When we moved into our “as is” 1930s house, we had a couple of dozen large old fashioned heat registers on the walls that were showing their age from layers of multi-colored flaky paint. Paint wasn’t going to be enough to restore them to their former beauty. The very first home improvement project we did was to take those horrid registers down to a powder coating shop. We were so excited when they came back all shiny and new! I wish I had taken photos, but this was before my blogging days and it didn’t cross my mind to take as many before photos.
You can renew all sort of metals and everyday objects. Bed frames, outdoor tables, file cabinets, appliances, sinks and bathtubs…the options are endless. Powder coating creates a really nice hard surface that is much tougher than conventional paint. Powder coating is available in a variety of colors and finishes and is a great way to refresh something that is past its prime (disclaimer: do not try this on humans). I’ve also redone old bathtubs with powder coatings (using a professional, of course–I don’t attempt projects like this myself!) and have been pleased with the results.
The refrigerator above (from Country Living) was given a fresh coating and is now pretty in pink! If you have appliances or bathtubs that are in good shape but aren’t the right color or finish or are showing signs of age, check with a local powder coating specialist! You might be surprised how good they can look for much less than a replacement!
photo: Country Living