Must Try DIY: Specialty Paints

There is no quicker, easier and cheaper way to upcycle than with paint. But forget everyday wall paint. Here are 4 specialty paints that every DIY’er must try!

The projects below feature products easily found in Habitat ReStores.

#1.) Mirror-Effect

Transforming clear glass into a high style (and high price) mercury glass is easy!  Explore your local ReStore for ideas on creating your own DIY versions of a wide variety of products found in retail.

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Here’s a video from Rust-Oleum on how to create a mercury glass with mirror effect paint:

 #2.) Chalk Board

Chalkboard paint makes it easy to write on the walls, furniture, appliances and anywhere you want!  Get creative with this fun paint….

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Here’s a how to video to get you started:

#3.) Milk Paint

Milk paint is probably THE oldest paint known to man and distresses furniture in an authentic, chippy, Shabby Chic sort of way.  The following projects are from Petticoat Junktion’s blog post 8 Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Furniture Makeovers.

milkpaintcollage5 Here are tutorials on the projects above listed clockwise from upper left: My Tricycle Red CabinetFrench Enamel Chest of Drawers, Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint Cabinet, Desk in Two-Tone Pink, Hutch painted in Shutter Gray and Tricycle, Boxwood cedar chest, Quirky TableAntique Bed painted Vintage Rose

#4.) Metallic

Here are a pair of metal lawn chairs at our Gaithersburg ReStore just waiting for a Spring makeover.  Follow the suburble blog to learn more about salvaging the rusty bench on the right below using metallic paint.


We would love to see what you built!  

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