When a client wants a redesign without replacing all their furniture, my top recommendation is paint.  The roundup of DIY ideas I included with the Open & Airy Great Room mood board are all about the power of paint.  Paint can transform, freshen, and extend the life of tired or dated furniture.  Read on for all the sources…

Painted furniture DIY ideas

My client was battling with mission-style furniture she no longer liked.  The wood tone was also contributing to the dark and drab feeling in the room.  I recommended two DIY projects for the dining table and end tables to give them an overhaul.  To banish the mission-style, I recommended painting the base white to brighten them up.  And, for some nice contrast I chose DIY ideas with darker wood tops.

For this room I also recommended painting the fireplace.  If your fireplace brick is not in good shape or not a color you like, then don’t be afraid to give it a facelift.  My client has a lovely white mantle, but the red brick around the fireplace was traditional and dated.  I recommended painting it a few shades darker than the wall color for a sophisticated look.

Rugs can be pricey, especially larger sizes.  I found a great rug in my clients budget, but wanted to share a few ideas for achieving the same look for less.  I love the striped rug from House*Tweaking that Dana created with an Ikea rug and painters tape.  I also found a great tutorial on creating the herringbone pattern.

With a few quarts of paint and a little time, my client will be able to make a big change in her space!

Have a space you need help with?

My mood boards are like a visual shopping list for your perfect room.  In addition to the mood board, I include a free DIY ideas board for the room.  Get yours here.

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3 Responses to Open & Airy DIY Ideas

  1. Lisa says:

    Such great ideas! I painted our red fireplace bricks and mantle white and it made such a difference in our room. I’m also planning to paint my espresso dining room table white and keep the top dark in an attempt to make it look less heavy. Wish me luck!

  2. Thanks for including my end table! Love the other ideas too :)

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