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Stuck at Home During Quarantine? Tackle These DIY Projects

Got time on your hands during the coronavirus? With the new reality of social distancing, you probably do. Instead of exhausting your Netflix recommendations and working on that puzzle you thought you’d never open (let alone do), why not spruce up your house with a few fresh coats of paint? You’ll boost your home’s curb appeal and may even increase its overall value, too.

Fill up your free time and touch up your space with the following DIY paint project.

Before we start, a quick safety note

Keep in mind that some local home improvement stores might not be open or might have new regulations — like online orders and curbside pick-up.

Needless to say, put your safety, as well as the safety of others, first. Though we admit you’re probably going to be restlessly inspired in just a few moments, we recommend you work with what you already have or order online. If you need to run to the store, make sure to first call the store and learn about their COVID-19 policies.

Try one of these 12 DIY house painting projects to liven up your quarantine space and brighten up your day. 

Here are 12 DIY house painting projects you can do during self-quarantine to liven up your space and brighten up your day.

1. Front and Back Doors

Man paints his front door


Doors can look beaten up pretty fast. Luckily you can rejuvenate them pretty easily with a fresh coat of paint in an hour or less.

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, a freshly painted front door will greatly improve your home’s chances of making a strong first impression. You could even step up your outdoor decor with a bold front door color.

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2. Porch

Father and son working together to paint the front porch

Father and son working together to paint the front porch

Painting your porch doesn’t take as long as you might think, but the size of the space will determine the length of the project. Before you get to painting, make sure to thoroughly clean your porch — remove the grime and dust — to minimize the need for repeat coats.

A vibrant porch can help your appraisal, and may even get you higher offers if and when you choose to sell.

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3. Picture Frames 

Painting picture frames

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Got a few pictures hanging up on your walls? Add an artsy touch by chalk painting the frame. You can go bold with color, or stain natural wood for a classic look. This doesn’t take long — 30 minutes to an hour, tops.

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4. Kitchen Cabinets

Woman with hands in gloves painting cabinet glass door white, redecorating in isolation during Covid-19 pandemic outbreak

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Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so you shouldn’t hesitate to give it a little bit of TLC. Painting cabinets can take a bit of time. You’ll want to remove any hardware and hinges and have a place for them to dry. Because of this, you can expect it to take between two to six hours, depending on the size of your kitchen.

A renovated kitchen will not only help your home receive offers, but it may even encourage a bidding war if it captures everyone’s hearts.

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5. Accent Walls

Couple Painting Wall Yellow

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This is a fast project and shouldn’t take you very long to do. Add some personality and flair to your neutral bedroom or living room by adding a pop of color.

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6. Bookshelves

Woman choose paint color for shelves

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Painting your bookshelves is a project that takes longer than you might think — but it’s definitely worth your time and effort. Expect to spend a few hours on this one, and take your time getting into each and every corner with multiple coats. You’ll want these shelves to stand the test of time.

Go bold with color and don’t look back. You won’t regret it.

List of Supplies:

  1. Drop cloth
  2. Angled paintbrush
  3. Paint pan
  4. Paint color of your choice

7. Kitchen Chairs

mother and son painting rocking chair

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Painting chairs may very well take the longest on this list (because you’re painting a three-dimensional object that will likely need multiple coats). However, it’s worth it! This project has the power to modernize an entire space and get you excited to eat at your kitchen table again.

List of Supplies: 

  1. Drop cloth
  2. Angled paintbrush
  3. Paint pan
  4. Chalk or spray paint

8. Mirrors

Wall mirror painted white

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Similar to painting your picture frames, painting your mirror can also give any room a new pop. It doesn’t take long (30 minutes to an hour), and you’ll love the new look and feel. Go shabby chic with chalk paint or add some drama with metallic paint.

List of Supplies:

  1. Drop cloth
  2. Angled paintbrush
  3. Paint pan
  4. Painters tape
  5. Paint of your choice.

9. Floor Stencil

Woman painting with a stencil

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Can’t afford to make your home look like a Grecian or Mexican palace? You only think you don’t. Try using a stencil to create a pattern on your tiled bathroom floors. Granted, you have to be dedicated to do this, but when it’s done right, it looks amazing.

List of Supplies:

  1. Stencil
  2. Mini paint Roller
  3. Paintbrush
  4. Paint pan
  5. Painters tape
  6. Tile paint in a color of your choice

10. Bathroom cabinets

bathroom cabinets painted navy

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You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a bathroom renovation. Just paint the cabinets,  add some new hardware, and you’ll have the space looking like new. Expect to spend an afternoon on this project.

When you decide to sell, this updated touch will greatly improve your chances of receiving fast offers.

List of Supplies:

  1. Drop cloth
  2. Angled brush
  3. Paint pan
  4. Mini paint roller
  5. Paint color of your choice

11. Light Fixtures (including chandeliers)

Stunning kitchen and dining room in new luxury home. Wood beams and elegant pendant lights accent this beautiful open-plan dining room and kitchen

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This one’s fun, but it will require some basic electrical knowledge if you opt to paint your chandelier. It doesn’t take long, but you’ll need more cans of spray paint than you think. Depending on your lighting fixture, we recommend ordering three to four cans just to be safe (but you may even need more).

List of Supplies:

  1. Drop cloth
  2. Spray paint

12. Staircase

Mother and daughter on painted staircase

Adam Hester / Getty Images

You need to like color for this paint project. If you do, this one’s for you. You also need to be able to sleep downstairs for a few days because the paint needs time to cure. When painting your staircase, go systematically from top to bottom, or make every step unique. It’s all up to you!

List of Supplies:

  1. Paint roller
  2. Painters tape
  3. Mini paint roller
  4. Paint pan
  5. Angled brush
  6. Paint color of your choice
  7. Optional: Stencil

The bottom line

You can use this coronavirus quarantine time to make your home truly reflect your style and zest for life. When you’re done, you may even be thankful you got so much time to beautify your home!

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