DIY Decorating: One Look, Two Rooms
Follow these simple ideas to re-create your living room and bedroom.
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Fresh Living Room
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Almost Custom Bookcase
Paint the bookcase the same color as the trim to help trick the eye into believing they are built-in units.
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To create out-of-sight storage, doors were added to the bottom shelves of the cabinets. Made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), the doors are installed with concealed hinges.
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Punch up open-front bookshelves by lining the back with wallpaper. To avoid permanent application, cut foam-core board to fit the shelf back and apply the paper to that. The shelves keep the board in place.
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Custom Button Curtains
Add dressmaker's details such as covered button and ribbon trim to store-bought curtains to give them a custom, pricey look. Don't sew? Attach ribbon using fusible web and an iron.
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Frame scrapbooking paper, available in an array of trendy colors and funky patterns, for easy and inexpensive artwork that perfectly suits your room's color scheme.
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In addition to storage space, the new top shelf and molding provide a recessed spot to hide the curtain rod.
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Using fabric scraps from your room, this shade gets an instant makeover. Here is how to do it:
1. Lay out your fabrics leaving varying widths.
2. Hot glue the pieces into place.
3. Cover the fabric's edges with ribbon.
4. Finish the shade by gluing a ribbon trim around the top and bottom of the shade.
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The scrapbook paper art gets a face-lift with family photos glued over the papers.
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This cornice was created out of MDF to match the molding and the cabinets in the room.