Easy DIY Upgrade: Paint a Swiss Cross on It

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I have this thing for neutrals; everything I bring home is black, white or wood toned. It's a great strategy for timeless pieces, but I'm getting a little bored. Everything is just so plain. Turning to Scandinavian interiors, I see that a neutral home doesn't have to be a boring one... with the right touch. Forget pops of color. The prescription for a boring home might just be a pop of pattern.

I found that I'm a thousand times more jazzed for a simple piece when there's a cross painted, screened, or sewed on. A tiny hint of pattern is enough to take a plain white tray and give it personality, like in this kitchen vignette from the home of Elisabeth Heier:

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So why not grab something plain and see if you can't give it a quick pick-me-up with a single Swiss cross painted front and center?

I'm not the only one thinking a DIY cross is an easy addition to some simple housewares. Lidy Dipert of Hello Lidy! gave a vintage tool chest a modern touch with a white cross on the front (pictured at top). And Lora of Craftivity Designs tried the same strategy with a black vinyl cross on a simple white footstool in the bathroom (below). In both cases, a little effort turned into a big payoff in personality.

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To try it at home, mask off a cross with tape and paint it in; a Swiss cross looks like a plus sign with all sides of equal length.You can also take a stamp or stencil of a Christian cross and modify it into more of a plus sign shape, like Kristy Murphy did in this throw blanket tutorial on Brit + Co.

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Would you try this DIY in your home?

(Image credits: Hello Lidy!; Elisabeth Heier; Craftivity Designs; Brit + Co.)