One Gallon Challenge: Top 10 Things You Can Do with Just One Can of Paint

One Gallon Challenge: Top 10 Things You Can Do with Just One Can of Paint

Katie Holdefehr
Jun 6, 2017
(Image credit: Emily Billings)

For something that costs, on average, about $30, a single gallon of paint holds an astonishing amount of potential. Just one can is enough to transform your kitchen cabinets, make over an armoire, or add style to an entire staircase. The concept is so simple, and the results so stunning (take a gander at the 10 ideas that follow), I'm tempted to go grab a gallon myself.

#10: Paint Just The Stair Treads (or Risers)

The blue brushed on the stair treads of this Los Feliz home from My Domaine was inspired by the soft color of antique cameos.

#9: Coat the Ceiling

(Image credit: Wrede)

Painting the ceiling takes the concept of an accent wall and puts it in a high-impact spot. This dining room from Wrede has been painted a sophisticated blue-gray shade that extends down into the crown molding.

#8: Make Over Your Window Mullions

(Image credit: Domino)

In Kate Arends of Wit & Delight's kitchen, featured in Domino, dark moody trim accentuates the windows above the sink.

#7: Add Flair to Your Fireplace

(Image credit: House & Garden)

If you have a fireplace, whether real or fake, painting it a different color than the surrounding wall will help this architectural feature stand out. The complex blue-gray fireplace above was featured in House & Garden.

#6: Touch Up Trim

(Image credit: Stadshem)

If you don't want to invest the time or money to repaint all the walls, consider brushing a new color on the trim. A gray doorway and baseboards call attention to transitions—from wall to floor, and from room to room—in this space from Stadshem.

#5: Paint Interior Doors

Giving your front door a fresh coat is an easy, affordable way to improve your home's first impression, but painting interior doors can also have a dramatic effect. Even doors that aren't regularly used, like the above from Kinfolk Home, found via sfgirlbybay, can benefit from some soft blue paint.

#4: Pick A Piece of Furniture

(Image credit: House Tweaking)

With just a can of black paint and some leather pulls, Dana from House Tweaking transformed an old wooden armoire bought off Craigslist into a sophisticated piece. Chalk paint is a great option for refinishing a vintage piece, and you can even mix up your own color at home.

#3: Add Some Depth

(Image credit: Traditional Home)

A one-gallon project is the perfect way to work a color from a more expensive paint brand into your home. The backs of the bookcases above, spotted in Traditional Home, are coated with a deep gray paint from Farrow & Ball.

#2: Color Your Bed Frame

(Image credit: Scout House)

An old iron bed looks fresh and modern when you brush on a bright hue. The golden bed above is from Scout House.

#1: Brighten Up Kitchen Cabinets

(Image credit: Lonny)

The vivid blue cabinets in this kitchen spotlighted on Lonny were dreamed up by the homeowners after seeing blue milk paint used on flooring and wall paneling at a Shaker museum in Maine.

Re-edited from a post originally published 11.3.16.

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