Here at Apartment Therapy, we're (still) big fans of chalkboard paint. The other day we took a look at some fresh and inspiring ways to use chalkboard paint in your house, and today we're zeroing in on one of our favorite places to put this stuff to work: the kitchen.
Lots of the things you dream about changing in your kitchen — new countertops, new flooring, new appliances — will cost an arm and a leg. But the good news is that there are things you can do to make your kitchen a better place that won't quite break the bank. Here are five ideas.
When folks aren't happy with the look of a bathroom, sometimes it's because it is in need of some major changes: a renovation. For most of us, though, creative decoration will instantly help boost the look of this often woefully under-styled space. Yes, it's a utilitarian room, but don't let that stop you - in this small space, simple decorative changes are fast, affordable and definitely go a long way...
This is Mattie's old bathroom, pre Style Cure. Even though she was a little off of the usual Cure schedule, due to some conflicts with work and potty training, it doesn't make her results any less impressive. The best part? The budget for her entire bathroom redo was a low low $49.
I was “gifted” this really simple, but classic desk from my boyfriend to use as a makeup table/vanity. While I loved the character, the desk was pretty beat up. There were imprints and scratches on the top and the knobs mismatched. I decided to take on my first larger project in my new apartment and paint the desk an awesome shade of teal gray. Not knowing a whole lot about furniture repainting, I researched a couple of different blogs and home repair sites to see what kind of tools I would need and how complicated this project would be. Turns out, it was really easy!
White is sometimes underplayed as the default choice of colorphobes, but some of the boldest and most sophisticated rooms in the world have white walls. Maxwell loves decorating with white walls – as long as it's the right kind of white. According to Maxwell, the best whites aren't just a "blank canvas." He says, "I like the ones with a bit of depth and color." A good white wall never looks unfinished, "it looks intentional."
In honor of Simply White, Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2016, we've combed through our House Tour archives and found three wildly different rooms that offer beautiful evidence in support of white's timeless elegance.
Jess sent in photos and info on her exterior makeover project. She writes: Crazy what a coat of paint will do! We chose Benjamin Moore's Sun Valley for the doors and French Beret for the trim. We had originally chosen black instead of the deep blue/gray. Clearly we made the right choice. I love that the door is a ray of sunshine every time you see it! In gray Seattle weather, you need to be reminded of the sun sometimes.
White paint doesn't always get the respect it deserves. Too often it's considered a default, or a color for people who can't pick a color.
But white is consistently voted the 'most popular' and 'most likely to succeed' member of the color spectrum. And in so many cases, it's white that allows other colors to pop. As Maxwell says, "A good white wall is like a nice formal dress shirt – it's the perfect foundation. It holds the space of the room while directing attention to the art and the furnishings." Here are five beautiful rooms that show that white paint is the hero we've been waiting for.