You know those tasks that you put off forever? You should do them. Mind-blowing, right? Last week, I did one of those tasks. Since we’ve moved in, I’ve been meaning to spray paint my vents to make them blend more with the floor. My philosophy is that if it’s not beautiful, it should disappear. I could replace them with pretty vents, but at $12- $15 a piece, that’s not going to happen any time soon. For about $5, I was able to transform an eyesore into something that makes me smile.
I started with your run of the mill vents. I think at some point, my living room was probably carpet and the dining room and kitchen were most likely vinyl flooring at some point, so my vents were off-white or tan, depending on the room. When placed on a vinyl wood floor, they screamed, “Hey! Look at me!!!”
This one is pretty gross and a little rusty. If I was being super obsessive, I would sand it down. But seriously, who has time for that? I needed this to be quick and easy. I vacuumed them off and popped them out. Mine just pop out, but I think some screw in. I placed them in a box and took them outside for a luxurious spray paint coat. I used Rustoleum Universal ORB Metallic spray paint, because the color is pretty close to the floor. If I wanted them to stand out, I could have done brass or another color. This paint covered in one coat which made painting 9 vents doable in a short amount of time. When they were dry, I just popped them back in. The stubborn ones took a little more muscle (jumping on them with shoes on.)
Aren’t they pretty now? In person, they blend so well. That evening, I played “Guess what tiny change I made today” with the kids. It took them awhile to figure it out, which was fun for me. They were guessing stuff I had done weeks ago. Those kids are *real* observant….
It’s subtle, but I love the change. And the vents no longer yell at me from across the room.
Are there any small changes that you can make in your home with a can of spray paint? Do you ever play “Guess what I did today?” with your family?