscape, spray-paint garden box sides in a deep green to blend in with the greenery.</p> <p><strong>38. Kitchen Island</strong></p> <p>Add some flair to any kitchen by using <a href="http://www.rustoleum.com/project-catalog/kitchen/cooking-island/">olive green spray paint on the sides of a cooking island</a> to contrast with the trim and island counter top.</p> <p><strong>39. Hose Reels</strong></p> <p>Spray paint an outdoor hose reel or hose storage box in dark green to make it blend in among the grass and bushes.</p> <p><strong>40. Wheelbarrow</strong></p> <p>Revive an old wheelbarrow by spray-painting the main body in green to hide dings and look like new.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite spray paint projects to add to the list?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-ways-to-use-spray-paint-for-cheap-and-easy-decorating">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend">19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day">10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-diy-projects-to-make-your-home-look-amazing-and-3-you-shouldnt-try">17 DIY Projects to Make Your Home Look Amazing (and 3 You Shouldn&#039;t Try)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home DIY paint spray paint Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:24:04 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 978060 at http://www.wisebread.com Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1846407132_a8f066512e.jpg" alt="Artsy" title="Artsy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes the ingenuity of people knocks me out. As I was surfing today to find new and exciting ways to save money, I came across a video on Metacafe. It has almost no sound, but it doesn&#39;t need it. In just a few minutes, Marek (from Poland I think) shows you how to make a cool airbrush out of old bits and pieces. </p> <p>Using just an old spray bottle, a plate box (or possibly an empty 35mm film canister?) a razor, plyers, a power drill, glue, old marker, metal straws and rubber tubing, you can make this quite handy and super-cheap airbrush. Take it away Marek.</p> <p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1030590/0_airbrush.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="" /><embed src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1030590/0_airbrush.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p><a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1030590/0_airbrush/">[direct link to video]</a></p> <p>I have also included a diagram, below, to better illustrate the fuzzy image at the end of the video. This shows you exactly how this homemade device works, and it&#39;s a lot easier to see this one. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_2_2.png" alt="How AB works" title="How AB works" width="500" height="309" /> </p> <p>Now, if I&#39;d had that in my college days, it would have made a big impact on my fine art diploma. However, if all that is just too much of a DIY project, or takes too much puff, you can get a very cool result out of the following easily-accessible item:</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/151851593_2736e3f6b9.jpg" alt="TB" title="TB" width="274" height="205" /></p> <p>That&#39;s it; <strong>a toothbrush.</strong> I used this technique often in college and it worked really well. </p> <p>Just dip the end of the toothbrush into some paint, and then flick the brush with your finger from the tip towards the handle. You&#39;ll get a very nice spray pattern, and if you experiment with thicknesses of paint, you&#39;ll see fine or more splattery results. I also used it with varnishes and UV inks. This toothbrush technique is also great fro kids, who may not have the lungpower for the homemade airbrush above. </p> <p>Use a few templates, perhaps a heart-shaped one for Valentine&#39;s Day, and spray some red or pink paint onto some cheap card stock. You&#39;ll get a very nice effect at a fraction of the cost of those store-bought cards.</p> <p>Get spraying folks. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/instructables-for-the-extreme-cheap-lifestyle">Instructables for the Extreme Cheap Lifestyle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-frugal-things-to-do-with-origami">8 Fun and Frugal Things to Do with Origami</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-self-tanning-lotion-and-5-other-fabulous-diy-tips-from-the-web">Make Your Own Self-tanning Lotion and 5 Other Fabulous DIY Tips from the Web</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY Airbrush art Art and Leisure cheap crafts frugal paint Mon, 11 Feb 2008 00:25:19 +0000 Paul Michael 1773 at http://www.wisebread.com More Bang for Your Buck: Paint Me Frugal http://www.wisebread.com/more-bang-for-your-buck-paint-me-frugal <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/paint_small.jpg" alt=" " width="142" height="212" /></p> <p>Paul&#39;s <a href="/like-diy-avoid-these-ten-costly-mistakes">post about DIY</a> got me to thinking about all of the times that I wasted money on trying to improve my home. There have been many of these times, more than I care to share. Also, the government is probably listening, so I don&#39;t want to go into too much depth when it comes to my remodeling mishaps. So, let&#39;s forego the Pergo and crown molding disasters and talk about paint.</p> <p>I&#39;ve painted a LOT of home interiors over the past four years - at least 7 homes of varying size and wall texture - so I feel like I should know a thing or two about paint. My mother had a certain loyalty to a small paint shop in her home town (which was closed on weekends), but after one too many Saturdays in which we ran out of paint and had to put a project on hold until Monday, I finally talked her into breaking down and going to Home Depot. She fought it, small town girl that she is, but eventually relented.</p> <p>Up until I bought my own home, I&#39;d continued using Home Depot&#39;s paint brand, Behr. It ran roughly $20 a can, went on smoothly, didn&#39;t splatter when rolled on, and washed out of brushes fairly easily. </p> <p>So, it&#39;s kind of a mystery as to why, when I bought my own home, I would go out and spend $40 on Ralph Lauren paint for my kitchen. I&#39;m still puzzling over that one. Not only did it take three coats to cover my cream-colored walls, but it didn&#39;t go on smoothly at all! My home was new construction, and the walls absorbed the paint unevenly (although the hallway that was painted with Behr? Perfect). So my kitchen is a blotchy, dark brown mess right now, and I have to start all over.</p> <p>I&#39;ve since disciplined myself and found ways to stretch my painting moolah. Although it pays to be frugal, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and splurge on certain items in order to get the <a href="http://homerenovations.about.com/od/wallsandtrim/a/artpainttips.htm">job done right</a>. There are <a href="http://www.dulley.com/paint/finter.shtml">other sites</a> that tell you how to get prepared to paint, and I recommend that anyone about to tackle a <a href="http://interiordec.about.com/od/interiorpainting/a/a_paintingtips.htm">painting job for the first time</a> give them a <a href="http://www.doityourself.com/scat/paintandsupplies">perusal</a>.</p> <h4>Save</h4> <p><strong>Paint</strong> - I recommend Home Depot&#39;s Behr or Lowe&#39;s Valspar. They are cheap ($20 for a gallon), smooth, and come in a wide range of colors and finishes. Some ratings are available <a href="http://www.consumersearch.com/www/house_and_home/interior-paint/reviews.html">here</a>. I will occasionally go all out and use Benjamin Moore, because it&#39;s great stuff, but it&#39;s roughly twice the price.</p> <p><strong>Tape</strong> - Painter&#39;s tape, in my experience, is a rip-off. If you are truly unskilled with a brush (don&#39;t knock your skills until you give it a go), you might need it. But if you buy a good brush to do your cutting-in (see below), and keep a wet rag on hand to wipe any drips or smears off of your trim, you&#39;ll be fine. The tape is pricey for what it does. It&#39;s hard to remove in one piece, and paint will often either seep below it or stick to it, and then peel off along with the tape.</p> <p><strong>Drop Cloths</strong> - If you have a tarp, that will do the trick. Old sheets work fine, too. I rarely use a drop cloth of any kind unless I&#39;m painting a carpeted room. If you do buy a drop cloth, buy the cheapest kind, and reuse them. No need for the big canvas ones.</p> <p><strong>Paint Pan</strong> - Nothing fancy - your basic plastic or metal one will do.</p> <p><strong>Primer</strong> - You don&#39;t need to buy expensive primer. Kilz will do. So will any white paint that is less shiny than the paint you plan to use on the final coat. Some colors require a colored primer - avoid choosing these colors if you can.</p> <p><strong>Painting Attire</strong> - Please don&#39;t bother with the coveralls. Old jeans and a t-shirt turned inside out will do.</p> <h4>Splurge</h4> <p><strong>Color Palette</strong> - After months of living with a horrible blue-green color that looked SO GOOD on the paint chips, I hired a color consultant. For $150, he picked out a palette that fits my mood, room use, weather, and budget. If I had used him to begin with, I wouldn&#39;t be stuck with unused cans of looked-good-at-the-store green and wow-that-dries-dark yellow. I always though that I was really good with color - turns out I&#39;m not, so I let the experts tell me what to do now.</p> <p><strong>Brushes</strong> - For cutting-in work, buy the best, stiffest angled brush that you can. At roughly $12, it might seem a pricey buy, but it&#39;s worth it. You&#39;ll have straight lines and less write fatigue. Be sure not to let the paint seep up past the bottom 2/3 of the brush&#39;s bristles, and wash the brush out thoroughly. I also like to tape the metal band around the brush to prevent blisters while painting.</p> <p><strong>Rollers</strong> - I don&#39;t buy expensive rollers. I buy a lot of cheap ones. I&#39;ll use one, wrap it in plastic and use it again on the same color. When I&#39;m finished with a color, I throw it out. The amount of water that it takes to rinse out a roller is ridiculous, so I just buy the cheapest ones and toss them when I&#39;m done.</p> <p><strong>Beer</strong> - Coors Light simply will not do. Get thee to an Alaskan Amber.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-bang-for-your-buck-paint-me-frugal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-to-maximize-your-savings-at-home-depot">6 Surprising Ways to Maximize Your Savings at Home Depot</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-buy-used">8 Things You Should Always Buy Used</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-major-expenses-that-are-surprisingly-cheaper-than-ever-before">5 Major Expenses That Are Surprisingly Cheaper Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Real Estate and Housing Shopping American Tradition Behr Bejnamin Moore Dutch Boy Home Depot interior decorating Lowe's paint Sherwin Williams Fri, 02 Mar 2007 23:19:29 +0000 Andrea Karim 316 at http://www.wisebread.com