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How to Make Big Changes with Small Paint Projects

By October 27, 2017August 8th, 2022Design trends

A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to improving your home with paint.  Guest blogger Hannah Cushman, founder of Lawless Design shares her small paint project tips.
If you’re anything like me, you get tired of your home’s same old look that you’ve had for years. This is the main reason why I love switching things up! But quite honestly, I don’t have much time to devote to big projects.
That’s why I wanted to share with you all how to make big changes with small paint projects. With just a few simple tricks, you’ll transform your home and add that burst of color your home has been dying for!

1. Entry Door

Painting your entry door is a great way to make a big impact and not take up a lot of time doing so. I’m a huge fan of red doors, as I love the bold contrast, and the inviting vibe, almost as if it was asking you to come inside. There are so many ways to get creative. You can find inspiration through these options.

 2. Entry Console

Another great piece that you could paint would be your entry console or bench that sits by the front door of your home. However you choose to paint it- be it a pale blue or emerald green color, it’ll surely make a big first impression.

3. Ceiling

So this one is probably my favorite. In a Craftsman Home I worked on, we paired white walls with a slate blue ceiling. It really gave the room a completely different look!
Since the room was small, I didn’t want to have the room feel closed off. And since the client really wanted to incorporate blue, I figured this was the perfect application for incorporating blue into the space. The room felt light and airy with the white walls, and then had a cool moody effect with the blue ceiling.


4. Headboard

I love this headboard idea probably because I live in a small Boston apartment and have become very picky with the furniture that I bring with me each time I move. Rather than invest in another piece of furniture, you can create the look with paint. With just a small can, you can totally change the look of your bed. It also definitely gives your room a more minimalist vibe.


5. Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchens are a big investment, and kitchen cabinets aren’t any different either. If you want to spruce up your kitchen, but don’t want to commit to a gut renovation, then painting your cabinets is the way to go. With just a fresh coat of paint, your cabinets can be transformed. Pair it with some new hardware, and you won’t even be able to tell that they were the same ones as before!

6. Closet

So maybe you don’t want to commit to painting a whole room. But what about the closet? This can be a fun little pop of color to add to a bedroom.


7.Statement Wall

Whether you want one color, two, or even ten- this can be a great way to add dimension to the space. Get creative! You don’t always have to paint inside the lines. Why not mix it up with some stripes or geometric shapes? 

8. Exterior

I might be an Interior Designer, but I am a huge advocate of curb appeal. It might be best to hire a painting contractor on this one, because it will most definitely be worth it in the end once you see these transformations!

From smaller projects, to larger ones, painting can be just the trick you need to add some dramatic changes to your space! For help to make those changes contact re:fab today!

About The Author
Hannah is the Founder of Lawless Design, a full-service residential and boutique commercial firm. After working for 6 years in the field designing hotels, casinos and restaurants, Hannah decided to start her own company located in Boston, MA. Lawless’s mission is to approach each project with a holistic vision and commit that their projects are a true reflection of the clients living in them. With her love for being outdoors and hiking, her designs are apparent with the use of light and airy spaces mixed with natural elements, plants, and texture.

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