Make Your Home Sparkle With Martha Stewart Living Project Paint

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A chair sits in front of a wall with mouldings painted in metalic silver

You know all about how to easily make over a room. You’ve taken a boring, out-of-date space and breathed new life into it with just some paint, a brush and a little elbow grease. And you should be proud of yourself – it looks great! But do you ever get the urge to take it a step further?

Martha Stewart Living project paints can quickly and easily inject a high-end shot of glitz, shine or texture to walls and even objects. The metallic paints and glazes can add either a vibrant metallic gleam or a more subtle shiny gloss to any space. You can also add a bit of shimmer by using glitter project paint that dries clear to reveal the base color in a glittery sheen.

Maybe you want to mix things up and give your home some textural interest by using terra cotta paint that dries with a matte, textured finish. You can also create a uniquely textured look by using crackle project paints. Simply cover a surface with the primer/seal project paint, and then apply the preferred crackle color with a putty knife. Athough it will look smooth while wet, the paint will dry with the crackle finish. You can even add an additional depth of color by painting on a metallic glaze and then wipe off any excess for the colored cracks to show through.

These project paints can give your home that professional, polished look you thought could only be achieved by hiring a professional decorator. The possibilities are endless so let your imagination run wild!

Martha Stewart Project Paint comes in several glitzy finishes, including Crackle, Glitter, Metallic Glaze, Textured Metallic and Terra Cotta.

Check out for information about the entire Martha Stewart Living paint palette and for more painting tips and resources. And be sure to check out our Paint Department, too.

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  1. [...] Thursday, November 10, 2011, visit your local Home Depot store to learn how to create fun, unique projects with Martha Stewart Living Project Paints. From metallic paints and glazes for a shiny gloss, glitter paint for shimmer, or terra cotta and [...]

  2. I want a beachy look in my guest room. I’d like to whitewash the walls. How do I do that?

  3. gail says:

    I want to paint my hutch, whats the best paint to use?

  4. erin says:

    I am trying to paint an old wood dresser to have a more antique or weathered look. What is the best way to do it? P.S the dresser cam painted in a glossy white.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Erin.

      That’s a great question. I’ve reposted your question on our online How-To Community Forums. Click here to go to the message board in our Paint Tools and Techniques section.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  5. Peggy says:

    I am trying to paint over a previously bad paint job. The surface is rippled. I tried priming, painting, hand sanding. Nothing works. Any suggestions? Do I need to palm sander? Do I need to do a new skim coat before sanding?

    • Craig Allen says:

      That sounds pretty frustrating. My advice would have been to try hand sanding the rough parts, but you’ve already tried that.

      I took your question over to our online How-To Community Forums for an answer from the Home Depot experts. Click here to go to where I posted your question, and where the answer(s) will be coming in shortly. You can also post follow up questions, if you have any. And while you’re there, take a look at the other questions and discussions about home improvement, lawn care and gardening.

      Thanks for your question, Peggy.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  6. Mysti says:

    I am preparing to paint over a bright mural of a jungle theme (many different colors). The color replacing it is “BEHR Premium Plus Ultra ‘Home Decorators Collection Sovereign Interior/Exterior’ Paint”. Any pointers on a good primer to make sure pre-existing colors won’t bleen through, or that I won’t have to recoat ‘umpteen’ different times?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Mysti.

      Painting over lots of bright colors can be a challenge.

      I took your question over to our online How-To Community Forums for our paint experts to see. They will definitely have some good advice for you.

      I’ll report back here with what they have to say. But instead of waiting for me to do that, I’d suggest that you click on this link to be taken to where I posted your question. That way you can see the responses right away. You can also post any follow up questions you might have.

      Thanks for the question!

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  7. ellyn buckley says:

    Is there a way to sponge paint walls with crumpled newspaper?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Ellyn.

      I took your question over to The Home Depot’s online How-To Community for an answer from our painting experts.

      As I expected, the answer was no, you can’t use newspaper. But Home Depot Forums associate shecandoit22 offered an even better suggestion in her response to your question:

      “I would not use newspaper to ‘sponge’ your walls. When it gets wet with the paint the ink will come off and make a big mess.

      “Instead, I would suggest using a plastic grocery bag crumpled up. It works really well, and it is still using something you already have lying around the house. You can also use crumbled up paper grocery bags. If they have something printed on them, just make sure that it’s on the inside so it doesn’t touch the paint. But the ink on the paper bag won’t come off like the newspaper ink does.

      “Sponge away Ellyn! Just don’t use newspaper.”

      The Home Depot’s PatinPaint also suggested you might be interested in creating a faux marble finish. Click that link to see those instructions.

      I hope you’ll take a moment to look around our Community Forums, Ellyn. You can get expert answers and you can read other people’s questions on painting, gardening, flooring, and just about any home improvement project you can think of.

      Thanks for your question.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  8. Larry MInter says:

    Can Back Splash Tile in Kitchen be Painted over or can you recommend something.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Larry.

      The answer is yes, a tile backsplash can be painted over.

      It’s a matter of cleaning the tile thoroughly first, and then properly priming the surface, according to Home Depot associate Newf. He has some specific recommendations for products to use for the cleaning and the priming. You can read his advice to you on our online How-To Forums, where I posted your question.

      Thanks for writing, Larry. And be sure to go check out what Newf had to say.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  9. Is The 5ft. square trellis frame used in making a wall plantings sold by you?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Nancy.

      This is a bit off topic, but yes we do have various sorts of trellises available at The Home Depot, including this 5 ft. trellis that’s available online. I’d recommend, though, that you pay a visit to a Home Depot store– it’s likely there will be more trellises to choose from that aren’t available online.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  10. Patti Turner says:

    I have a house built in 1924. All woodwork needs painting and I think the doors have been painted with latex. Can you help with prep and what kind of paint to use that will be easier to clean and in future painting.

    Thank you

  11. Sherri B. says:

    Can you paint over wall paper?

    • Hi Sherri. I took your question over to the How-To Community Forum and here’s the response from our expert associate, Newf:

      Can you paint over wallpaper? Sure you can. Do you want to do this? Maybe…

      As a general rule for long term project happiness I find it best to remove wallpaper and then prime and paint the walls.

      The main reason for this is that the final paint job is only as good as what is under it. Wallpaper has a tendency to lift up or separate at seams. This would ruin a perfectly good paint job that could otherwise last decades if applied to a sound wall. What you will find if you read through forum threads on this topic is to absolutely get rid of the wallpaper. There are a number of ways to do this.

      OK, so what happens if you really want to paint over the wallpaper?

      Here are some tips from PaintPro on how to give yourself a chance for success:

      Prime over the existing “stubborn wallpaper” with an oil based primer. Wallpaper glue is water soluble – so any paint or primer that is water based will re-activate the glue and cause the paper to blister and curl.
      Patch any visible seams with drywall compound and sand smooth when dry.
      Prime any sanded patches before applying paint.
      Caulk all places where the paper ends (around doors, windows, trim and ceiling).
      Paint with two coats of any type paint. The walls are sealed and will not react to any water based product.

      I hope this helps,


  12. Lee Ann Ketcher says:

    paint is peeling in spots in multiple layers of paint. How do I smooth wall to paint without having to strip entire wall?

    • If you sand down the specific areas of the wall where the paint is peeling, apply primer and wait for it to dry, you shouldn’t have any problems painting over them. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  13. J McPhail says:

    You will prob also need to put on an extra coat as I have found that this paint is just a kittle thicker then water. At the price per gallon the least they could do is thickin it up a bit because the RL name isn’t worth that much by itself.

    • J McPhail says:

      @Shaina Oliphant: your Blog Link sends you right back to this page. Lol I will give you an A for effort. But if you could figure out what you were trying to link to I would love to know as I’m building somemcustom toy boxes and think the sparkle paint and some of the other MS products will work wonderfully.
      I have designed 3-4 diff items that im starting to produce when money allows. I’ll post pics of the “unfinished pieces ” so you guys can help me decide on finishes :)

  14. jennifer says:

    hello can you please explain to me how to remove wall paper so i can paint the walls?

  15. Marie kaklis says:

    Would like to know if there are any workshops or info on painting unfinished wood (cypress) rocking chairs and table.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Marie, I just took a look at the current rundown of free Home Depot workshops, and I didn’t see that particular project listed. But keep an eye on the schedule.

      But, what I’d really suggest is that you talk to one of our store associates about this. The guys and gals in the orange aprons know all about DIY projects, and are eager to give you whatever advice you need, and to point you to the right products.

  16. Jill says:

    Looking for a tutorial on using gold/silver leaf and/or metallic paints on painted and distressed furniture. Any ideas would sure be helpful. TYVM!

    • ML Metallic Paints and Glazes are perfect for your application. The half-pint size is perfect for projects and comes in a variety of colors including gold and silver. You can apply the product full-strength using a small art brush or you can apply the product mixed with faux glaze to create a softer, translucent effect. – PatinPaint

  17. Kimmie says:

    I have some dark gray behr deep base paint. How do I lightened it up? Do I add white paint or white primer?

    • Lightening deep base colors more than a little is very difficult. What I usually recommend is purchasing a gallon of the same product in the white base and then adding a small amount of the deep base color to the white to darken it. If you try to add white to the dark color, you’ll find that it will lighten slightly, but you may have to add several gallons to move it as much as you want. So, reverse the process and add the dark color a little at a time to the white base and you should get a useful color. – PatinPaint

  18. Kay Reeves says:

    Hello. What a delightful product. I have been having so much fun creating new things. If anybody lives in Olympia Washington- The employee “Mary” at that store knows her stuff about paint. May take a few moments to get her attention as they are very busy back there. She has helped me find the perfect colors, textures and paints. .. Well worth the drive. Just ask the questions she will fix ya right up!

  19. julie says:

    I want to know why my Blue Raph Lauren paint is streaking so badly. It is for my bathroom, which has been papered (for a long time). I took the paper off and washed the glue off. I am using the dark blue over a wall that has paint on it. It is not bare drywall. Do I need to prime it first?
    Thank you, you have always been very helpful in the past.

  20. Denise says:

    I would like to know how to paint the look of chair rail moulding and box.

    Thank you

  21. yolanda says:

    i need to learn how to paint strips please help

  22. A Wims says:

    Just need to know. How to paint a popcorn ceiling?

  23. Jeremy says:


    These look great. Can you tell me how the metallic paints and glazes differ from each other? They appear to be pretty much the same in the store and on the website.


  24. Robert Kiser says:

    I write to commend Rich Kantenwein, the Contractor Svcs. Mgr at the Camp Horne Road (Pittsburgh, Pa. store #4123) Not only do we have the same initials, RWK, but he obviously loves his job as much as I do mine. He is always cheerful and helpful, and goes out of his way to lend a hand. He is one reason I enjoy shopping at this store.
    Thank you
    R.W. Kiser