There’s no doubt that new furniture and accessories can enhance the décor of any room in your home.  Unfortunately, they can easily cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars.  Instead of purchasing new, why not upcycle the things you already have?  You can transform a garage sale chandelier into the centerpiece of your dining room – or turn a piece of furniture that’s been stored in the attic into something truly spectacular.  All you need is some paint and a little imagination to redecorate your home on a “real world budget.”

Here are a few decorating ideas from the color experts at Rust-Oleum®:

    • Refinish and recycle old furniture. Home trends come and go, but giving chairs, tables, bookshelves, and other furniture a new finish is an easy way to make keep them stylish for years to come. Why not double your decorating dollars by using Rust-Oleum® Ultra Cover 2X spray paint?  It has double the coverage of other general purpose spray paints, so you can complete twice the number of projects.  Tap into the latest home decorating trends by incorporating bright, rich colors such as Eden or Lagoon.  Or, try neutral tones like Blossom White, Black, Dark Walnut or Nutmeg for a traditional look that’s sure to always be in style.  Ultra Cover 2X is available in over 70 different colors to suit any décor and allows you to achieve a high-end look on a low-end budget.

Light up your life with color
Light up your life with color

  • Light up your life with color. Painting lamps and chandeliers, and refinishing those out-dated contractor grade brass fixtures, is a great way to add a touch of the unexpected to any room without spending a small fortune.  Try one of Rust-Oleum Stops Rust® new Textured Metallic spray paints, like Moonlit Copper or Metallic Silver on your existing lamps or lighting fixtures to transform a bland, out-of-date room into a stylish, contemporary space.  The new hammered, mutlicolor textured and metallic finishes in the Stops Rust line add depth, elegance and unmatched protection to any project inside and outside your home.
  • Liven up interiors with accent pieces. Colorful shelves, storage pieces, baskets, vases and other accent pieces are a great way to add energy to any room. Try spray painting the things you have around the house with Rust-Oleum Universal®.  It works on any surface — wood, plastic, vinyl, wicker, glass, concrete, metal and more — making your decorating options endless.  It’s available in many of today’s hottest colors and on-trend finishes.  For an unexpected burst of color try using bright, bold colors like Canary Yellow, Cardinal Red or Sunset Orange.  Or, for a classic look, try one of the new Universal finishes like Hammered Copper or Oil Rubbed Bronze.  Plus with Universal’s revolutionary any-angle spray technology and comfort grip, spray painting is easier than ever before.

Refinish and recycle old furniture
Refinish and recycle old furniture

For more inspiration and project ideas, visit  There are hundreds of easy, inexpensive projects that can help you transform any living space.

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Thomas Boni

Thomas Boni is Today’s Homeowner Media's Digital Content Director. He is an award-winning multimedia journalist, having served as editor-in-chief of various Alabama and Florida newspapers from 2006-2018. Thomas earned more than 30 regional, state and national journalism awards and accolades during his news career. He has a passion for engaging, fact-based content and a keen eye for detail. He joined Today's Homeowner Media in 2018 and received recognition on the Marquis Who's Who list in 2023. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Spring Hill College in 2005.

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