Sneaky but Stylish Ways to Class Up Your Joint Over the Weekend

Sneaky but Stylish Ways to Class Up Your Joint Over the Weekend

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Dabney Frake
Jul 31, 2015
(Image credit: The Makerista)

You might not be able to afford a home makeover right now, but you can use some sneaky tricks to make your home look more polished and stylish that you ever thought it could be. Take these DIY design tips to make your home decor look like a million bucks, without draining your wallet.

MAKE FURNITURE LOOK BUILT-IN

Above, Gwen from The Makerista redecorated her friend Laura's living room and, as part of the project, brought someone in to create these remarkable "custom" library shelves, using the IKEA BILLY bookcase as the base.

(Image credit: Style at Home)

CUSTOMIZE SOMETHING INEXPENSIVE

Designer Tommy Smythe updated his IKEA PAX wardrobe doors with molding and vintage knobs. Combined with the sleek black paint, the new storage unit looks high-end and beautiful.

(Image credit: The Zhush)

ADD SOME HIGH GLOSS

When Sue De Chiara first saw the butler's pantry in her (now) new house, it had dark wood cabinetry. For a dramatic and glamorous change, she painted the cabinets a glossy deep blue and switched out the hardware.

(Image credit: Recently)

UPGRADE MATERIALS

Above, some fancy snakeskin fabric got cozy with Modge Podge to make over an ugly plastic table, courtesy of Recently.

(Image credit: Involving Color)

ADD ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST

Look towards the walls, doors, and even ceiling for opportunities to pump up the details with woodwork and trim, which feel custom and beyond builder-grade. It can be as easy as this kitchen project from Involving Color, where Jen added molding and corbels to her plain island to give it details and character.

(Image credit: Fall for DIY)

FAKE A FINISH

Everyone has a couple of favorite design elements they fantasize about in their future dream house, like exposed brick or marble countertops. Until we're in our "forever home" however, sometimes we have to fake it — and that's okay. Above, brick wallpaper hung by Fall for DIY gives this space a very loft-like look.

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