“Frugality and practicality are still at the forefront of people’s minds right now, so updating and making the best of what you already have is a surefire way to save money and recycle,” said Rachael Liska, senior editor at Fresh Home magazine.
A dull pine table can become a sleek modern piece with a coat or two of glossy black paint, for example. Enamel paint is cheap, and spray paints now come in almost any color you can imagine and will work on nearly any surface.
Danielle Claro, home editor at Real Simple magazine, suggested painting a mirror’s frame with a glossy color, or taking an old wooden Windsor chair and sanding it, priming it and coating it with a fresh spring color like turquoise.
Painting and staining are tried-and-true techniques, but a fresh approach is to gild, decoupage or embellish with details, decorative nail heads, leather trim, cording and tassels.
Changing out the hardware on a dresser or side table is one of the easiest ways to make it over. You can also make slipcovers or reupholster a chair or sofa for an update. Hot patterns are ikat, any ethnic print and matte-printed cottons with a hint of metallic.
Use wallpaper remnants to dress up furniture, cabinet doors, and of course, walls.