Decorative Paint Ideas for Your Kitchen

A fresh coat of paint is the ultimate cheap, quick, and dramatic way to liven up the décor of any room. Families spend too much time in the kitchen to leave the room out of design plans, and with these ideas major change is possible. All you need is a roller or brush and some buckets of the colors that inspire you.

1. Bring Charm to the Inside of the Pantry

For some fun and whimsy, consider uncommon colors and patterns for walls such as the red and white checkerboard pattern pictured.

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2. Try Painted Flooring

Add color and texture to a kitchen by painting a plank floor. Here, the muted checkerboard pattern is eye-catching but not overbearing.

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3. Create Pasture-Inspired Animal Mugs

To dress up plain dishware, use templates of your favorite petting zoo animals. Place each shape on a small piece of contact paper and outline it in pencil. Cut along the outline and throw away the paper inside the outline, creating a stencil. Peel off the backing and stick the stencil onto a clean, dry mug, making sure to center the image. Following the package directions, use a soft brush to fill in the outline with dishwasher-safe PermEnamel paint ($3.49 for two ounces, Let the dishware dry before carefully removing the contact paper. Clean up wiggly edges with a damp cotton swab. Allow the paint to cure for 10 days.

4. Freshen Up the Cabinets

A fresh coat of paint is a simple, budget-friendly update for your kitchen cabinets. This idea is especially attractive if you already like the arrangement and style of your cabinets.

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5. Go for a Bright Pantry Door

One important brightly-colored piece can add personality and freshness to a tired-looking kitchen. Use a vibrant, solid color for the door and surround it with neutral colors to make the paint pop.

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