Complete Guide to Interior Painting: From a Professional Painter

Painting the interior of your home can be quite an investment if you hire a professional. You can easily do the work yourself, if you have the time and the energy. Being a professional painter for over fifteen years, I am able to provide you with complete instructions on the preparation, and painting the way the pros do.

Part One: Interior Painting Preparation

Step 1:
Get a bucket of warm water and add a cup of vinegar, wash walls with a sponge and do not let the water drip to the floor, or let the sponge drip water on the floor.
Repeat step one without vinegar.

Step 2:
With a small 4″ and 6″ trowel spread the compound over small nicks and holes/ Allow to dry up to one day. Repeat as needed until the walls are completely and equally flat. Note if the walls are textured you will have to still do this process and blend in with the existing texture that is there.

Step three:
Lightly sand the walls after each coat of compound. Be sure to cover everything with plastic as this dust will clearly make it to the other side of the house! Make a wall around the room you are working in with painters plastic and painters tape, before you sanding!

Step 4:
With a damp rag wipe the entire wall as many times as needed until there is no more dust on the walls or dust streaks.

Step 5:
Caulk around all the trim for quality finishes. Cut the tip of the tube of caulking so that is at 45-degree angle and put the tube into caulking gun. Be sure to have a pail of cold water and a painters’ rag. Hold the caulk gun with both hands and place the 45-degree angle of the tube so that it is flush in the corner of where you are caulking. Move the caulk gun steadily without stopping to the other corner. You may have to squeeze the trigger depending on the size of the trim you are doing. But always keep it moving steadily. Before you move on to another area that you may caulk, take the damp rag and ring it out. Wrap your index finger with the rag and put in corner of where you started to caulk. Steadily and smoothly move your finger down, to where you stopped filling in the caulk. If you mess up the rhythm find a spot on the rag where there is no caulk, finesse until there can be no visible marks in the bead of caulk that you put in this corner. There should be caulk on the wall. When its completely dry you should not see any evidence of caulk. Repeat this everywhere as needed, and in fill in any kind of a crack that can be seen in-between windows, doors, floor and ceiling trim if it applies. After you apply paint to trim and walls, should there be caulk visible, you must cut it out with a razor and a painters tool. Re-caulk and repaint the trim until no caulk is seen.

Part 2: Ceiling Preparation and Painting

Always paint the ceiling first. You will need the following supplies to properly paint a ceiling:

  • ceiling paint
  • paint tray
  • paint tray liners
  • 2″ paint brush
  • paint roller frame and roller sleeve (make sure paint roller is adjustable for extension pole)
  • painters 5 in 1 tool
  • painter plastic & painters tape
  • extension pole
  • a safe ladder, preferably 6 foot

Step 1: Cover entire floor area of where ceiling is to be painted. Be sure the room is completely emptied out.

Step 2: Using painters tape, place in-between ceiling and wall. Apply tape on walls as close to the ceiling as possible. There is a straight edge on the tape. Any slight crookedness will be seen. As you are placing the tape fold bottom half of tape up toward ceiling. Place tape everywhere that the ceiling meets the wall. Many people can do this with sections of tape and some can do it with one piece of tape, this comes with experience and practice. Place plastic on tape so all walls are covered.

Step 3: Get ready to paint the ceiling. Start with a very clean 5 gallon bucket and a clean, brand new t-shirt. You must filter the paint. I recommend a new cotton t-shirt because it is usually lint free, clean, and the fabric is good for filtering precisely. Cut the t- shirt in half and tie with a string around the rim of the bucket, leaving a little dip in the shirt. Pour the paint into the shirt a little at a time with a mixing stick (usually free when you buy a gallon of paint) from side to side scrape paint against shirt lightly. Gradually add more as it presses through the shirt into the bucket..

Step 4: Add paint to tray and roll the roller back and forth, on the tray, leaving paint on the roller. Do not over saturate the roller so that the paint is dripping off when you pick it up out of the tray. Be sure that paint is evenly spread on all parts of roller sleeve. Let sit in middle of room.

Step 5: With a 2 inch angled or flat paint brush, dip your paint brush halfway into the paint several times and wipe off the excess paint onto the rim of the can. To avoid wasting paint, do this so the excess paint goes back into the can.. Paint ceiling wall line at least 2″ onto ceiling. When painting the trim it is okay to get the paint onto the painters tape but if your not painting the walls you will take your time NOT to get paint onto the tape. Move ladder and paint as you move around the room. Be sure the ladder has a paint can holder/tray. Never leave the paint can on the ladder. Always take care to take the paint can with you when you get off the ladder. Be sure to leave only enough paint in the can to cover halfway up the bristles. If you spill your paint by accident you wont have too much to clean up. Always hold onto the ladder with one hand while climbing down. This way you can leave your paint brush in the paint can while climbing down. While climbing down a ladder, it is best to hold on securely with one hand, and in the other balance the paint brush over the can while still holding the handle, so any drips will be caught in the can. Now that you are done with the first coat of ceiling , trim/cut you are ready to roll out the ceiling.

Step 6: Coat the roller in paint evenly. Take your extension poll and screw it to roller frame. Depending on your height, adjust the extension poll so that you can hold with two hands and reach the ceiling carefully. Start in one corner of the room. Roll paint on to ceiling in both directions close to wall. Blend into the 2″ cut you made earlier, and get as close to ceiling as possible without hitting ceiling with the roller frame. Wet the roller again and re-roll the section you just did. Once you have about a 5×5 area, move straight down until you reach the other end of the room. Work in 5×5 sections, all the way across the ceiling. Then on your next ‘row’ overlap the adjoining areas by about six inches. Ceilings that have lots of natural light should be left to professional . Re-coat as needed.

Part 3: The Trim

Next to be painted in the room is the trim. Use painters tape around glass and for moving parts, such as hinges, and windows. Use a piece of paper or painters tape , carefully paint around these areas. When you apply paint to window trim try to move fast and accurately. Try not to put paint on the tape. The tape is there to help you learn, eventually you will not need the tape if you plan to paint on a regular basis. If you are slow without the tape, than put the tape on and immediately remove it when you are done. Be careful not to let tape hit the drying paint because it will leave a mark. Do not leave tape on glass, as it is very time consuming to remove if you do. When painting door trim it is okay to get a little on the wall if it is brushed but not a full stroke as that will leave a different texture on the wall.

Part 4: Painting Walls

Use set up instructions for painting a ceiling. Use your wall paint, be sure to over lap and finesse blend accordingly. Follow same instructions for rolling out the ceiling.


Interior Decorating Ideas for a Black and Gold Room

If the title of this article makes you a bit nauseous maybe you should move on. I am about to discuss decorating a room in black and gold… exclusively. Only the bravest of souls should venture forth. There are two options for decorating a room in black and gold. You can have a black room with gold accents, or a gold room with black accents.

Decorating a gold room with black accents:

Gold is a very bright and shiny color, but not one you should fear it when decorating. Fortunately, gold comes in many shades and hues. When painting a room in gold, you will want to use one of the less vibrant shades and instead choose something more muted. You can add more brilliant shades of gold to the room in the form of accessories.

So go ahead and choose a shade of gold you know you can live with on a large scale and paint the walls of your room gold. Find matching gold window treatments as well. Now you are ready to add your black accents.

You will need black furniture. It can be modern with steel legs, leather, or traditional with gold painted wood trim, based on your personal style. You will want to pair it with a black entertainment center or other large piece of furniture. You should also use an area rug with a black border to anchor the furniture pieces. Also, create an accent wall by hanging a series of music or art, framed in black.

Decorating a black room with gold accents:

A black room with gold accents will make a most dramatic statement. It can also darken the room considerably so you will want to choose a room that is awash with sunlight and large. When painting your room, you will want to use flat or eggshell paint on the walls, and white paint on the trim and possible below a chair rail, to further break up the color.

Accessorize your black room with large pieces or multiple pieces or art framed in gold or in a gold motif. The idea is not to cover up the black, but to showcase the accents on a black background. Bring in gold colored upholstered furniture (or bedding) or perhaps black leather with gold throw blankets and pillows.


Beautiful Paint Combinations for Your Home’s Interior

Use these beautiful paint color combinations if you are tired of all neutrals, or need a change.

Living Room

A living room should be warm and welcoming. Use a combination of stone hues to create a beautiful palette that has strong masculine undertones of slate and rock. Combine a faded moss green with a deep chocolate brown, a dusty blue and a barely there reddish tan. Add a pale white, the color of sheepskin as your neutral.

Teen Girl’s Bedroom

Retain some femininity in her bedroom decor through her teen years, while allowing some metallics to shine through. Think of a light aqua blue and bright pink, slightly darker than traditional Florida Art Deco colors. Add some silver metallic paint, and either a cool, dark gray or a deep shade of ruby. Pure white can be used a the neutral in this beautiful paint color combination for a teen girl’s bedroom.

Kitchen Paint Combinations

A lively and vibrant kitchen can be created with earthy and bright paint color combinations. Keep it hot with a warm red, a gem green and bright yellow. Use a reddish brown or umber brown for trim.

Formal Dining Room

You’ll feel like royalty when you incorporate a cool and plum-based paint color combination in the formal dining room. World’s away from green or boring tan, this luxurious palette will bring out the facets of your displayed crystal or silver. Start with a dusty rose and paint faux panels on the walls. Add plum frames, in the form of paint, or by using thin pieces of trim. Paint the walls a creamy white. Accessorize with a more mauve-like plum and blue wildflower hues. Add a bit of coral color for warmth.

Bachelor Bedroom or Den

For bachelor’s bedroom or a man’s den, look no further than his closet for inspiration, according to the Paint Color Institute. Paint wall colors warm grey, with chocolate brown trim. Add navy blue decor, bedding and accessories. Paint the back of doors with stripes or a diamond pattern, to mimic argyle sweaters. Leather furniture will add texture to this beautiful paint color combination.

Gender-Neutral Playroom

Pluck some citrus colors from the paint store the next time you want to paint a child’s playroom. Paint one wall a vibrant orange, with a warm white ceiling. Add geometric shapes to the room by using apple green, with hints of black trim. Achieve white accents by painting blocks of a wall with black chalkboard paint.



Inexpensive Interior Decorating: How to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Contrary to popular belief, sprucing up your interior decorations to suit the fall season does not necessarily have to cost a fortune. By setting and sticking to a realistic budget, you can easily add a touch of autumn to your home without breaking the bank.

Let’s explore a few inexpensive and simple interior decorations that add a tasteful touch of fall to any home:

Update Your Candles

Powder blue candles on the table during a dinner party is certainly not fitting with a fall interior decoration theme. Updating your decorative candles in fall colors is affordable and creates the appearance of a well-organized seasonal theme.

If desired, scented candles also make a nice addition to fall interior decorations. Not only are scented candles available in a wide variety of colors, but fall fragrances will aid in the overall theme and feel of your home.

Vines, Leaves, Berries, and Nuts

By taking a stroll in your backyard, you can easily locate many of the basics needed for cheap fall interior decorating. Vines, leaves, berries, and nuts can be displayed in endless fashions and help to create a warm and cozy environment.

Be sure to research poisonous plants in your area before picking any of these items.

Display Flowers in Fall Colors

Displaying flowers in fall colors is a quick, easy, and thrifty way of adding a seasonal touch to any room in your home. Rather than purchasing fresh flowers on a regular basis, consider fake plants or flowers that thrive in the fall weather, such as mums.

Experiment with Gourds

Much like miniature pumpkins, gourds are typically rather inexpensive and effortlessly located throughout the fall season. Gourds can be displayed alone or with other fall themed items such as candles, plants, flowers, and miniature pumpkins.

Not only do miniature gourds make a nice colorful addition to other fall decorations, but they can also be dried and decorated in a variety of fashions to compliment nearly any home decor.

Add Color to Indoor Plants

Indoor plants and greenery often clash with fall home decorations, which creates a disorganized appearance. The solution to this problem is very simple: add bright fall colors to your indoor plants. This can be achieved by purchasing fake leaves, flowers, and vines, and gently adding the items to the indoor plant.

Place Mats, Table Runners, and Table Cloths

Creating a highly detailed fall center piece and place setting is often quite pricey and time consuming. Rather than spending the time and energy attempting to achieve a perfect table, consider purchasing thrifty fall table decorations. Attractive fall themed place mats, table runners, and table cloths are generally quite affordable and readily available at department and discount stores.

Miniature Pumpkins

Available at most large grocery chains and farmers’ markets during the fall season, miniature pumpkins are an excellent fall interior decoration. The pumpkins can be displayed alone or with other seasonal items, are quite easy to work with, and are often available at very low prices.


3 Interior Design Tactics to Create Space in Crowded Rooms

Look around the room. There are so many things that you have! Couches, bookshelves, souvenirs from travel, the list goes on and on! With so much stuff, it won’t take long before your room is completely stuffed and you have no place to move or enjoy yourself. Using these three great interior design tips and tactics, you will be able to open up that cluttered space!

Tactic #1: Pick the right lighting for the room!

Lighting is a huge part in what makes a room look large or small. A flat, large overhead light will definitely make your room look tinier. If you are going for the minimalist, small space, then by all means go for the top overhead lighting, however if you are wanting to make the place seem larger it’s best to use individual lighting to brighten up the room. Use lamps, candles, even track lighting in some instances to really get the full effect. With individual lighting, you will also be able to put emphasis on the things you want to put emphasis on (that $2000 painting) and take emphasis away from you don’t want pointed out (your dog’s huge urine stain).

Tactic #2: Mirrors! Mirrors! Mirrors!

Not only are mirrors good for helping you located and remove that nasty bit of broccoli wedged sneakily between your two front teeth, they can also make a room seem bigger! Putting mirrors in rooms can also save on electricity if you use them to bring in more natural light from the sun. Set a mirror across from your window, and open up the blinds every once in a while! Generally speaking, the bigger you want the room to appear, the bigger the mirror you should get.

Tactic #3: What about my furniture?

When it comes to your couches and coffee tables, there are a few things to note. Pale furniture will open up a room much better than intensely colored furniture will. Also, if you are trying to conserve space, check out furniture that comes with built-in drawers and compartments! Get a coffee table that has a drawer for your remotes and TV-Guides. Also, it may be smart to position your biggest couch (or only couch in some cases) facing the door, as it not only makes the room look nicer, but will give the impression that you have more space.

Using just these three tactics, you should be able to make your bedroom, living room, or any other room for that matter look nicer and much larger than it actually is. Be creative and don’t forget to try different furniture placements! You never know how much better a room can look until you move it around a few times to really find the best match for the room!


Five interior decorating lessons I learned the hard way

Most interior decorating articles involve a picture of a beautiful room. This is not one of those articles. Like most amateur interior decorators, I’ve learned many lessons through trial and error. The good news is, my mistakes don’t have to become your mistakes. For instance, although paint is one of the least expensive decorating options, it can be costly when it’s not done properly.

Painting is a simple fix, right? For some reason, the old owners of our house decided to paint every common room with one wall of sea-foam green. It was all right (for now) in the bathrooms, but the living room and dining room didn’t mesh with our Southwestern decor. Time for a little painting. So off we go with some beautiful paint. We slapped it on the walls in a heartbeat. It was absolutely gorgeous; for about two weeks. That’s when it started to peel.

Lessons 1 and 2 learned:

  • Old houses have several layers of paint that need to be stripped.
  • Always use primer, even if you’re putting dark over light.

So what if our house needs a few cosmetic changes? We bought a house that needed a bit of elbow grease. It has beautiful hardwood floors. Unfortunately, the old owners did half a re-finish job on them. They didn’t continue the stain into the closets. We figured we could match the stain and just extend the work. Not so fast. Matching stain isn’t that easy. Now we have to do the entire surface of all the wood floors over.

Lesson 3 learned:

  • Re-finishing wood floors is an all or nothing proposition.

We thought we could update our counters one step at a time, too. In our “new to us” home, we have old white tile counter-tops. We knew we would have to replace them. Our idea was to replace the broken tiles first, tolerating the look until we could afford new counter-tops. Not so fast. We purchased what we thought were matching tiles. They once were. Problem was, we didn’t account for aging.

Lesson 4 learned:

  • If you have to replace aging tile, plan to replace all of them at once. Tiles yellow with age.

In the kitchen and one bath, we have lovely vinyl covering hardwood. How awesome! Let’s get rid of that vinyl and uncover the hardwood. Problem? There was a reason for the vinyl. The hardwood underneath was damaged and warped. This is not something we can fix ourselves. Now we have to buy new vinyl until we can afford to pay someone to repair and re-finish the hardwood, as well as blending it in with the other finished floors.

Lesson 5 learned:

  • Budget for professional help before you tear up the floor.



Shabby Chic Storage Accessories for the Living Room

A shabby chic living room is just not complete without the addition of some storage accessories to add class to the room. There are hundreds of different ways that you can store items in the living room and still maintain a shabby chic appeal. Here are a few of my favorite ways to store small items in the living room while staying shabby chic and organized at the same time!

Canisters: Those old canisters that grandma used to have all over the house are a great way to store small items and stay organized and maintain the shabby chic appeal of the room. Shabby chic canisters can be found at thrift stores or you may even have some of them laying around the house already making them a very economical choice for storage too!

Baskets: Baskets and more baskets it seems like you just can’t get enough of them when you are trying to give your home a shabby chic style. If you have raw wood baskets already then a quick coat of white paint can be used to give them a more shabby chic décor. Rough the paint up a bit once applied to give the baskets a truly shabby chic distressed look. Just about anything can be stored in the baskets from magazines to television remotes and knick knacks.

Jars: While jars are likely not the most common living room storage container they are great for small table top items. Do you keep a pen or pencil by your favorite chair in the living room? A jar is a great way to store small items such as pens and pencils, paper clips, candies, and other small living room accessories that are commonly lost if just left out on the table.

Shelving: Adequate shelving space can be the answer to your storage nightmares. To create shabby chic living room shelves give old shelves a coat of paint and distress the wood a bit with sand paper after painting. You may also want to try a crackle finish on the shelving to create a weathered look that is truly perfect for a shabby chic designed living room décor!

Cabinets: You can often find small cabinets that are perfect for shabby chic décor at thrift stores or yard sales. Do not fill the living room with large cabinet pieces but rather with small corner cabinets or single wall cabinets that have glass fronts so that the inside items in the cabinets can be showcased! This will give the living room a truly shabby chic look and ample storage space for all those little knick knacks!


How to Decorate Your Home in Shabby Chic Decor

What is shabby chic décor? In a nutshell, it is anything that looks or feels old that is being recycled, reused or renewed as part of your décor. Some people refer to shabby chic as being vintage – – period furniture, old fabrics (especially florals), chandeliers, slipcovered sofas and antique lamps. These items can be found at flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores and even your finer retail establishments are great places to shop for your shabby chic decorating items. However, be careful not to go “too shabby” or you will end up with something that is more “dumpster” defunct (which is not attractive at all) rather than shabby chic.

Shabby chic décor is not as easy as throwing together some scratched up wood furniture, vintage lamps and a slipcovered couch. It does take planning and a careful eye to piece together the perfect combination of vintage pieces to arrive at a shabby chic abode. The first decision you must make before purchasing one item is what color scheme you want throughout your home (or the room you are redecorating). Shabby does not mean mismatched or uncoordinated; therefore, throwing color schemes together that are not compatible will not give you the effect that you desire. White or cream is the base color for most shabby chic with soft pale colors of blue, green, yellow and pink as accent colors. Once you have chosen your color scheme, it is time to begin choosing your furniture and accessories to turn your home into a shabby chic heaven.

Furniture is usually the one item that breaks your budget when decorating. However, with shabby chic you are reusing and recycling old furniture making this decorating style very affordable for your home. Think of old, wooden pieces of furniture with peeling or chipped paint (be careful of this if you have small children in your home) that you can refinish. Shop yard sales and thrift stores for furniture that is considered outdated or antique looking. Often you can purchase these items for practically nothing and use slipcovers, reupholster with a vintage fabric or paint/varnish to create a wonderful shabby chic item for your home.

When choosing your fabrics, think in color schemes of pale pinks, roses, blues, greens and yellows. Floral patterns and stripes are popular and may be mixed together in complimentary patterns. Fabrics look as if they have been used over a long period to create that worn, vintage appearance. Try draping pretty linens over a plain, wooden chair in a corner in your bedroom or kitchen as an accent piece. On the other hand, you may want to leave the bottom drawer of an old dresser open to showcase vintage linens and an old black and white picture in a Victorian frame.

Bedspreads made of white chenille with intricate patterns are the perfect shabby chic item to have in your bedroom. Use pillows with mint green, pink and yellow dainty flowers to accent the white bedspread. Try draping a vintage piece of old lace or place lace doilies on the top of an old dresser and use old perfume bottles as decoration. Vintage and antique looking lamps are a wonderful accent to a small bedside table.

Quilts are another versatile shabby chic décor item that can be used in many areas of your home. Drape quilts over chairs in your living room or bedroom or hang small quilts on the wall for accent items. If you purchase old wooden chairs for your dining room table, consider painting them a cream or white shade and using an old quilt to cover the seats of the chairs.

One of my favorite shabby chic ideas is for the bathroom – – transform an old dresser into a sink and vanity. Paint it white and add ceramic drawer pulls with a French rose on them. Look for a basin that is slightly chipped that has a “lived” with appeal.

I found when I first attempted shabby chic décor that I was overwhelmed and had no clue what to do. I found that looking at websites that offered brand new shabby chic décor and furniture helped me get a feel for the design technique. This also helped me begin to look for items at thrift stores and other places that were inexpensive but had the same appeal as the new items. Try Not To Shabby or Cottage Chic Store to get ideas.


Creating a Shabby-Chic Bedroom for Your Toddler

Creating a Shabby-Chic Bedroom for Your Toddler

Creating a shabby-chic bedroom for your toddler can be very fun and often doesn’t have to be expensive. Using simple detail and thought when going for the shabby-chic look may be easier than you think, and it can create less of a hole in your pocket than expected. shabby-chic refers to a worn-out look, somewhat old, using cream colors, light pinks and pastels of all sorts. Using old items, yet with a little class left in them, can make a shabby-chic room stick to its name. For instance, and old style telephone with mint gold accents still attached would be perfect for any shabby-chic room, in the case of a toddler, an old tea set with the shiny rims still in tact can create the look easily.

Starting with the color of the walls is a great idea. A simple washed-out white or cream color would be perfect, if you want it a tad tarker, opt for an egg shell yellow. If you have hardwood floors, find a unique rug with extremely light colors with a possible floral design thats easy to match your other accessories with. Try to stick with light colored wood in oak colors for your furniture, if you want more of a whiter style, finding an old, distressed furniture bedroom set of white pieces would look fabolous. Try thrift shops or even yardsales to find shabby-chic furniture, without spending a pretty penny.

Accents in the room can be of all sorts to stick with the shabby-chic decor you are going for. As mentioned above, a tea set would look great on an old miniature dining table in the middle of your daughter’s room. You can hang a round canopy from her bed, and use some crafting skills of your own by buying shabby-chic flowers that can be found at any craft store and drape and pin around the canopy to dress it up. White and silver antique styled frames with butterflies and gems atop of the furniture could really dress this room up also. These can be found at discount department stores such as Marshalls and TJMAXX for about $6.00. Old style vases with fresh flowers would also doll the room up and make it look alive and fresh. If you can find an old toy chest, and distress it yourself, that would be another fantastic piece to add to your daughter’s shabby-chic styled room. A vintage mirror that stand by itself would be another perfect item to add.

Keep in mind when shopping for shabby-chic, you want an “elegant and classy” look, with noticeable aging to the items you are choosing. Anything with detailed rod iron work in white, brass or silver also dresses up the shabby-chic design. Since you are creating the shabby-chic look for your toddler, try to find vintage items appealing to the age bracket. A used, wooden horse or even wicker items can bring out the shabby-chic in the room even more. Fabrics should be of light colors also, with floral designs if you like. A modern chandelier with and old-style feel can finish the room for an overall shabby-chic toddler’s bedroom design!


How to Spruce Up Old Furniture

Unless you have taken the Shabby Chic decor to a new level, you might want to spruce up your old furniture in your home. Evaluate the condition of your furniture to determine if the piece needs a good cleaning, some polishing, refurbishing or a total makeover.

Wood Furniture

Wood furniture which is in decent shape needs to be cleaned. For wood surfaces, Murphy Oil Soap Spray with Orange Oil is useful for cleaning wood trim on furniture, or small tables. For small nicks or scratches, rub in some liquid wax stick made for sprucing up wood furniture.

For wood furniture which as seen better days on its finish, lightly sand it down, fill any holes with wood putty and secure any loose pieces. Some pieces may also need to be stripped with paint stripper. Varnish or paint the piece and when its dry, add new non-scuff adhesive circles to the bottom.

For chairs with removable cushions, remove the cushion and add new fabric, using a staple gun to attach the fabric to the bottom. Adding cushions to wooden chairs is another way to spruce them up. If you cannot find chair cushions you like and you don’t sew, purchase any discount or cheap cushions and place them inside trimmed pillowcases.


Following the upholstery instructions for cleaning your specific fabric, and spot shampoo with a light detergent to remove any stains. Secure or replace any wobbly couch legs. When your upholstery has suffered from pets and kids, or too many cocktail parties, but the furniture is still solid and comfortable, your best solution is a fitted slipcover. The beauty of a slipcover is that it makes it easy to not only spruce up your old furniture, but you can also change the room’s decor. Slipcovers are washable and it’s easy to keep the room looking spiffy and ready for drop-in company.

Metal Furniture

Metal furniture can be spruced up in a jiffy with some metal furniture spray paint. You need an outdoor space, a non-rainy day and a couple of hours of drying time. Turn any metal shelves from drab to fab with pewter or silver paint, and give new life to any metal tables or TV stands.


Spruce up desktops in a home office or the kids room by lining the drawers with a colorful, patterned contact paper. A sheet of contact paper can also be placed on top of the desk. Try a strip first, as some comes off more easily than others.

Kitchen and Dining Tables

Once you’ve cleaned, polished and repaired any tables, particularly dining tables, keep a thick table mat on the table, underneath a tablecloth to keep it from being damaged from water stains or pots and pans if you bring those to the dining table.