Searches for keywords such as ‘diy painting projects’ have literally exploded since the start of quarantine, and they’re not slowing down. With most summer holidays now over or a complete failure, more and more people need to stay occupied.
Whilst here we tend to focus more on the painting technology itself, we wanted to do our bit and round up some inspiration for you guys.
So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are our top 20 picks for DIY painting projects you can do at home [with or without a paint sprayer].
We’ve included a completed picture for each project, as well as a link to the full project so you can follow along at home.
Painting Interior Doors by Remodelaholic
Cassity over at Remodelaholic takes you through her entire process of giving your interior doors a new lease of life. Using a dark navy blue, the interior doors transform the space and contrast against the white walls and furniture.
DIY Painted Hardwood Floor from Addicted to Decorating
Now it has to be said, this project is NOT for the faint of heart. Kristi from Addicted 2 Decorating has gone all out to create this mesmerizing masterpiece on her hardwood floors.
If you plan to take on this challenge, expect several coats of paint and a lot of patience!
DIY Hombre Hexagon Wall by Thistlewood Farms
If you thought the painted hardwood floor was a challenge, I’d like to introduce the DIY Hombre Hexagon Wall from Thislewood Farms.
Once again, it’s no easy design but the results are incredible. If I had to choose 1 design from this list as my favorite, this would be the one.
Kids Colorful Abstract Wall Mural by Young House Love
A colorful, curvy and easy on the eye wall mural with plenty of room for adaptation. Perfect for children’s bedrooms or pastel-themed room designs, this wall design from Young House Love is one of our favorite projects for a kids bedroom.
Paint a Stone Fireplace Makeover by The Inspired Room
Giving a raw brick fireplace a new lease of life often isn’t the easiest to do, without building it. But don’t fear, Melissa at The Inspired Room has got your back.
By removing the multi-colored brickwork and sticking with a single tone of grey, Mellisa has transformed this fireplace into something beautiful, and you can too.
This is the perfect project for an interior paint sprayer as it allows you to get into the nooks and crannies of the stonework that would take ages with a brush.
Simple Chalk Painted Jars by Pretty Handy Girl
Not every DIY painting project has to be complicated, and this project is a perfect example of that. With some simple chalk paint and some nicely shaped jars, you too can create your own like Brittany’s at the Pretty Handy Girl.
You can use a brush for a more rustic, chic feel, or buy yourself a handheld paint sprayer if you’re looking for a modern, high gloss finish.
Whichever you decide, I’m sure they’ll look great!
Painted DIY Built-ins by The DIY Playbook
Casey and Finn over at The DIY Playbook have bitten of a lot more than others would be willing to chew on this build. By both designing, building and painting a large built-in shelving/storage unit, they’re truly mastered the art of Do-It-Yourself.
A very impressive project executed beautifully and finished perfectly. Well done guys.
10 Tips & Tricks to Paint Like a Pro by Ugly Duckling House
Whilst this strickly isn’t a project in itself, it’s certainly something many of us could get better at. Knowing your decorating equipment and paints is one of the key skills that separates novice DIY’ers to pro DIY’ers.
Here, Sarah the Ugly Duckling House takes you through her top 10 tips for painting like a pro, from brushes to sheens, it’s well worth a read.
Paint by Numbers Wall Mural by Vintage Revivals
This stunning abstract mural by Mandy over at Vintage Revivals takes a complex task and turns it into something we all used to do as kids – paint by numbers!
Mandy walks us through all the steps she took to trace the design, to the shades used on the final design. Of course, this type of painting project has tons of room for your own interpretation and you can easily add your own unique spin on it to make it your own.
Painted Dog House by DIY Inspired
If you take a look at the ‘Before’ version of this dog house, you’ll be amazed at the transformation. From an old, sun and rain faded dog house into what looks like a $2500 custom-built design.
Dinah at DIY Inspired walks you through the process of turning an old ‘dog shed’ into a modern ‘dog house’ even us men wouldn’t mind being made to sleep in.
How to Use Chalk Paint + Tips & Tricks by Artsy Chicks Rule
Nancy over at Artsy Chicks Rule has spent her fair share of time painting with chalk paints to produce the perfect Chic effect on objects around the home as well as furniture.
In this article, Nancy takes you through everything she has learned from her extensive use of chalk paints.
Exterior Painting Reveal from In My Own Style
Not many of us would take on painting the exterior of our house, but that’s exactly what Diane from In My Own Style has undertaken.
Transforming her home into something any professional decorator would be proud of, Diane has done the DIY community proud with this full scale home exterior transformation.
How To Paint a Stone Fireplace with Snazzy Little Thing
Jeanette over at Snazzy Little Thing walks us through the exact steps she took to transform a multi-colored stone fireplace and turn it into a beautifully modern monochrome masterpiece.
From selecting the color shade, to the tools required, be sure to check out this cost-effective and half-day project.
How to Make a Hand-Painted Sign by Shanty 2 Chic
It’s not every day you get to make your own wall signs, but there isn’t really any other reason not to, other than lack of experience doing it. Whitney & Ashley over at Shanty 2 Chic walk you through every detailed step they took to create this professional, yet very Chic wall sign.
This project also includes a video tutorial, so it’s perfect for both advanced and beginner DIY’ers.
Vintage Two-Tone Pink Bed Design by Petticoat Junktion
It’s not every day you can restore an old vintage bed frame into a vibrant pink bed frame for a young girl. Well, Kathy at Petticoat Junktion has done exactly that.
By using a two-tone gradient blend of pinks, Kathy has transform an old, scuffed vintage bed frame into a pink wonderland, perfect for any aspiring princess.
Restoring a Slat Bench by Man Made DIY
The guys over at Man Made DIY have someone transformed this old, vomit-inducing slat bench into something many of us would be proud to have in our own homes.
After a lot of sanding, watch the team transform this pre-victorian looking disaster into a modern, sleek bench.
Aged Copper Pumpkins from Decor Hint
They call it Dollar Store DIY, and for good reason. With just a few bucks in your pocket, you too can take on this incredibly simple but effective warn copper effect and apply it to any thrift store item.
Armed with a can of Rust-Oleum spray paint and a single cardboard box, watch Karen over at Decor Hint turn these tacky pumpkins into shelving glam.
DIY Rubbed Effect Floating Shelves from Ana White
Made from scratch and complete with blueprints for the design Ana used, this is more than just a painting project. It’s a design, build and paint project – 3 skills in one.
These floating shelves with a rustic rubbed down effect can be made to any shape, size and purpose, without too much expense or work. Follow Ana over at Ana-White.com for the full project details.
And there we have it, 20 of our favorite DIY painting projects you can undertake in the comfort of your own home. From beginner to complex, hopefully, we’ve rounded up a wide enough range of projects that everyone can enjoy.