If you’ve recently landed a new spot that needs furnishing or gotten the itch to update your current digs, take a deep breath – decorating your home doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Roll up your sleeves, channel your inner creativity, and try out these ideas for making super affordable furniture look like something you scored at Restoration Hardware.
Refresh the Paint
You’d be surprised what a fresh coat of paint can do. With a little effort, that old dresser, end table, or barstool you hate just might become your prized possession. Sand away scratches, fill dents with wood putty, and start painting. Make it two-toned by choosing a contrasting color to paint the drawer fronts, table top, or stool seat. Once dry, add a coat of polyurethane for a shiny finish. Wait for the polyurethane to cure, then buff the surface well to ensure your finished product is silky smooth.
Upgrade the Hardware
While undeniably awful when it comes to assembly instructions, IKEA furniture is cheap and sleek. Yes, it looks basic out of the box. But with the addition of on-trend hardware, it’s easy to upgrade. Try attaching stainless-steel hairpin legs to an IKEA tabletop to create a mod-inspired desk. Or add brass and leather drawer pulls and a custom-cut glass top to an otherwise boring dresser to achieve a contemporary style.
Accessorize the Mundane
If you’re bored with your couch but it’s still in decent shape, make what’s old seem new again by accessorizing. Switch up your current living room color palette with the addition of new throw blankets and throw pillows. Target has a huge selection of affordable options, or splurge on something trendy from West Elm. Sure, the total cost can add up quickly if you’re not careful. But hey, this route is still cheaper than buying a whole new couch!
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