10 Fun Big Impact Projects that Require Less Than a Gallon of Paint
Last weekend an instagram follower messaged me with an image of her hallway painted with black and white rainbows just like my own. She thanked me for inspiring her and said something that really struck me. She wrote, “We need to have fun and make memories in the spaces we live in.” I could not agree with her more, and now more than ever I truly believe we need to lean fully into ourselves and create a magical home that speaks right to our souls. While I’ve been home the last couple of weeks, I finally painted Wilder’s ceiling, and ordered the paste to hang the some mystical wallpaper in Emmy’s room. While there are several paint companies offering curb side pick up right now (I know Sherwin Williams is), I also understand that some of you may not be in a position to get paint. I would venture to guess you have an unopened gallon of paint in your home somewhere, or perhaps almost a full gallon. Today I am going to share with you several ideas for fun and easy projects you can do in your home right now using what you have when it comes to paint.
Want to add some interest to a large wall without investing in a big piece of artwork? Try color blocking! I was dead set on hanging out little jackalope above our bed, but he looked very lost on that big black wall. I simply taped off a triangle and painted a copper colored pattern on the wall, and brought impact with a small amount of paint. You can read all about how I created this wall here.
Bring Color to the Ceiling
Painting Wilder’s ceiling totally changed the look and feel of his room, and only used about a half gallon of paint and took just a few hours to complete! Look up! Maybe you have a ceiling that would look fun painted in one of the colors in your can stash. Click here to read about that project featuring tips on choosing the right color for your ceiling.
Add Hand Painted Details
This photo was shot for a collaboration I have on Instagram with my friend Evan of Casual Business, but I thought it was a fun way to show off the wall!
Last spring, on a whim one day, I sketched a simple repeating rainbow pattern with a pencil, and decided to apply it to my walls. I free handed it using paint I already had and it’s one of my most popular projects to date. If you can sketch it, you can paint it on your wall. Do not overthink!!!! Just do. You can read my full tutorial here, but I encourage you to let go of inhibitions, let go of fear, let go of the “I am not an artist” mentality, and just try something! It’s only paint, after all.
Stencil or Sponge Paint
If you’ve got a stencil laying around, now is a great time to put it to use! If you don’t you can, of course, order one, and create a wallpaper look on your walls like I did in my entry. This project was easy, just time consuming. It was completely worth it as it’s become one of my favorite little places in my house. You can read all this project here. If stenciling sounds a little too intimidating to you, a sponge pattern is a great alternative. My friend Cynthia used a sponge to create a unique and clever look on her wall. Check it out here.
Brighten Your Front Door
One of the first things we did to make this home ours was replace the dated front door with this super inexpensive one from Lowes. I was so excited for the opportunity to paint it, and the enneagram 4 in me wanted a color that no one else in my neighborhood had adorning their own doors. I selected Comical Coral from Sherwin Williams and this door brings me as much joy today as it did the day I painted it. I’ve also had neighbor stop by to tell me they love it… it’s different, it’s cheery, and it’s fun! Your front door is prime retail space in letting the world know a little more about who you are… are you fun? Are you serious? Do you love coastal colors? There are so many options when it comes to the door- don’t shy away from expressing yourself here. You can read all about our budget porch makeover, including the door, here.
Breathe New Life into Dated Furniture
It’s been a while since I refreshed any furniture, but I used to do it almost daily, and had a shop where I sold my pieces. I’ve got plenty of inspiration and ideas in my furniture archive, and while I mostly use General Finishes chalk paint, I also have used regular old paint in the past. You just need to properly prepare your furniture by sanding and priming, and then you can use latex if it’s all you have on hand.
Paint a Bathroom Vanity
In our old house, I painted this vanity using regular latex paint and it held up beautifully! I used a great quality semigloss, sanded and primer, and in the end I was thrilled with the look. When we moved in it was ugly builder grade oak, and this color brightened it up beautifully. Maybe you have some old semi-gloss trim paint laying around and you can refresh your own bathroom. Read about this project here.
Give a Room a Fresh Look
Sometimes, if you get lucky and your space isn’t too big, you can paint an entire room with one gallon of paint. In this house, we’ve been able to paint Wilder’s walls, bathrooms, and even our pink living room each with less than a gallon of paint! Go bold in a small space like a bathroom. This green bathroom is one of my most asked about colors. (It’s rock garden by Sherwin Williams if you’re wondering!).
Make a Nook or Closet Pop
Back when Emmy had her old bedroom in Maryland, she had a great book that we added shelving to. It was the perfect place to add a touch of color, in this case black. Painting the backing of built ins or inside a book brings a great contrast and draws attention to the space. A closet is another great place for adding a pop of fun and I did that in our old kitchen closet, which before was dingy and gross!
The Trusty Accent Wall
Afraid to commit to a dramatic color? Or perhaps you are afraid you’ll run out of paint. The accent wall is exactly what you need! In our old house I was nervous about painting a bedroom entirely black, so I started with an accent wall. Eventually the whole room went black, but the accent wall was a great focal point and contrast for a while. You can check this space out here, and please excuse the poor photography which has since evolved. We also repeated the accent wall in our new house in Sawyer’s bedroom because he wanted dark paint but his bedroom doesn’t get much natural light. You can find his bedroom here.
Now that you’re stuck at home for a little while, have some fun in your home, and use that paint that’s been sitting in your basement just waiting for a fun project! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Send me pictures of your revamped spaces please!