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Do It Yourself Decorating

Do It Yourself Decorating

Today's photos are those of Archival Designs' Luxury Mansion, Villa De Saye.

Do-it-yourself decorating allows you to customize your home, apartment, condo, or room with DIY accents that transform your space on a budget without completing a full-scale remodel. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, here are some ideas for you. With a three-day weekend approaching, here are some ideas for your weekend!

Revive an Institutional Table

Paint and leg covers, carved from medium-density fiberboard (MDF), gave this table character.

Refresh with Pattern

Turquoise paint lightened the look of the sideboard, while glass pulls give it a vintage-meets-modern look. A herringbone pattern, drawn with a white paint pen on the doors, solidifies the sideboard's chic status.

Furnish an Entry

Primer, two coats of white paint, a simple cushion, and new casters complete the exterior overhaul. For functional art above, paint an old frame to match the chest, insert a wallpapersample, and secure branches with heavy-duty glue to create a hat rack.

Renew an Old Cart

Sand, prime, and paint the cart to make it new again. When dry, use a pencil to sketch a simple design on the cart. Cut scrapbooking paper into small pieces, then use decoupage glue to secure the pieces over the design. Cover the finished motif with two more coats of decoupage glue.

Make Over a Side Table

With a little paint and fabric, a new character emerges. Prime the table and paint it white. When dry, cut fabric to fit the tabletop plus extra to fold underneath. Set fabric in place and use decoupage medium to adhere it to the surface, smoothing with your fingers to remove air bubbles. Apply several coats of decoupage medium, letting dry between coats. When dry, wrap fabric under table and staple to secure.

Enliven a Ho-Hum Table

A simple redo gives the country style a modern edge. Remove the table legs and make a paper pattern for new simple legs. Cut the legs from MDF and attach to the top with screws. Paint the coffee table and, when dry, add an adhesive decal to the top for a flirty finish. 

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