8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Paint

Repurpose old items with a fresh coat of paint. We found new ways to paint old things that normally aren't thought of as being paint friendly.

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Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Jars and Cannisters

These handy vessels can be used to hold a number of things around the kitchen. Here, chalkboard paint and an easy-to-apply stencils transform these plain cannisters into a unique accessory.

Upholstered Chair

Kristy from Hyphen Interiors used a mixture of water, fabric medium and latex paint to give this old wingback chair a facelift. After the fabric was painted, she hit the wood legs with a couple coats of glossy white for glam modern look.


Nancy from Owen's Olivia turned plain white Ikea curtains into works of art by using four shades of paint, a few rolls of painter's tape and a lot of patience. The results are stunning, as the multi-tone chevrons look like high-end designer window treatments.

Dried Flowers

Camilla Fabbri from Family Chic found the best way to preserve spent hydrangeas is to hit them with a coat of spray paint. The deep indigo she used on these makes for a striking centerpiece.


Yes, you can paint carpet. Cover pesky stains by creating stripes or custom patterns. Here, Joanne Palmisano turned a low-pile carpet remnant into a beautiful area rug.

Before and After: Appliances

Can't afford a kitchen makeover? Paint it! Thomas' Liquid Stainless Steel can be used on appliances and faucets. The water-based resin is stainless steel in liquid form, and it provides a brushed-stainless look that is as durable as an automotive-grade finish.

Wooden Spoons

Cooking needn't be a chore with these bright, color block-inspired kitchen utensils. Simply tape and paint for a cheap, chic project you can complete in an afternoon. And when paired with natural wood or bamboo-hued tones, those neon colors just sing. Courtesy of Sarah Khandjian at SarahHearts.


Whether you're planning a quirky party or want to spice up a bland area of your home, try your hand at this easy neon animal garland. From dinos to farm animals (or any plastic object), you can create your dream garland with little more than twine and spray paint. Courtesy of Erin Loechner at DesignForMankind.

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