DIY Furniture Hardware: Get Your Paints, Glue Sticks, and Supplies Out!

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Whether you're thinking of trying to sell your house, or whether you're tired of waking up to the same old drab decor, you can rejuvenate your interior with  surprisingly little effort and money. With the exception of maybe painting your walls, sprucing up old furniture is probably the least expensive and least time-consuming thing you can do to dramatically improve the look and feel of an old, boring room.

Use this guide to breathe new life into that sad, sinking motif.

Stenciling

In its purest form, stenciling is as simple as drawing or tracing the silhouette of an image onto thick, durable paper like manilla, cutting it out, placing on a surface -- the top of a desk, the side of a dresser, anywhere paintable, really -- and painting or otherwise coloring the image. A butterfly, a sailboat, a skull and crossbones -- whatever your taste requires -- can make a bold, visible improvement that requires little more than imagination and a can of spray paint.

Depending on your artistic nature, creativity and willingness to exert, stenciling can range from simple to extraordinary. Check out ideas like these for inspiration.

Restoration

If your furniture has sentimental value, it's made from quality hardware, or you're just not ready or able to replace it, bringing a piece of old furniture back to its former glory can make an item look like new while giving you the satisfaction of having completed a true DIY project. Sanding, staining, varnishing, and finishing are art forms -- trades of true craftsman.

Take the project seriously by researching your materials and equipment first. Here is a good place to start.

Mosaic

If there's something more beautiful than a well-done mosaic-tiled piece of furniture, I don't know what it is. Like a jigsaw puzzle, mosaic tiling takes many tiny pieces and combines them into a beautiful image. Cracked and elegant, mosaic patterns are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. They make great, spill-proof surfaces and can be glazed for a smooth finish.

Check out this awesome Pinterest page for limitless inspiration.

Distress

Some pieces aren't meant to be restored. Like an old lady with a bad facelift, sometimes it's better to let furniture age gracefully. Antiquing or distressing old furniture can not only make the piece itself a brand-new eye-catcher, but it can complement the rest of the furniture in the room. Distressing is the act of making a piece of furniture appear to be aged or worn without diminishing the quality. It is both a science and an art form. Choosing the right sander and distress paint for each particular piece is half the battle.

There's a great tutorial here.

You don't need to buy new furniture to get furniture that looks like new. With a single weekend and a very minimal budget, you can bring your room or apartment or house back to its old glory by breathing new life into old furniture.

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about home decor and DIY solutions as well as more technical topics such as Intelius removal.

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