With a little bit of time, you can turn plain-jane products into prized possessions-no matter your budget.
Want more? Check out these amazing home makeovers!
Beautify a Bed Frame-Fast-With an Adhesive
This adhesive vinyl wallcovering creates the illusion of a luxurious, tufted headboard. Complete the look with a mix of linens in graphic prints and cool tones.
(Headboard sticker, $128 for queen; casartcoverings.com. Calico shams, $55 each; ploverorganic.com. Sheet set, $79 for queen; westelm.com. Wool blanket, $348; 76"W x 104"L; coyuchi.com. Pillowcases; queen-size duvet and dust ruffle, $75-$248; garnethill.com)
White Space Allows for Creative Solutions
The secret to this subtle yet super-stylish wall treatment? Ceiling medallions! We installed the ones shown here in a single day using adhesive caulk. A Belgian-linen slipcover by Bemz updates a standard Ikea sofa-and delivers a soft dose of color.
(Medallions, from $12.28; homedepot.com. Slipcover, $665; bemz.com. Love seat, $379; ikea.com)
Want more great uses for color? Click here to learn how to design a perfect colorful bedroom.
Bring Polish to a Plain Mirror
Even the flimsy dormroom staple graduates to grown-up decor with a stick-on frame, available in 20 styles.
(From $107; mirrormate.com)
Convert a Basic Butcher Block Into an Outstanding Bar
Elevate just about any surface-a cutting board, a serving tray, even a door-with a set of easy-to-install, boldly hued aluminum legs.
($325 for four; 28"H; neoutility.com)
Think Outside the Box
Who wants to display an unsightly carton of safety matches? Instead, pair your candles with this object d'art: a reclaimed apothecary jar, with a hand-etched bottom for striking.
Clutter got you cornered? Check out these fun ways to declutter your kid's room!
Upgrade Fido's Feeding Station
So long, plastic bowls! Faux bois ceramic dishes and Chilewich's wood-grain-look mat make a necessity into a visually pleasing vignette.
(Bowls, $26 each; thelifeofryley.com. Placemat, $12; momastore.org)
Make Rugged-Chic Tiebacks
Interior designer Annie Selke dreamed up this frill- (and drill-) free way to corral drapes: Just combine a swiveleye snap hook, key ring, and cord.
(Brass snap hook, $2.37; 1½" ring, 97 cents; 1/8" cord, $3.92 for 45'; homedepot.com for stores)
Upgrade to Storage with Style
Crate & Barrel's solid-oak splurge puts the home back in home office.
Redo your dining room for $68!
This witty, stain-resistant slipcover turns a cafeteria-style folding table into a trompe l'oeil take on a fine Chippendale antique.
(Cover, $68; 30"W x 6'L; Under Stella's Umbrella for stores. Table, $75; walmart.com)
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