Spruce Up Your Space

Tailor the look and feel of your home with these inexpensive projects that use clever design hacks.

| Winter 2019


A home should be a reflection of you and your personal style, and I believe it should tell a story about the people who live there. But what if the story or first impression you’re telling isn't a true representation of who you are? As a designer, I believe that when your surroundings are at odds with your inner self, you’re living in an environment of conflict. When you achieve that balance whereby your exterior space mirrors who you are on the inside, a new world will open up.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve this blissful medium between home and heart. With these projects, you can give your home a fresh look on a budget that will make everyone happy.

Painted Dresser

Painted furniture is a great way to personalize any space. You can take an old piece and give it a new look, or you can buy a new piece and give it a custom finish. It’s a good project to involve the kids in, too, because they can tap into their creative sides and use the furniture as a blank canvas to express themselves.

This chest of drawers was a great price at only $35. It had clean lines that can work in any bedroom style and can be used in multiple ways. If you have a piece of furniture that belonged to your child, and it’s too sentimental to part with, try giving it a modern facelift with this paint project.

If you're using furniture that’s already stained, you'll first need to prep the piece by sanding it to get all the glossy finish off and applying primer so the new paint will adhere to the surface. Unfinished wood furniture is easier to paint, and reasonably priced pieces are available in many styles. The cost is even less when assembly is required. Painted furniture can make a fun statement on its own in a bedroom or dorm, or you can paint multiple pieces to create a collection. The possibilities are limitless.

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