A detail that can look a little dated, wood panelling can easily go from dark and retro to bright and chic with a coat of your favourite colour. Who: Sharon Grech, designer and Benjamin Moore spokesperson, Benjamin Moore. What to use: A bonding primer and a high-quality Benjamin Moore paint like Aura. How to use it: Panelling typically has a sheen that needs to be scuffed to prepare it for paint, so use a pole sander with 80-grit sandpaper followed by a good cleaning. Apply one coat of primer followed by a coat of paint in the colour of your choice.
Neutral palettesare trending this year, and texture is becoming all the more important. Brick provides visual interest in its rough surface, but if you dislike its bold, burnt colour, paint the brick to match your palette and let its texture make the statement. Who: Nancy Bollefer, Canadian Marketing Manager, Behr at The Home Depot. What to use: Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Degreaser & Cleaner No. 990, Behr Premium Plus Interior Stain-Blocking Primer & Sealer No. 75, Behr Self-Priming Interior Satin Enamel. How to use it: Clean the brick substrate thoroughly by vacuuming up any dust or loose matter and applying diluted degreaser. Prime the surface with a loaded roller before painting. Use a paintbrush to fill in mortar spots that the roller missed.
Vintage metal furniture
The shabby-chic vintage look is still hot, and so too is the push toward upcycling old furniture and flea-market findsto stay on trend. All it takes is a simple can of spray paint to take a piece from unappealing to statement-making. Who: Tracey Amadio, International Sales Manager, Valspar at Lowe’s. What to use: Valspar Premium Spray Paint – it provides a durable anti-rust coating to protect metal from corrosion, if you plan to use it outside. How to use it: Remove dirt and grease, and scuff glossy surfaces by lightly sanding prior to painting. Apply two light coats rather than one heavy one. Choose a satin or flat sheen to hide dents and surface imperfections.