A Home Decor Makeover with Crafts

Give vintage finds the feminine touch with a trendy color palette and clever customization.

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    Living Room Makeover

    Take a look at how we turned vintage finds into beautiful decor for next to nothing. Paired with bold colors and patterns, these trash-to-treasure items take on a modern twist.

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    Chair Makeover Before

    This worn-out chair was kicked to the curb, but our designers gave it new life. It's amazing what paint, fabric, and a little love can do for a curbside find.

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    Chair Makeover After

    Basic or unattractive wooden armchairs are a flea market staple. Buy one for a few dollars and give it a new attitude.

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    Chair Makeover After

    Use a wool blanket to cover the chair back. Cover buttons with a coordinating fabric and tuft the chair back for a dressy look.

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    Chair Makeover After

    Add upholstery batting to the seat and slipcover with a patterned fabric. Dress it up with a ruffle and piping for pretty detail.

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    Side Table Before

    A step stool steps in as a side table when topped with a framed doily design. Cut plywood to fit inside the frame and nail it in place. Paint the stool and frame (we chose a pretty pink) and then attach the pieces with a strong adhesive.

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    Side Table After

    To use a doily as a stencil, spray the doily with starch, press flat, and let dry. Cover the frame with painter's tape. Coat the back of the doily with spray stencil adhesive and apply the doily to the plywood tabletop. Spray over the doily with white paint to cover the new tabletop in two light coats. When dry, carefully remove the doily. Finish the top with two coats of water-base sealer.

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    Quilted Window Treatment

    Extend the life of a tattered quilt by using the best parts to accent a curtain. Cut a bedspread in half lengthwise for two drapery panels. Cut pieces of a quilt to the width of each panel, plus seam allowances, using the binding along the bottom edge for a hem. Press under the raw edges of the quilt and topstitch to the curtain panel. Hem the raw edges of the curtain panel. Add buttonholes across the top and hang the panel with fabric ties.

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    Window Treatment Ties

    Add buttonholes across the top edge of each panel and hang with coordinating fabric ties.

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    Sofa Makeover

    Give your sofa personality by wrapping a thin quilt around the seat cushion. This no-sew approach allows for easy laundering.

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    Quilt Block Pillow

    Repurpose a favorite old quilt block into a pillow embellishment with applique. Open the side seam of a purchased pillow and remove the form from the cover. Carefully cut out the desired portion of the quilt block and center it on the pillow front; applique in place. Replace the pillow form and sew the opening closed.

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    Floral Applique Pillow

    Turn a blanket into an elegant pillow with applique. Use our free pattern to make this beautiful floral applique and give this pillow an instant vintage feel.

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    Feed-Sack Pillow

    Vintage grain sacks often feature great designs. To turn one into a pillow, cut it into two pieces. With wrong sides facing, stitch around the edges, leaving an opening for turning. Turn right side out, insert pillow form, and hand-stitch the opening closed.

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    Window Frame Before

    This old window makes a great frame for artwork. Sand, prime, and paint the window the desired color.

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    Window Frame Artwork After

    Fill the openings with wallpaper, fabric, or scrapbook paper taped to the back of the frame.

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    Display Ledge Before

    Give a purchased modern ledge vintage charm by screwing architectural brackets to the bottom, then prime and paint the entire piece one color.

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    Display Ledge After

    Give your collectibles a pretty place to land with this vintage-looking ledge.

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    Coffee Table Before

    A few strategic cuts can turn an ugly drop-leaf table into an oh-so-pretty coffee table. Shorten the legs to coffee table height and cut the leaves into curves to soften the edges.

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    Coffee Table After

    After painting the table, wallpaper the top and drop-down leaves. Adding casters to the legs makes the table easy to move around the room.

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    Wallpaper on Coffee Table

    Wallpaper scraps are perfect for this makeover project.

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    Pretty Tray

    Cut a base from 1/2-inch-thick medium-density fiberboard to fit a metal tray. Trim wallpaper to fit the base, and laminate the wallpaper at an office supply store. Secure it to the base using double-stick tape.

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    Dresser Before

    Primer, paint, and wallpaper can give an old dresser a fresh look.

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    Dresser After

    After priming and painting the entire dresser, cover the drawer fronts with wallpaper. Secure the pieces with decoupage medium, then coat the fronts with more of the glue.

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    Add New Hardware

    After the dresser is dry, finish the look with new pulls.

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    Custom Artwork

    Creating artwork is as easy as clicking a mouse. This floral-and-butterfly adorned canvas was created at winkflash.com.

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    Wicker Vase Before

    A dark and dated wicker vase becomes the base of a funky new lamp.

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    Trendy Lamp

    A wicker vase looks trendy when topped with a blossoming shade. Paint the vase, then turn it upside down and drill a hole through the bottom to accommodate a lamp kit. Wire the lamp, following the manufacturer's instructions. Wrap a shade with paper and secure with double-stick tape.

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