Do-It-Yourself Decorating Can be Fun
March 22, 2014 3:45 PM
by Centre County Gazette, Sami Hulings
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Redecorating and updating your home doesn't have to drain your wallet, take up all your time or require you to knock down a kitchen wall.

Instead, sprucing up your home can be as simple as do-it-yourself re-purposing projects from items around your home or pieces from thrift stores.

Re-purposed furnishing can add the uniqueness and character to homes that everyone is in search of. Small personal changes can make your house feel much cozier, warm and welcoming.

Don't throw away an old mattress if you have an entry way or kitchen wall in need of a message board. Create a vintage feel with the mattress spring. Clean away any rust or residue on the springs and cover it with a clear overcoat. Use clothes pins and wooden hangers to keep the vintage vibe going.

Have an old step stool you no longer need? Paint it a bright color and hang it on the wall as a shelf. Add eclectic frames with black and white photos and you now have an interesting piece of functional artwork.

Re-purpose a long dresser into an entertainment stand. Sand away the finish down to the wood. Paint or stain it to work with the rest of your living room décor. Remove the top two drawers and install a piece of plywood to create space for electronics like game consoles, cable boxes or DVD and blu-ray players. Use the bottom drawers to store movies or video games and their accessories. Use the drawers you took out to create nightstand or end tables.

Or turn that old long dresser into a window bench by cutting off its legs. Stain or paint the dresser to flow with your kitchen or bedroom style. Use a hammer and sand paper to give the dresser a distressed and vintage look. Buy or sew a cushion to fit. Finish your new piece of furniture off with five or six pillows in different patterns and colors that coordinate well with the cushion. Keep the drawers in the bench to create more storage opportunities.

Take ordinary tea tins and transform them into stylish storage containers for your home. Use chalkboard paint to allow labeling or paint them bright colors to add pop to a room. Be sure to apply primer before painting to ensure all tea labeling is covered. Place the tins in your home office, kitchen, living room or bathroom to store odds and ends.

Use scraps of wallpaper to add bold patterns to any piece of furniture, particularly tables and desks. Different colors and patterns make the pieces versatile, allowing you to move them throughout your home without always having to change their appearance.

Class-up your front steps by transforming a metal bucket into a salt storage container. Tie a ribbon in your favorite color on the handle and add a scooper to finish the job.

Create unique shelves with wooden crates and metal shelf racks. Simply hang the shelf rack on the wall in your bathroom, bedroom or living room and secure the wooden crates to the shelves on the racks.

Trade your ugly plastic soap dispensers for pretty olive oil bottles. Simply pour hand and dish soap into the bottles to create a more organized and put-together feeling in your kitchen.

Whatever do-it-yourself changes you make, make sure to add your own personal touches. Change the color, make additions or rethink the project altogether. No one can make your home more personal, unique and beautiful than you.

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