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4 Items to Paint When You Can’t Paint Your Apartment Walls

While some landlords and property managers may not allow you to paint the walls in your apartment, there are items and furniture where a coat of paint can go a long way toward making your place feel like home. For any paint project, there are a couple of prep items… Allstate https://i1.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/painting-a-dresser-in-teal_iStock_cropped.jpg?fit=684%2C456&ssl=1
Hand using teal paint to paint a wooden dresser.

While some landlords and property managers may not allow you to paint the walls in your apartment, there are items and furniture where a coat of paint can go a long way toward making your place feel like home.

For any paint project, there are a couple of prep items to keep in mind. First, take the time to wipe off any dust, dirt or debris from the surfaces to be painted. A damp cloth should do the trick. Allow the item to dry completely, then gently sand any uneven surfaces with fine sandpaper to prepare the item for painting. This may help ensure that the paint adheres properly and stays over time. If you want to avoid having to sand an item thoroughly, consider Architectural Digest’s suggestion and use a type of paint that can stick to surfaces without needing to be sanded. Some examples include: chalk or mineral paint. Finally, remember that painting should only take place in a well-ventilated space. Check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guide to paint safety indoors for more information.

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Keeping the above guidelines in mind, here are four items to consider painting to give your apartment an updated look:

1. Dresser

Want to add a pop of color to your bedroom? A coat of paint can turn a basic dresser or an old hand-me-down into a stunning focal point without much effort or cost. Decide on a color that works well with your decor, then get to work.

2. Coffee Table

Similar to painting your dresser, a painted coffee table can make a bold statement in your living room. While larger pieces like couches and area rugs tend to be a longer-term commitment to a particular color and style, a simple coat of paint on a coffee table allows you to update the overall look and feel of your living room whenever you’re in the mood for a change.

3. Picture Frames

Looking to start with a smaller project? Visit local yard sales or craft stores to find affordable frames or update your current frames with a coat of paint. Create an eye-catching centerpiece by selecting multiple colors or unify a variety of different frame styles by painting them all the same color and grouping them in a gallery wall-style display.

4. A Canvas

You don’t have to be particularly artistic to create a stunning work of art to display on your walls. Whether you choose to paint a canvas entirely in one color or get a little more creative in your design, purchasing a canvas (or a few), some acrylic paint and painter’s tape is a simple way to add art to your walls. If you’re planning to paint your canvas one color, opt for one large paint brush to quickly cover a larger surface area. If you’re wanting to create a design or paint a scene, consider investing in a set of brushes in various sizes and tip styles to help create your design.

Renting your space doesn’t have to mean living in a space without character and personalization — sometimes you just have to get a little creative in your customizations. Painting these items can be a great way to make your apartment feel like home sweet home.