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Roger Davies

Get Inventive, and Have Fun!

There are a host of creative ways to use paint to freshen your environment, be it at work, home, or a weekend retreat. Paint a fun mural on the wall of a child’s room or alongside a staircase. Turn an old unused table into a game tabletop by painting a chess/checkerboard pattern, or if you’re a card player, decorate with that theme.

Add a chalkboard to your office, along a kitchen wall, or in your children’s study area for note keeping on a handy wipe-off writing surface.

Find a pattern or example that you like, and create your own painted faux area rug or geometric pattern on any hardwood floor. (Or go for it, and experiment with stencils.) And while you’re on the floor, be inventive: trompe l’oeil doesn’t have to stay on ceilings and walls. Keep with the season and celebrate spring by building and painting flower boxes. There’s no end to what imaginative ideas you can try.

-- By Todd Keith

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