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Pick up the spray paint and spruce up your kitchen or bath

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Dingy cabinets and dull appliances can be spruced up without being replaced or refinished professionally. All it takes is some spray paint and DIY pointers. "With fewer tools and less cleanup than traditional painting, you can easily give your home a professional-looking upgrade using spray paint," said Jane Ryder, category manager at Valspar. "Spray paint . . . has incredible versatility — you can create an antique crackle vase, suede DVD rack or chalkboard all with spray paint." Here are some projects from Valspar to jazz up your kitchen or bath.

Refresh kitchen cupboards

If your existing kitchen cupboards need upgrading, simply spray paint them to get the appearance of new units. This works best on cupboards and drawers made of MDF, pressboard or melamine.

• All you need is sandpaper, newspaper, a screwdriver, masking tape and the right paint.

• Remove drawers and doors and strip off hardware, including handles. If handles are glued on, wrap them with masking tape. Sand units with rough or damaged surfaces.

• Clean surfaces with a damp, soapy cloth to remove grease. Rinse and let dry.

• Lay down newspaper and make sure workspace is well-ventilated.

• Spray unit fronts with several thin coats of paint in a color of your choice, leaving five minutes between coats. Follow instructions on the can for the perfect finish

• Once fully dry, reassemble units.

Silver appliances

Give your fridge an upgrade by "silvering" it.

•You need newspaper, masking tape and special paint, such as Valspar's Stainless Steel Appliance paint, which can be used on most metal surfaces except any surface that reaches more than 200 degrees.

• Empty and unplug the fridge. Move it from the kitchen to a well-ventilated space. Mask the surrounding area with newspaper.

• Wash the outside of the refrigerator with hot, soapy water to remove grime, then rinse.

• Once dry, use masking tape to shield handles, gadgets or other areas from the paint.

• Spray the front, sides and top. Several thin coats will give the best result.

Frost glass doors

An old glass cabinet can easily be turned into a bathroom centerpiece by frosting its windows with Valspar Glass Frosting.

• You'll need sandpaper, masking tape, newspaper, colored spray paint and Glass Frosting spray paint.

• Make sure the glass is clean, dry and free from grease.

• Lightly sand the cabinet to remove flaking paint, then remove dust with a damp cloth.

• Once dry, use a paper cutout or tape on the glass doors to create a design. Where there is tape or paper, the glass will remain clear.

• Spray very thin coats of Valspar Glass Frosting paint and allow to fully dry.

• Cover the glass with newspaper and masking tape, masking off handles.

• Spray the cabinet with colored spray paint using thin coats.

• Remove the tape and newspaper.

Pick up the spray paint and spruce up your kitchen or bath 02/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 4:53pm]

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