Metal Home Accent Projects

Add cutting-edge sparkle and shine to your rooms with metallic touches in lustrous paints and wallpapers, window treatments, and art created from hardware.

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  • Striking a Valance

    Give your bedroom a stainless-steel makeover by adhering peel-and-stick film to foam-core board. Then attach the piece to a wide-pocket curtain rod using hook-and-loop tape or glue. Find the film at home centers. Reassign an aluminum platform ladder as a footnote at the end of your bed.

  • Light Bright

    Forge ahead with a bright and shiny look for your bedroom using small doses of not-so-heavy metal. A fresh coat of spray paint in a shimmery finish wakes up a tired lamp. A smooth surface and simple shape reflect metallic paints best. Weave satiny ribbon in solid gold around its shade, securing with pins or glue.

  • Pour on the Shine

    Trim drapes with a chain line is just one highlight of this chic hideaway bar. To create a bar in most any niche or nook without building walls, install a freestanding kitchen cabinet, add open shelves to house serving pieces, then hang drapes to soften and cordon off the space.

  • Shine On

    A backsplash pieced together from peel-and-stick stainless-steel tiles creates a shiny, beautiful bar.

  • Reflective Nature

    When adding metallics to a room, use restraint or you'll end up with a discotheque effect. Include a few unexpected doses to relax and update a traditional or staid space. In this entry, humble exterior barn light fixtures made of galvanized metal offset the discreet metallic sheen of the flirty floral wallpaper.

  • Hardware Helper

    Revamp an antique dresser in an electric blue latex paint with a subtle, light-catching shimmer that resembles a car-paint finish.

    Roam home centers and farm supply stores for galvanized items to repurpose. Here, a zinc gate hinge becomes a holder for mail.

  • Artistic Alloy

    Metal makes a modern statement in this living room. Metal repair tape cut with scissors and adhered in geometric patterns to plain art canvases produces gallery-worthy art. Round, flat fender washers stitched to a pillow become an oh-so-bold embellishment. Wire together additional washers in long chains and suspend them from a curtain rod for a graphic garland or window screen.

  • Baked Wall Art

    Mix in tart pans and other baking forms from your pantry and hang them from screws for three-dimensional sculpture interest.

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    Turn flea market finds and vintage treasures into one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. It's amazing what castoffs and secondhand scores -- such as doilies, plates, furniture, and odds and ends -- can become!
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