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Kitchen cabinetry that is old and out of date can bring the home’s decor down. Purchasing new furniture and appliances can add a bit of freshness to the decor but will not hide the old cabinetry. Cabinetry can be costly to remove and replace; not to mention the mess and down time of not having a kitchen to use.

Enjoy watching me discuss how to update your kitchen on this eHow video

Update the old boring white laminate kitchen.

White laminate cabinetry was popular twenty years ago but now is in need of updating for this century. Use a little elbow grease and imagination and the old cabinetry can be turned into a beautiful new kitchen.

Paint the white laminate.

Laminate can be painted. Preparation is key. Remove hardware and scrub the cabinetry clean. Then sand them well so that the paint will adhere. Make sure to prime the cabinets with an appropriate primer made to use on this material; this is also important for a smooth paint finish that will last. Finally paint the cabinetry turning them into new beautiful decor. A specialty paint supply store should be able to set you up with the necessary materials for the job.

New hardware.

Replace the old pulls and knobs with new attractive handles. This will instantly add newness to the old cabinetry in a quick and easy fashion. The new hardware placed on the newly painted cabinetry will be the icing on the cake for the decor.

Laminate counters can be painted too.

After you have completed transforming the cabinetry do the same with the countertops. Use Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations™, to turn the existing countertops into a beautiful granite look without the high cost of stone.

Update with a new backsplash.

Add a new tile backsplash to finish off your new kitchen decor. Consider splurging on a few glass accent tiles to really add some special sparkle.

New appliances will complete the decor.

If it is in the budget then complete the new kitchen update by updating the appliances as well. Get good deals in clearance areas where the side of a refrigerator, that will be hidden anyway against your wall, may be scratched.

Do not be surprised by all of the compliments that you receive on your new spectacular kitchen. Little will everyone know that you were able to achieve the new decor without breaking the bank. Entertaining will be a pleasure preparing the affair in your new kitchen.

Take pleasure in updating the decor and never be afraid to dance!

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Just as wearing some newly purchased fashion adds a sparkle to one’s life, adorning the abode with new decor will invite new excitement into one’s day to day life. Redecorating an entire home is not always an option; the project may be too huge to undertake and costs could be prohibitive. Paint is the perfect cost effective option to turn the old decor easily into a new beautiful home that will bring renewed happiness and beauty to one’s surroundings

Almost everything in the decor can be transformed with paint.

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dutch boy

Think beyond the walls and create a new decor painting floors, cabinetry, furniture, and even lampshades and accessories. Even fabric sofas and drapery can be changed into a new appearance with paint. Paint using a single color or multiple colors for a fun look. Use creativity to paint a piece with colors layered or a faux finish.

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Faux painting is a wonderful option and is also a perfect way to hide imperfect walls and surfaces.

You can find easy to follow instructions online at sites such as Benjamin Moore, and Valspar Paint to create a beautiful faux finish for your abode. Have fun researching ideas and using your imagination to invent techniques such as using wood glue mixed with paint to achieve a weathered look.

An entire new decor can be fashioned with the many options that faux painting offers:

  • Faux marble

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    acanthedesign.com

  • Venetian plastering

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    dutch boy

  • Color washing
  • Ageing & distressing
  • Wood grainingIMG_1022
  • Ragging & stippling
  • Dragging
  • Sponge painting
  • Spatter painting
  • Terracotta
  • Liming
  • Brick, tile and stone

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    designonline.com

  • Stenciling

Start by collecting the supplies needed in order to set up your painting project.

The items needed for a professional looking project to be completed are a drop cloth, rags for cleanup, a cloth and white spirit to pre clean surfaces, light sand paper or sanding block to prepare surfaces for paint, ESP (Easy Surface Preparation) to prepare surface if covering mica, wood filler or putty, putty knife, a screwdriver to remove hardware, primer (light if painting light color or dark for painting darker colors), paint, polyurethane for top coat, paint brush or foam roller (foam rollers are great because they are made to use on surfaces where a very smooth finish is required) and paint thinner for cleanup if using oil based paints.

Beginning your project.

When painting the room’s walls move all furnishings away from the walls. Place drop cloths over furnishings when painting the ceiling. If painting furniture or accessories place them in the center of a drop cloth.

Use an extra bit of attention to details when prepping for painting.

Remove any hardware from cabinetry and furniture.

  • When your project is completely dry you will have the option to put the same hardware back or purchase new hardware to create a totally fresh look. to conserve funds consider painting the existing hardware in a contrasting color for a new appearance.

Clean down the item being painted

  • Use white spirit (if you are not sure what to use ask at your local hardware store) to clean surfaces to be painted.

Sanding is important to prep the surface.

  • Make sure to sand lightly, evenly, and smoothly. You can use a small hand sander if you have one available. For mica surfaces use the ESP instead of sanding to bond the paint.

Fill in any holes and deep scratches.

  • Hole can be smoothed away using wood filler raised to slightly above the surface. Let dry and sand the filler so it is flush with the surface.

Time for fun and excitement, and paint!

There are different types of paint to choose from.

  • Water based acrylic paints are easy to use, dry fast, and clean up with water.
  • High Gloss oil based paints are much more durable and create a smoother more professional finish. A paint thinner will be needed for oil paint cleanup.
  • Paint with primer built in is quick and easy but may not be the best choice for some faux techniques.

Paint on a primer first that is best suited for the type of paint you have decided to use.

The primer is applied first in order to help the paint to adhere. You might want a couple of coats for coverage. After the primer is dry you can add your color.

You will be painting a few coats to achieve your finished product.

Paint in thin coats to prevent drips and make sure to brush up any drips before they dry. Let the paint dry between coats (between coats of oil based paints or primers a paint brush can be stored in a zip lock bag inside of the freezer. The brush could stay there for days without allowing the paint on it to dry). It is important to sand lightly (220 grain) between each coat so the paint will adhere well. Be sure to remove any sanding dust before additional paint is applied. Apply a second coat and a third (if needed).

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For furnishings, cabinetry, counter tops and floors apply a top coat of clear polyurethane to finish the job.IMG_1007

Whether painting your piece in a faux finish or single color paint, finishing with a top coat of clear polyurethane will provide a more resilient finish for your painted furnishing. It is not as necessary to paint polyurethane for walls. Make sure paint is completely dry before placing on any hardware and returning furniture for use. Paint instructions will give the recommended curing time.

Have fun placing the newly painted furnishings in your newly painted abode. Add some great new finds such as new window treatments, pillows, bedding and accessories to enhance the freshly painted rooms and furniture to complete your new redecorated abode. Be proud, you accomplished a great project to literally live in and show off to guests, who are sure to be envious of the beautiful new decor.

Paint a smile on your face and never be afraid to dance!

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Just as one likes to redecorate themselves with a new haircut or outfit, people enjoy redecorating the decor to add some new excitement to their lives as well. Changing accessories may help change the decor’s look but after some time looks fade and the abode finds itself in need of a more intense makeover.

Paint can be an economical and easy way to transform the decor into a new look.

Paint comes in endless colors. Custom colors  can be mixed to match any decor your heart desires. The abode is a representation of the people who share the structure and color is the perfect way to reflect the personalities of the those who inhabit the rooms. With a stroke of a brush a boring canvas of a wall can become a brilliant statement.

Transforming a room in paint goes beyond a single color.sweetsanity.typepad

Just as in the fashion world, decorating is about layering to create dimension and excitement. Painting a room should follow this rule as well. Walls, trim, doors, etc. should not be painted in one  solid color. This will just create an unremarkable dull appearance.

When contemplating painting a room, think beyond a single color.

Use at least two colors for painting a room.

  • Trim and doors can be in another color from the walls.

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    real simple

  • An accent color can easily be added to bring attention to one wall, such as behind a sofa or bed.

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    hgtv

  • Faux painting techniques often require a layering of several colors to create beautiful dimension to the surfaces. Faux Finishes are about blending colors and creating special effects, such as marble or wood. Faux painting can be simple to do, as in sponging, or more complex, as in marbleizing.IMG_1018

Use a specialty paint to turn the walls into additional excitement for the decor.

  • Chalkboard paint can turn any wall or surface into a fun blackboard to keep notes and draw pictures. Benjamin Moore

    Benjamin Moore

    Benjamin Moore

  • Glitter Effect paint is a topcoat that adds a sparkle effect to the surface.
  • Easily hide cracks and patches in older surfaces using Benjamin Moore’s Latex Sand Texture paint in white and then paint over with any color of your choice.
  • Rust-oleum’s magnetic primer painted under a pretty paint color or chalkboard paint will turn the wall into a fun place to post the kid’s artwork.

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    Rustoleum

  • Paint a room or wall with Ralph Lauren metallic paint to turn a room into a royal statement.

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren

  • Turn the walls into the appearance of suede simply by painting with Ralph Lauren’s suede paint finish.

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren

  • Add the rustic texture of river rocks with a simple brush stroke and paint from Ralph Lauren.

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren

Do not forget about choosing the correct paint finish as well.

From a flat to high gloss there is an array of paint finishes to choose from.

  • The best finish for common painting jobs is eggshell or satin.
  • Semi-gloss is traditionally used for bathrooms and kitchens.
  • High gloss paint works well on trim and doors for its cleanability and adds dimension against the walls.

Mistakes happen, don’t worry the walls can always be sanded and primed to make an entire new canvas to be repainted. Bring out your inner artist with creative faux painting. Show off your unique personality with colors and decor. Whether painting a room by yourself or with companions make it a painting party and  never be afraid to dance!

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People look at the style makers to follow the trends in their own home fashions and styles. Springtime is the perfect time to refresh ourselves and surroundings with some newness that will add beauty to the surroundings.

As in fashion there are new trends for the decor with every year.

Whether fashion or decor, trends can go as fast as they come. Simply by adding, removing or updating accessories can instantly update a look to the latest style.

2013 has brought new colors, patterns and fun for the decor.

The colors in 2013 are a statement from softness and the earth to regal and elegance.

  • Blues in Navy and Royal are major players in 2013’s color scheme.

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    house beautiful

  • Purple speaks of the royal heir to be born this year.

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    beautifulhomedesigns.com

  • Emerald Green matches royal elegance with the earth.

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    pantone

  • Orange and Yellow brings out the natural glow of the sun.

Think accessorizing; add some new pillows, window treatments and bedding in the newest colors.

Animals are in but not in the prints that we have become accustomed to.

Instead of the prints of animal markings this year brings art, murals and wall coverings of the animals themselves. Elephants are not just big in stature but huge as a design statement in 2013.zebra decal

  • Pillows with a picture of an elephant look lovely accessorizing the sofa.
  • Dress a wall with a grouping of photos and art depicting animals.
  • Decorate an accent wall with a mural of elephants playing in their natural habitat.

Flowers as a huge statement.

No more cute little flowers dotting the walls and furnishings. The bigger the better.

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addicted2decorating

  • Huge graphic prints of colorful flowers look beautiful draping a bed.
  • Murals in with a floral scheme add life to a room.

Stripes add new heights to a room.

Whether colorful thin stripes or wavy stripes, stripes of vines or interwoven stripes, vertical stripes running up the walls will lift up a room.

  • Use a striped fabric to drape the windows by running the fabric from the ceiling to the floor to create the appearance of a high ceiling and giving the room elegance.

Retro furnishings are renewed for 2013.

Green is not only an in color but it is also a way of life. Living “green” is being eco-friendly. Using items that can be repurposed for the decor is the trend now. Reinventing the old into new furnishings add a romantic retro touch to the decor with the added benefit of helping save the environment.

  • Old furnishings can be reupholstered with a contemporary fabric.
  • A old wood chest of drawers can be refreshed with a bright coat of gloss paint.IMG_0870
  • Lacquered and acrylic glass furnishings are new again.

Add a touch of old Hollywood glamour by scouring the resale shops for old goodies to be revived for new decor.

Hotel room decor is the longed for look for 2013.

There is nothing more thrilling than stepping into a new five star hotel room with the plush bed made up and the clean look of the clutter free room with the sleek furnishings. Less is more and elegant.

  •  Add some new plush bedding to your decor with a long roll pillow and runner.
  • Keep the dressers low and the tops clean of mess.

Sculptural accents make a huge statement this year.

An entire room can become a work of art with new sculptural decor touches.

  • A wall dressed up with three-dimensional tiles adds a clean but rustic look to a room.3DWallpanels-Wallart-Vaults-01
  • An asymmetrical lamp can double as a piece of art.
  • Dress the wall will functional sculpture that will double as a wine rack.

Geometric prints are speaking out loud and proud.

Large prints have made a return. Strip away the cutesy small patterns and dress the walls and furniture with large dimensional geometric designs.

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  • A large print on a wall will fashion an instant accent wall.
  • Decorate the room with large prints to create the appearance of a larger room.

No need to totally redo the décor to be trendy. Just a few touches can update the abode’s appearance into a new chic look. Take a throw in a trendy color or pattern to drape over a chair. Window treatments and lamp shades can easily be traded out for a new expression in a trendy color or pattern.

Add some new trendy color to your wardrobe to welcome visitors into your beautiful abode and never be afraid to dance!

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There are some great painting techniques one can do to achieve a fresh look on a budget. Everything can be painted. Walls, cabinetry, furniture, lampshades, accessories, and even fabric can be changed into a new appearance with paint.

With a little patience one can have fun being creative painting and reinventing an old armoire.

  • One piece can be painted a simple color to add a fresh look.
  • The armoire can be a canvas for a painted scene.
  • Use numerous colors for a fun look.
  • Paint a faux finish for an entire new feel.

Painting in one color can add new simple vibrancy to a piece.

Use paint to lighten up a dark wood and then change out the cabinet hardware to finish the new look. You can also use a coat of paint for damaged furniture. Make sure that the wood is sanded smooth and that chips and imperfections are filled in. Paint with a primer and then a high gloss enamel for a solid finish.

Bring out the artist in you by using an armoire door as a canvas to paint a mural.

Painting murals of scenes or flowers will make an armoire pop. There are different techniques to mural painting. You may use your own artwork or bring in a floral print to match upholstery. Use either the grid method or projector method to create an outline of the mural that you are going to paint.

Using a variety of colors will add excitement to an old piece of furniture.

Use a couple of colors to define trim and moldings or create an ombre effect with a few colors fading from dark to light. Steal from the streets and paint the armoire like a graffiti work of art. Paint a color blocked, geometric pattern with a few complementing colors. By using imagination the old armoire will be a work of new colors blossoming.

Faux painting can also be great to hide imperfect surfaces.

Faux Finishes are about blending colors and creating special effects, such as marble. Painting with faux finishes creates a multi-dimensional look to surfaces. There are many options when faux painting:

  • Faux marble
  • Venetian plastering
  • Paints & glazes
  • Color washing
  • Ageing & distressing
  • Wood graining
  • Ragging & stippling
  • Dragging
  • Sponge painting
  • Spatter painting
  • Crackling

Easy to follow instructions for Faux and Decorative Painting Techniques can be found at Benjamin Moore online and Faux Painting Techniques.

Mistakes are part of the adventure. Trial and error is part of the creation. Surfaces can always be sanded and primed to make a new canvas to be freshly painted. Do not be afraid to express yourself with color. Never be afraid to dance!

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