Jazz Up Your Drawers

Why spend a fortune on custom made furniture when it’s so easy to personalise what you already have? In this clever DIY video, Tara from Better Homes and Gardens, illustrates  how easy it can be to transform a tired old chest of drawers into a mirrored Shabby Chic statement piece that will add that touch of glam to you space. Later on in the clip she also shows how, with just a lick of paint and some chevron patterns, you can contemporise a cheap pine dresser into something super trendy.

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Décor Dictionary: Lime Wash

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Lime Wash: (or whitewash) is a traditional treatment for wood or masonry made from a slaked lime mixture. In recent years the traditional lime has been replaced by semi-transparent stains or diluted white paint as the favoured method of whitewashing. Matured lime wash gives wood an aged look – the finish is translucent, allowing the wood grain to show through. Furniture with a washed effect is often associated with French Cottage, Shabby Chic, and Coastal styles.

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Quick Tip #28: Armoire Turned Home Bar

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I absolutely love this idea…

#28  Transform an old armoire into a sophisticated home bar. With a few minor tweaks your unwanted armoire can easily be converted from clothes closet to a stylish cabinet to store your alcoholic beverages, decanters and glasses. Your new armoire bar will make for a stunning statement piece that can harmonize effortlessly with existing décor whilst the doors will allow you to keep the bar hidden until happy hour…

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Quick Tip #27: Old Doors As Tables

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Today we conclude our little Décor Quick Tip series on awesome things to do with old reclaimed doors…

#27  Give an old salvaged door a second life by transforming it into an one-of-a-kind Shabby Chic table. A full size internal or external door can easily serve as a 8-seater dining table. If your door has panelling or moulding, place a sheet of glass on top for a smooth surface to dine on. Smaller or narrower doors like those of old cabinets and armoires can also make for interesting rustic coffee and side tables, or as a beautiful console table in a foyer or hallway… 

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Quick Tip #26: Old Doors As Chalkboards

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Can you believe this is Part Four of our little Décor Quick Tip series on awesome things to do with old reclaimed doors… and there is still a couple DIY door ideas left to explore!

#26  Why not combine two hot décor trends – repurpose an old found door by converting it into a quirky chalkboard! Shop for a character-filled salvaged door with interesting moulding, recessed panels,  or a frame with rustic textures like flaking paint. Decide on the area you want to paint with chalkboard paint – it can be the whole door or just the door insets. You can even paint the glass panes of an old French door – hang it on the wall horizontally… it makes for an excellent chalkboard day planner to organize your week! Also keep in mind that your chalkboard door does not necessarily have to be the traditional chalkboard black – chalkboard paint now comes in a multitude of funky colours… 

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Quick Tip #25: Old Doors As Shelves

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Here is part three of our Décor Quick Tip series on old reclaimed doors and all the interesting, beautiful, and sometimes weird things you can do with them…

#25  Looking for a quirky yet practical DIY project? Transform an old door headed for the dump into an upcycled bookcase or shelf unit! Choose a door with loads of interest – preferably something with moulding and recessed panels. Bracket reclaimed timber shelves directly to the solid door or remove the door inset panels for a more “floaty-looking” shelf unit. Another interesting idea is to half the door to create awesome corner shelves. Leave your door bookshelf rustic and peeling or paint it a glossy bright colour for a sleeker look! 

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