Can’t afford to do a whole repainting of your room? Paint is still the best budget decorating technique around, but if the cost of even a gallon is off your budget radar, try a quart! There are still a lot of things you can do to make a color statement and a style update with just one quart of paint. Choose wisely, grab a brush or a foam roller (or both) and let’s paint!




Paint the backs of bookshelves or open cabinets and cupboards. Adding a pop of oomph turns it into a focal piece! Photo by Emily Clark.



Paint just the trim in the room a cool shade of…whatever! There is no law that your trim has to be neutral, either. Have fun!



Quart of chalkboard paint? Paint the end wall of the kitchen for an instant grocery list/to do list/ note leaving station! (FYI: Chalkboard paint can be tinted, it doesn’t have to be black!)



Paint your office chairs, the two end dining chairs, or an entry chair a really crisp, fresh color. (And hey, did I mention chalkboard paint?)



Paint thrift store photo or mirror frames all the same funky color in the room.



Stair risers are a quick and easy way to paint a little spring in your step!



Did you know you can paint fabric? Pick up a bottle of textile medium at the craft store in the craft paint aisle, and mix with almost any paint. Use to stamp, stencil or hand paint any fabric surface. Check out this stenciled drapes project from ‘Our Fifth House’.



Paint over an old painting you loathe… you don’t have to be an artist, simply paint the entire thing one really inspiring color. Contemporary art. Voila. Want more? Add a DIY quote to your canvas, project by Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle.



Paint your headboard. Don’t have one? Paint one! Follow the instructions for BHG”s faux painted headboard.



Lastly, paint a rug! Try this painted sisal rug project on for size…


Got a quart of paint? Change your room, on a budget! Get painting!

Image Credits: BHG, Girls Life, Emily Clark, Marion House Book, Lowes, BHG, BHG, Real Simple, Our Fifth House, Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle, BHG

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  1. Betty819 June 5, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I hope that others will share their ideas what projects they have used only a qt. of paint for.

    1. Ellie McNiece June 18, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      I painted the inside of my linen and broom closets – one is pink and one is mauve. The pop of colour every time I open one of the doors makes me smile. I intend to do more surprise pops of colour in my house :)

      1. Kathy Woodard June 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

        Love that!

  2. joyce June 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    my shower walls have started rotten away and I was wondering if I could paint them I have that stuff up there that thay had to nail up and its popping and craking what can I do to make it pretter I rent so I don’t want to spend a lot I thought of painting it or hanging some kind of tile but don’t know what I can get that will wont fall off when water hits it can you tell me what to do? thank u.

    1. Kathy Woodard June 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Joyce –
      Hard to say without more info and also I’m sure you are limited since you are renting.

    2. Beth February 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Contact your landlord, he should be required to maintain the place to a safe standard. If it needs repair it is his responsibility to fix it or give you a rebate on your rent if you fix it.

  3. fatima October 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I love the stairs idea! I would love to do that to our future home.

  4. Lee October 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    That teal gradient staircase is amazing! Are those your stairs, or do you have any idea where the photo came from?

  5. Anne Champ May 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I absolutely love all of these ideas. Each one offers a quick project with big impact. A quart of paint costs very little and all you need is time and elbow grease to go with it!

  6. Alex Higgins May 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    These ideas are so clever! I love the vibrant trim idea (and the little tee-pee in the picture is adorable!). I’ll definitely be having a go at some of these. Thanks for sharing!


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