Top 5 ways to transform your home with paint

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how to transform your home with paint

Looking to update your home without spending too much money? The secret may lie in one simple change: paint. Just like getting your hair colored can make you feel like a new person, a fresh coat of paint on the staircase, an old dresser or on kitchen cabinets can make your home feel brand new, not to mention how much more expensive particular pieces will look as a result!

We consulted with interior design expert Sarah Vaile, of the fast-growing interior design firm Sarah Whit Interior Design in Chicago, to give us some ideas on what paint can really do for our living spaces.

Find out which five things she believes can easily be transformed with a can of paint.

1. Steps
Easily update a 90's staircase with paint! By simply removing the old, worn carpeting and staining the orange wood into a classic deep hue you've immediately changed the entire look. Add dimension by painting the incline of the steps white, creating a stunning statement in any home.

how to transform your staircase with paint

2. Exterior Paint
While red brick is always a classic, having multiple materials on the exterior of your house can create lines that break up the structure and make it appear smaller. By painting the house all one color, you've created clean lines and a grand appearance to maximize curb appeal.

before and after photos of exterior brick paint on house

3. Kitchen
Did you know you can easily afford to update your kitchen?! By simply painting your existing cabinets you can save thousands and completely change the look. Painting the cabinets white will open up a small kitchen, and painting the island a contrasting color adds an update and uniqueness your guests will envy. Change out the hardware and lighting, too, and you've got an entirely new kitchen!

before and after photos of kitchen with painted cabinetry

4. Chest of drawers
Add a pop of color to any room by painting a piece of furniture! Transform a piece you already own, or find a new piece that you love, and make it stand out with a bright, fresh coat of paint. Dare to go bold -- you can always paint it again!

painted dresser DIY

5. Staircase
Convert a basic, tight staircase into a piece of art! Add drama to the steps by painting a geometric pattern on repeat, along with a matching dark matte finish on the railing. Top it off with a graphic wallpaper for extra glamour.

add patterns and color to staircase for upgrade

Sarah Vaile, a graduate of Parsons School of Design and former associate of Celerie Kemble Interiors is a premier Chicago-based designer specializing in crafting spaces that infuse tradition with unexpected modernity. Beginning her career in New York City and quickly garnering clients along the Eastern coast including Palm Beach, Florida and Virginia, Vaile relocated to Chicago where she worked on HGTV's 'Meg's Great Rooms'. Sarah Whit Interior Design has been named "Ones to Watch" by The Chicago Merchandise Mart and "Best Traditional Designers" by Interiors Chicago following her bespoke room in the Lake Forest Showhouse. The firm recently was listed as INC 500's 2015 Fastest Growing Companies. See more of Vaile's incredible work here.

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