In my opinion one of the easiest beginner DIY projects is painting something with chalkboard paint. We remodeled our kitchen and a new fridge was not in the budget. The cream color did not go with the new upgraded kitchen, so I opted for chalkboard paint. A can of paint costs around $13 depending on where you purchase it. If you want to make your own for even less check out my tips and tricks page http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/tips-and-tricks/. Making your own allows you an infinite number of colors.
I found this vintage Lineberry cart at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It was a steal because of the rough shape. A little elbow grease and paint stripper and it looks amazing!
I picked this hutch bottom up for free from my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It was damaged, so needed a little TLC.
Our new porch was begging for a bit more curb appeal. I looked around the house and gathered up a few items that I felt could use a face lift.
I have always loved the modern look of a sphere lamp. The price tag has always been another story. Often times they retail for over $200.
This is a simple weekend project. Head to your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and buy a sconce (or two) that has interesting details. For less than $10 and a can of spray paint you can breathe new life into the sconces. Make sure to use a fine grit sandpaper to prep the surface and prime the brass before you you paint. You will appreciate taking the time to prep in the beginning once you begin painting the metal.
For less than $10 you can update and ugly brass lamp by making it into a stylish candle holder. Most brass lamps simply screw apart. All you need to do is remove the screws and take it apart. Remove the light and parts you do not like. Paint the metal pieces the color or your choosing and screw it back together. It’s really that easy!
Hot pink is all the rage! Why not update a cheap wall sconce. It makes a statement in any room!
I bought this green wood trunk several years ago at a local thrift store for $10. It sat on my porch for three years begging for a rehab. When we moved into our new place we were in need of a coffee table, and the trunk was the perfect piece to transform!
I decided to use a flat black paint on the trunk. I wanted the piece to blend in with the living room not stand out. When I was done painting I went back through and roughed up the edges, so it had a slightly used look. I added two handles I had from an old window project I did a few years ago.