Painting: Small investment yields big returns

I always tell my clients that paint is one of the least expensive home improvements a home owner can make, with the largest amount of return on investment (especially if homeowners are able to do the work themselves).  Painting as a home improvement project is not limited to just to your drywall interiors, as just about any surface can be transformed with a couple coats of paint!

When we moved into our current home many years ago, we didn’t necessarily have the funds to update everything that needed updating at the time.  We had one of those “not-so-beautiful” brass chandeliers from the 1990’s in our kitchen, so I decided to update the fixture with some paint and accessories.   I spray painted it crème and purchased some cute little shades that I covered with a sage green gingham check fabric and finished off with green trim.  The total cost of this project was about $30 which cost significantly less than purchasing a new chandelier.

Most recently during staging consultations with clients looking to sell, I made some suggestions with respect to paint that surprised both the realtor and sellers.  The first home had a garage that had been converted into living space with heated square footage and was the largest room in the home.  It had been finished with wood panel walls by the previous owners, and the current homeowners were looking to sell because of corporate relocation.  I recommended painting the paneling with one of my favorite “go-to” staging colors Kilim Beige by Sherwin Williams.  It turned out great and the clients’ home showed well.  They received two full-price offers within days of listing.

Before & after paint paneling

The second consultation was a previously foreclosed home where the investors painted the dated brick fireplace.  The color I suggested for this makeover was Sherwin Williams Alabaster.  Paint totally lightened and brightened this dingy fireplace, and the Italian countryside canvas art provided a pop of color to create a great focal point in this room.  This home sold in just 37 days.

Fireplace B&A

As you can see, painting was well worth these sellers’ investment in both time and money.  Just about anything can be painted, you just need to determine which type of paint is best to use for your application.  If you’re not sure, ask a representative at your local paint store.  These professionals are a great resource for homeowners since paint is their expertise.  What item in your home is waiting for a fresh look with a new coat of paint?

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