Creating a new look from an old piece of furniture can be an afternoon project that will give you a focal piece for just about any room. It’s an easy task that can give your room a sense of style for very little money.
Go to pinterest.com/mattershome and follow our Matters of the Home board of painted furniture for a whole selection of dressers for some easy inspiration.
Here are a few tips to make your project go a bit smoother:
1. When you take the drawers out of the dresser, number them on the inside with a piece of tape. Drawers fit better when they go back into their same old space.
2. When you remove the handles and screws, place them in a big plastic bag so you won’t lose any of them.
3. Lightly sand, but don’t overdo it. Wipe down the dresser after sanding to remove any particles.
4. Prime before painting. Priming now comes in spray cans and is very easy to use. Let dry.
5. Paint from the top down in very light coats. Spray paint is fine here too.
6. If you are painting your dresser black, use black spray primer too.
7. If you want to be neat, tape inside the dresser and on the sides of the drawers to keep paint from getting on the inside surface.
There are more tips and plenty of ideas on the internet, including decoupaging with maps, scrapbook paper, gift wrap and wallpaper. There is no end to how much you can do for a new look. A dresser can also serve as a foyer chest, a bedside table, a buffet in a dining area, and much more.
(BPT) – Still love the overall design scheme of a space, but feeling a little bored? The best way to breathe new life into it – without revamping the entire area – is by creating a new focal wall. Instead of a decal, stencil or pricey artwork, make a statement that’s one-of-a-kind with a little creativity and painter’s tape.
Heavy patterns on every wall can be overwhelming; adding zest to just one is your best bet to make a positive impact. Before you begin, scan the room to determine the best wall to update. When you enter the space, where do your eyes naturally gravitate? If it’s an area that you love, amp up the style to make it really stand out. But if it’s something that catches your eye for all the wrong reasons, pick a different side of the room. Repositioning the focal point will draw attention away from the elements you don’t like or can’t easily change, like architectural features, window placement or heating and cooling returns.
Once you’ve determined where you’re going to paint, it’s time to think about what. Here are a few easy ideas to get the creativity flowing.
Purchasing oversized artwork can be pricey – ranging anywhere from hundreds to even thousands of dollars. Don’t shell out a ton of cash to add personality to an empty wall when it’s easy to make your own art. Bring your design ideas to life with new FrogTape Shape Tape – a painter’s tape cut into unique patterns that allows you to quickly and effortlessly create works of art on walls, accessories, furniture and more. The three Shape Tape patterns – Wave, Scallop and Chevron – can be positioned on surfaces in various ways to achieve different results; by staggering the tape or varying the placement widths, you can make your own impressive designs. Best of all, patented PaintBlock Technology on the edges of FrogTape Shape Tape helps prevent paint bleed and leaves precise lines, keeping your artwork looking sharp. For more information visit frogtape.com.
You can create one oversized piece of art directly on the wall, or paint a number of smaller canvases that can be arranged as a DIY gallery. Whatever you choose, you’ll have a new focal point that will surely serve as a conversation starter at your next get-together.
Creating a mural on one wall is extremely popular, especially one that helps bring the feel of the outdoors inside. Trees are an easy element to paint on any wall. For a sophisticated look, keep it simple with silhouettes. Use painter’s tape to create the outline of birch trees from the floor to the ceiling, leaving six to 12 inches between each trunk. Paint all the trees using the same color. Be sure to use a shade that coordinates with the rest of the room, or a neutral like white, gray or beige delivers a crisp look.
Fabulous faux framing
If your house is lacking interesting architectural features like decorative molding, you can mimic the look with paint and painter’s tape. Measuring and installing the real deal can be time-intensive and tedious, but using paint is an easy way to dress up a space without the cost and labor of installing numerous pieces of trim. From crown molding to wainscoting, using paint to imitate intricate trim work will add high style to your home.
For a stunning makeover, apply FrogTape brand painter’s tape three feet up from the floor along the entire wall to emulate a chair rail. Then, add additional squares and rectangles in a repeating pattern below. Apply a fresh coat of paint in a color that coordinates with the original wall color; and once you remove the tape, you’ll have crisp lines that look like molding… without all the work.
Next time you’re looking to spruce up a space, think beyond painting your walls a solid color. With a little imagination and painter’s tape, you can design eye-catching rooms throughout the entire house.
When it comes to trends in interior design, the forecast through 2014 is looking bolder, brighter and more adventurously colorful than has been seen in a while. Up-and-coming palettes are earning descriptions including “youthful,” “vibrant” and “positive,” heralding the rebounding market’s ready return to color.
Color expert and interior designer Barbara Schirmeister equates new, energized color palettes to growing economic confidence, as well as the influence of the youth market.
“As the economy ticks upward, designers and consumers are expressing hopefulness by incorporating statement colors, mixed palettes and vibrant patterns … inspired by dominant trends aimed at the youth market,” says Schirmeister, who has spent decades as a color consultant for companies such as Crossville Tile, Hunter Douglas, American Standard and Motorola.
She explains that today’s trends are in contrast to those of the recent past that were more cautious, offered less variety
and had longer “shelf lives” – staying popular over time as homeowners were hesitant to change.
“It’s as if the market is molting, shedding its cautious colors to display new palettes that are all about getting noticed,” she says.
Saturated, bright and nonconventional, colors of the now are more assured with wider options. The hues reflect influences from both nature and technology, mirroring the quest for balance a busy society strives to achieve. Schirmeister cites Argent, a new porcelain tile line by Crossville for which she developed the colors, as an example.
“This product offers 20 colors that engage the entire color wheel. Even the neutral tones incorporate more colorful influence,” she describes.
Schirmeister showcases the trends by color collections to describe what consumers can expect to see – and enjoy incorporating – in interior design, in the days ahead.
Warm colors – red extensions
The warm side of the color wheel features red, yellow and orange – colors often associated with excitement, confidence and emotion. The red family is extending in all venues: yellowed, blued, pale and saturated, peach, peony, azalea, and crimson, even into bordeauxs, red violets and oranges. For the coming year, yellows will be uplifting – buttercup, citrus, butterscotch and gold.
Cool hues – clean and clear
On the cool side of the color wheel, which includes green, blue and purple, clean and clear will be the dominant trend. Expect to see jade
greens paired with turquoise blues. The greens will be expanding, a trend that hasn’t been seen for quite some time. Military, emerald, parrot and even a green almond are glimpses of the trend. In addition, blues are gaining importance. Navy is often taking the place of black, and indigo will continue to be a fashionable, foundational color. Shades of nature-inspired purple are appearing as accessible, support tones.
Neutrals – whites, browns and shades of gray
Neutral colors remain versatile and simple, yet also nod toward color confidence. The gray family, very popular in recent years, continues to have influence, while white neutrals are escalating. Also coming back are the-browns. From camel and bisque to burnt sienna and taupe, these base colors will add complement and contrast to bold color schemes, while nodding to natural influences.
Want to see these color collections in action? Schirmeister suggests looking to online communities like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz for inspiration and ideas.
“Social media is driving today’s trends. Color lovers constantly post about their passions,” she says. “And those exciting, youthful colors we can’t resist sharing in our news feeds are already showing up in interior decor.”
(BPT) – Opposites attract, and for couples who live together, compromising on personal style and design choices can be a difficult bridge to cross. Someone who wants a modern, contemporary vibe might not like the decor choice of someone who prefers a more traditional or rustic feel. What most people don’t realize, however, is that blending two opposing tastes can actually be more visually appealing than sticking with just one design style. And, more importantly, it can be done quickly and affordably.
Paint is prime
Adding a splash of color (or two, or three) is a low-cost way to liven up the blank canvas of your home. While neutral colors are ideal for selling your home, living with them might be a different story. If you want to evoke emotion, establish visual intrigue or set a certain mood, color is the best way to get the job done.
And you don’t have to stick with just one color throughout your home. Highlight an accent wall in your living room with a darker shade or apply a funky wallpaper print. Or, paint your kitchen red with shades like Crisp Crimson or Rocket Red from Dutch Boy, as it increases appetite and elevates passion, perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Purples such as Plumes or Merlot Grape, also from Dutch Boy, have been known to induce passion, ideal choices for a couple’s bedroom.
Art and soul
Bringing artistic elements into the space is an easy way to add personal flair. From wall decor and blown glass accents to picture frames and candles, no decorative piece is too small to make a big impact. Display items in groups of three for a dramatic display. Candleholders or vases in varying heights or complementary color schemes can marry two styles easily, and pairing a gothic frame with a softer, lace-applique can actually bring great dimension to an overlooked nook of the home.
Just because you’re a fan of Monet and your partner prefers Picasso, that doesn’t mean you can’t proudly display your favorite pieces for all to enjoy. While Picasso’s pieces seem more abrupt and geometric, by combining with larger, softer pieces from an impressionist painter like Monet, you can actually blend the two artistic styles seamlessly.
The perfect mix
Don’t be afraid to mix various textures and patterns. This will add dimension to the space, transforming a flat and otherwise boring look into a world of wonderment. First, pick a main color you want to focus on, which will be the anchor color for the space. Let’s say you choose blue for this role. Lay all blue fabrics on the floor – window treatments, rugs, pillows and blankets. You’ll immediately notice some that seem out of place. Remove these from the pile and you’ll begin to notice an interesting cohesion among the remaining fabrics. Next, you’ll want to incorporate a complementary color. If blue is your anchor color, add hints of orange to the mix for a playful pop.
Also, be mindful of the pattern’s scale. If you have too many large scale patterns in one space, they will be competing with each other, adding unnecessary drama. Keeping it to just one large scale print and several mix-and-match small and medium scale prints will create perfect harmony. In terms of texture, pairing coarse fabrics with smooth variants will add yet another level of dimension to the space. While too many coarse items can seem overbearing, by adding some softer, more feminine textures you can actually create an interesting, eye-provoking combination.
Taking the time to blend your and your mate’s style preferences can be a rewarding experience. Throughout the process you’ll learn his or her likes and dislikes while having fun in the process, creating a stronger, more unified couple. And by playing around with colors, textures and patterns, the end result will be a well-designed joint space that stimulates the senses from start to finish.
Spending a little time on Pinterest lately, inspired me to try some projects of my own. Looking around my house, I found a small, plain, wooden chest of drawers that I’ve had for over 15 years. Its been sitting in my bathroom for most of that time, and it definitely needed to be refreshed.
I was short on time, and needed something that I could do quickly. I turned to Mod Podge, to decoupage it. If you’re unfamiliar with Mod Podge, or decoupaging furniture, it is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to dress up almost anything. You can decoupage wood, metal, ceramic, plastic and just about anything you can think of!
I was able to find a pretty book of scrap booking paper squares at the craft store, similar to this:
This made decoupaging even easier, since all I had to do was choose my squares right out of the book. You could do the same, or you could find any pretty images from magazines, wallpaper samples, news print or anything else to make your furniture project unique.
Once the primer and paint were dry, I followed the simple Mod Podge instructions and applied the paper squares:
What do you think? This whole project took just a couple of hours, and gave the chest a completely different look. Its like getting new furniture for next to nothing!