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Hot DIY tip: pimp it with paint!

Lockdown got you looking to up your interiors game? Check out these five easy and cost-effective ways to change up your space with a simple lick of paint. Voila!

The one big plus of lockdown (apart from my new expert banana bread making skills) is that I’ve finally had chance to finish the multitude of mini DIY and interiors projects I’ve got on the go at home. Most of them are paint based admittedly as I’m a bit of a colour nut and like the immediate gratification! If you’re feeling inspired to give your home a timely spruce, here are five smart and simple ways to use paint like a pro.

Feature wall

Maximum impact for minimum effort? Me likey. I’ve painted one wall in my living room black (that’s it above!) and I absolutely love it. The only tricky bit was convincing Mr M to take the plunge to the dark side because I’d originally sold it in to him as being a dark teal (oops). Anyway now he loves it and there’s no better colour to show off a white neon sign!

Kitchen Cupboards

A new kitchen is a big investment and you’d be surprised what a lick of paint can do to change the aesthetic. Farrow & Ball are the bees knees for heritage colours (like the whole world I painted my cottage kitchen French Grey back in the day!). Top tip: don’t forget the edges and the insides, it’ll give the finish a much more professional look.

Old furniture

I found this old two-seater bistro set abandoned in the corner of my garden and it was looking pretty decrepit before I fixed it up with Unibond glue (aka miracle worker) and a pot of Pantone Yellow furniture spray. I love the bright pop of colour – hopefully it’s detracting from my horrendous old patio! It’s amazing what a lick of colour can do and not a hammer, nail or a power drill in site. I’m now open for commissions (kidding).

Garden bench

How chic does this one look with the arms and legs painted a different colour? I’ll be painting the newly fixed one in my garden yellow to match my bistro set. No, thanks for asking, you can’t get too much of a good thing.

Front door

Coloured doors are having a style moment and I’m here for it. Painting your own couldn’t be easier, plus have you seen the price of front doors lately? (Spoiler alert: it’s a lot). You’ll be saving thousands and there’s no chance of the postman forgetting where you live.


We may have no use for them at the moment – but they can still look damn stylish. Opt for camouflage and paint them the same colour as the wall, or choose something bold against a light background. It’s a great way to add colour and dimension to a room if you can’t bear to part with your crisp white walls.

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