Faux Fancy: 10 Ways to Turn Old, Busted Decor into New Luxe Hotness

We all know how hard it is to make something look more expensive than it really is, let alone transforming old furniture into decor worthy of high end, elegant spaces. But here are a series of projects that do just that, turning salvaged finds into fancy pieces, with the help of luxurious faux finishes. 

Here are ten DIY projects for you to try at home...

TOP ROW:
1. Shagreen: An old laminate console, recovered with soft shagreen by A Mere Life.
2. Agate: Gorgeous Shiny Things gives you not one, but two tables that smack of agate.
3. Marble: The innovative IKEA hackers at Poppytalk strike again, this time in the form of a faux marble kitchen tulip table.
4. Malachite: Jenny of Little Green Notebook took a paintbrush to her desk and came up with this rich green malachite-like pattern.
5. Snakeskin: Some snakeskin fabric got cozy with Modge Podge to make over this table, courtesy of Recently.

BOTTOM ROW:
6. Fur: This time, a bench goes glam with faux fur, as seen on Style At Home.
7. Bone: The Vintique Object went very detailed, with the help of a stencil, to create this imitation inlaid cabinet.
8. Gold Leaf: Kelli Murray tried her hand at covering papier mache bowls with gold leaf.
9. Tortoise Shell: This painted box, from Pentimento Studio, could have fooled me.
10. Leather: This coffee table combines leather and a brass look in one piece of furniture, from Brooklyn DIY Designs.

Don't you love this? Faux sure.

(Images: as linked above)