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A guide on how to paint a thermostat

by John Saunders
5th Jan 22 5:31 pm

When we bought our house, we had to get a thermostat that was compatible with the heating and cooling system of the building. As we were driving around looking for a store that would sell some universal ones, we found out some had painted designs. This attracted us so much that we decided to try painting one ourselves. Paining is needed to keep your thermostat clean. 

Here is a guide to help you do the same.

Before you start painting the thermostat, you need to get rid of the old design. You can do this by buying paint remover at any hardware store. Simply put it over the surface and let it soak in for a couple of minutes before removing it with a cloth or sandpaper.

Once the previous design is removed, clean the surface with water to remove any paint residue. This will allow the new design to stick better.

Things that you will need:

  • A thermostat or a wireless smart thermostat
  • Piece of cardboard or any flat surface as a cover for the table, as you will be using paint and alcohol, which may spill from time to time. You can also use a newspaper or an old sheet which you don’t mind getting stained.
  • Flat and wide paintbrush
  • Paint of your choice.
  • Alcohol (This is optional but recommended. Your thermostat will be cleaner and shinier after you clean it off with alcohol).
  • Paper towels
  • Ruler (depending on the size of your design)
  • A pencil to do some prepping work.

Step 1: Draw out your design

  • Lay down the piece of cardboard or table cover to avoid staining them.
  • Draw out the design you want on your thermostat or use an old one that you want to cover up. The simpler, the better. Basic shapes will look best but feel free to do whatever suits your taste.

Step 2: Preparing your design

  • Get your flat paintbrush and dip it in the white paint.
  • Dab the brush on the paper towel to get rid of excess paint. You need just enough for painting, not much more than that.
  • If you are using pencil crayons or coloured pencils, smooth it out with your fingers.
  • Using a ruler, trace the outline of your design.

Step 3: Painting

  • With the flat paintbrush dipped in white paint, start painting your design!
  • You can use any colour you want, but we recommend going for shades of white for a comfortable home since it will look the cleanest and most polished.
  • If you make a mistake, don’t panic! Instead, just use your paper towel to wipe it off and keep on painting.
  • Remember, this is supposed to be fun, so even if you mess up a little bit, just laugh it off and do the best you can.

Step 4: Adding colour

  • Your design should look like this:
  • Now, take your paper towel and dip it in the paint of any colour you desire. Dab it on the surface to remove excess paints, and just get one layer coating on top of your design.
  • The less watery the paint is, the better. If you add too much water, your thermostat will have a glossy finish which you might not like. If this is what you want, gradually add the water to your paint and mix it up to get an even consistency.
  • The second coat is optional, but go for it if you want to add more colours and shades! Do multiple coats until you achieve the tone of colour that you want for your design.
  • Clean up your workspace by doing some swiping with the paper towel, then wipe it off with a wet cloth or sponge.
  • Let the paint dry for about an hour before using it to ensure that you get a flawless finish at a comfortable home.

Step 5: Finishing touches.

  • Once your paint is dry, get your alcohol and paper towel.
  • Dip the paper towel in the alcohol. Next, place it on your thermostat for a few seconds so that the paint will come off quickly.
  • Some of you might not need this last step, but if there are some parts where the paint won’t come off with just wiping, do this step to get a speck of dirt and a smudge-free thermostat.


If you want to add more designs after you’ve already painted, feel free to do so! This is just a guide, and it’s always fun to play with your creativity when making a comfortable home or opting for a wireless smart thermostat. Remember that practice makes perfect so if this is your first time, do as much practice as you can, and don’t be afraid to try out new things!

Who knows, maybe this is the first step to becoming a DIY master. 

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