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Five Interior Design Projects To Take On Yourself

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Published: 07-01-2015
Refinish furniture to match your drapery hardware

Small changes can bring dramatic results when it come to interior design. If you have the creativity and confidence to tackle a DIY project, you can save money and end up with exactly what you want. With some planning and background research, you can make a list of materials, steps and goals to complete your project and improve the look of your home.

Furniture Refinishing

There are several diy refinishing projects that will make a huge difference in the look of your home. One way to change the look in the kitchen is to refinish the cabinets. This is a big project and does take some time and patience to do it right. You will need a steady hand, basic tools, and space to let cabinet doors dry. But you have the potential to save hundreds of dollars doing this yourself and end up with fantastic looking cabinets. Other refinishing projects include older wood furniture piece updates, stair rails, or even doors. Adding a more modern stain can instantly update your home.


Installing complementary drapes are a great way to bring color and texture to a room. Draperies can be bought but can also be made on your own from the material of your choosing! Basic sewing skills or even a glue gun can be used to create stunning window treatments for any room in your house. Replacing the rods or just adding a coat of paint to the ones you already have is one way to update your drapes.


Dirty, old grout can really impair the appearance of your tile floors. Replacing or just scrubbing down these grout lines can create a clean look that may even be dramatic enough to appear like the floors were replaced. One trick is to use a toothbrush to paint over the existing grout for an instant effect.

Stone Veneer

An old outdated bath tub can be updated with the application of a stone veneer product. This light, realistic looking stone is attached directly to the surface and brings a cool, modern look to any space. This is also a popular update for outdoor BBQ areas and even kitchen island. This diy is doable in a short amount of time and with minimal effort.

Light Fixtures

The addition of modern light fixtures can become expensive especially if you are replacing more than one. One diy fix is to use a metallic spray paint to change the look of your current fixtures. The brass look of 20 years ago because modern and stylish with a coat of polished nickel or oil rubbed bronze. Just remove the fixture and tape off any areas you don’t want painted. Let it dry and enjoy the new look.

DIY projects may seem intimidating for some people but are attainable with some research and planning. Watch an online video or read up on techniques you think might work in your home. Don’t be afraid to personalize your home and add custom work that you can be proud of.

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