Fast and Fabulous Decorating Projects
Artwork doesn't have to be expensive or hard to find to be pretty and special. Gather a handful of floating frames to hang on a wall in an abstract arrangement. Fill the frames with beautiful letterpress cards, your grandmother's handkerchiefs, or anything that strikes your fancy and complements your decor.
Simple Window Treatment
No money? No time? No problem! This versatile window treatment won't set your budget back, and you can complete it in almost no time.
Skip the nightstand and opt for wall-mounted cubes instead. Ours are from soapboxhome.com. Place a smaller cube above a larger one and you'll have a flat surface for bedside necessities.
60-Second Pillow Cover
Transform a pillow in under a minute with this smart technique that starts with a scarf. Watch and learn how!
DIY Jewelry Holder
Display your baubles on a jewelry organizer that's equally pretty. Cut a decorative metal screen to fit inside a salvaged frame. Paint the screen, and use a staple gun to attach the screen to the back of the frame.
Transform a secondhand tray into a pretty display piece with a stenciled design. Watch and see how it's done!
Wallpapered Accent Wall
Spray Paint a Lamp
If you have a lamp with a great shape, but a less than stellar finish, simply spray paint it! Watch and see the secrets to success.
Fake the look of wallpaper with a stamped design. Map out a grid and use regular ink to stamp your desired shape where the grid lines intersect.
Modern Message Center
Paint the backside of a piece of glass, frame it, and you have a new take on a message board. And the funner the color, the better. We painted our glass in a peppy green, which pops in a gray and white kitchen. A frame around our glass gives the simple piece a custom feel, plus a ledge for housing markers. Messages written in dry-erase markers wipe away easily
Monogram a Pillow
See how to personalize a basic pillow with your monogram in 30 minutes.
Create an industrial chic centerpiece with old springs. Secure springs to a board with construction adhesive, and put jars, vases, or test tubes inside the springs to hold flowers.
Find the Bright Side
Don't let the inside of a stained wood bookcase or hutch keep beautiful display pieces in the dark. Show off the contents and lighten the decorative mood of the entire room by painting the shelves' interior backing a lively color. Add even more personality by wallpapering the inside with a fun pattern.
Update an Ottoman
Give a plain ottoman or footstool a trendy edge with DIY nailhead trim. It's easy with this step-by-step how-to!
Quick Custom Wainscoting
Add intricate architectural detailing with ease. This elegant wainscoting looks like the result of hours of elaborate work, but it just calls for a visit to a home center. The ready-made PVC latticework panels are mounted on the wall above the baseboard and topped with a chair rail made from 1x4 and 1x2 boards. Screen molding is nailed in place to hide the joints where the panels meet. Paint the raw wood pieces with white paint color-matched to the PVC.
Give your tablet a home in your kitchen with a simple stand made from lumber and a photo frame. To create the base, cut one long end of a 5x8-inch block at an angle with a table saw so the frame can be mounted to it. Cut a 1/2-inch bevel that will hold the tablet at an angle -- approximately 18 degrees. Paint the base, then attach the frame to the stand with wood glue; secure with clamps and dry.
Jazz up a plain glass lamp with a clever (and easy!) DIY painting technique.
The secret to this doodled lampshade? A bleach pen! Put your drawing abilities on display by customizing a boring cotton lampshade with doodled designs. Using a Clorox bleach pen, we scribbled a whimsical design of flowers, leaves, swirls, and figure-8s on a fuchsia fabric lampshade. Work in small sections around the lampshade to avoid smears and smudges. When the designs turn white, rinse away the excess bleach in the sink. Allow the shade to dry before use.
Decorative Memo Station
Turn a plain bulletin board into a decorative accessory that's functional, too. Display a bulletin board in a stylish frame -- try a chunky black frame for modern decor or gilded molding to fit more traditional style. Then add a decorative wall decal on the cork to dress up the memo board.
Transform the smallest of corners into a storage-packed office by utilizing wall space. Here, a wall-mount shelf becomes a desk with plenty of work space, and a board outfitted with wall-mount organizers takes organization vertical.
Turn a nonfunctioning fireplace into a practical and pretty storage space by outfitting it with shelves. Measure the opening and build a plywood insert to fit snugly inside. Cut shelves to fit across. Then paint the pieces and wallpaper the back of the insert. Screw the shelves in place, and set the insert in the firebox.
A Touch of the Unexpected
Plain furniture is a blank canvas begging for embellishment. For pieces with legs -- like desks, chairs, and consoles -- go for a dip-dyed effect. Determine how high you want the color to go, and use painter's tape to mask off the area. Paint the legs your desired color and remove the painter's tape. Consider a completely contrasting color, or opt for a metallic, like on this desk.
Turn a tired piece of furniture into a new treasure. Search flea markets and garage sales for old furniture pieces with good bones. This charming desk was originally a vanity table. After the mirror was removed, the table was sanded, primed, and painted. Pretty papers decoupaged onto the drawer fronts and new knobs add decorative character.
Creative Dining Display
Think outside the box. In the dining room, try this creative alternative for a standard hutch or china cabinet. Hang a pair of bookcases horizontally on the wall, then slide a third on the floor below. Display favorite dinnerware and keep serving pieces handy in the cubbies. Install the middle bookcase at counter height so it serves double-duty as a buffet station or bar.
Mirror, Mirror on the Dresser
Make your own mirror-covered furniture for a fraction of the cost of this glam home decor trend. Find a dresser, desk, or table with drawers from a thrift store, and freshen it up with a coat of paint. Have a hardware store cut mirrors that fit the drawer fronts and drill holes for hardware; then attach them with mirror glue. Tip: Pay extra for polished edges if kids will be using it.