11 Things You Should Never Paint
Before you try to touch up that favorite bowl or change the color of your kitchen counters, put the paint down. Here are 11 things you should never paint.
Never Paint Dishes
Even high-quality paint contains toxic chemicals that shouldn’t be ingested. Trying to fix a chipped plate or cracked serving bowl with paint may be tempting, but it’s not food safe so never paint them.
When applied to a surface that frequently comes in contact with water, most paint can chip, which you don’t want in your water. And painting may seem like an easy way to update the look of faucet, but faucets are relatively inexpensive. Instead of risking chipped paint for a new look, just replace the faucet.
Paint can add a bold punch of color to your kitchen, but most paints aren’t heat-resistant or food-safe. If you want to update the color of your kitchen, keep paint to walls, know how to paint kitchen cabinets and furniture. And never paint appliances. Keep the paint away from ovens, refrigerators, microwaves, toasters and dishwashers. It’s simply a bad idea.
A vibrant green laptop or hot pink tablet may be appealing, but never paint electronics. You can get paint in openings and damage the machine. Also, you can protect your electronics by installing a whole house surge protector.
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It can be tempting to paint countertops to repair a scratch or if you’re looking for a new look in the kitchen or bathroom, but paint isn’t the answer. Most countertop surfaces are difficult to paint correctly and food can easily stain painted surfaces.
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Painting tile in the bathroom or along a kitchen backsplash seems like an easy way to update the room, but painting tile is tricky and messy. Plus, paint can easily chip when constantly exposed to moisture, so it’s a good idea never to paint it.
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While using paint to refinish old wood furniture is an option, never paint on fabric sofas and chairs. Fabric soaks up paint and it will just create a big mess. Plus, when it finally dries, it will feel like sandpaper.
Never paint anything that will come into contact with food or your mouth. Painting just the handles of flatware should also be nixed, as the paint can easily chip and get into your food. And try using lemon if your flatware needs polishing.
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