The transformative power of paint in home improvement projects is undeniable. Whether it’s revamping an accent wall, an entire room, or even a piece of furniture, paint can work wonders. Typically an easy and affordable DIY option, it stands out as a cost-effective alternative to extensive renovations. However, not everything should be painted, as some items may be adversely affected. Here are six things you should steer clear of when considering a paint job in your home.
- Tile: Despite the temptation to use paint for a quick bathroom or kitchen makeover, artist and designer Elizabeth Sutton advises against painting tile. According to her, it never yields satisfactory results, appearing as a cheap fix with a tendency to chip and peel. For an economical alternative to refresh your tiles, consider installing a peel-and-stick backsplash.
- Natural Trim: Sutton cautions against painting over the beautiful grain of natural wood trim. Instead of covering it up with paint, she suggests opting for a stain to change the color while preserving the wood’s texture and beauty.
- Wood Flooring: While it might be tempting to paint dated wood floors for an update, it’s a risky move. Refinishing floors is a labor-intensive task, and damaged floors can be difficult and costly to repair or replace. If a change is desired, hiring a professional to re-stain the floors is a safer and more economical option.
- Hardware: Painting hardware such as knobs, faucets, and hinges is discouraged, as the paint tends to chip and scratch with use. According to Kat Christie, painting locks and door handles can lead to functionality issues, posing potential dangers.
- Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors: While not aesthetically pleasing, tampering with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is a safety risk. Painting over these devices can block sensors and reduce their effectiveness, compromising the safety of your home.
- Appliances: Despite the recent trend of painting appliances, caution is advised. Christie highlights the potential disruption of operation and electricity, posing a fire hazard. The expense of replacing an appliance due to improper painting outweighs the cost of waiting for a sale or saving for a new one.
While paint can work wonders in home improvement, some items are better left untouched to avoid aesthetic and functional issues.
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