Designer-Approved DIYs: Paint Finishes that Add a Luxe Look for Pennies

Designer-Approved DIYs: Paint Finishes that Add a Luxe Look for Pennies

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Tess Wilson
Oct 28, 2016
(Image credit: Martha Stewart)

Want to up the glam factor of your home without spending a fortune on marble, mercury glass, malachite, and mother-of-pearl furnishings? These baker's dozen DIYs will transform ordinary—even ugly!—pieces into luxurious treasures, using only the power of paint. The only problem is you'll want to marbleize and encopper everything.

Bamboo

Transform Your Furniture with Faux Bamboo by Martha Stewart

Martha (also lead image above) demonstrates how to bamboo up mirrors, tables, wood chairs, and rusty metal beds using raw umber, burnt umber, and burnt sienna paints.

Copper

(Image credit: Nourish & Nestle)

Remake an Old Metal Tub by Nourish & Nestle

This tutorial uses paint to an oyster bucket into an antique copper wash tub.

Malachite

(Image credit: CBC)

How to Faux Finish It! by CBC

The most covetable green finish can now be yours, and you don't even need any fancy tools.

Mercury Glass

(Image credit: Hello Lidy)

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Vases by Hello Lidy

Mercury is perfect for the colder months, as it adds a warmth, shimmer, and mysterious glamour. Start with cheap vases and work your way up to pendant lights!

Turquoise

(Image credit: Modern Masters Cafe)

Turquoise Gem Patina Wall Art How-To by Modern Masters

The closeup process shots of this faux turquoise are amazing, and for the first time in my life I want to turquoise-ify everything—and acquire a pet zebra.

Bone/Mother-of-Pearl

(Image credit: The Plaid Palette)

DIY Faux Bone Inlay Dresser by The Plaid Palette

Turn an ordinary IKEA dresser into an ornate bone inlay piece, or use pearl paint to mimic the look of inlaid mother-of-pearl.

Granite

(Image credit: Almost Makes Perfect)

DIY Mini Granite Pots by Almost Makes Perfect

I am amazed by how well the granite spray paint works in this tutorial! That texture is irresistible and would easily upgrade those 99¢ IKEA pots.

Handmade Ceramics

(Image credit: The Merrythought)

DIY Speckled Dip Mug by The Merrythought

These hand-painted mugs mimic expensive, hand-thrown, raw-bottom ceramics, at a tiny fraction of the cost. And they're dishwasher safe!

Tortoise

(Image credit: Simple Details)

Get a Tortoise Effect on Glass by Simple Details

Pam shows you how to paint the inside of a five dollar hurricane glass and turn it into an upscale vase.

Marble

(Image credit: Earnest Home Co.)

Painted Faux Marble Countertop by Earnest Home Co.

The creator of this project refers to it as,""the best DIY I've done to-date ever," so if you're skeptical of painted marble countertops, tabletops or even walls, never fear!

Burl Wood

(Image credit: Gorgeous Shiny Things)

Faux Burl Wood Dresser from Gorgeous Shiny Things

This dresser transformation shows what's possible with vintage furniture finds, and burl wood is just one way to amp up the style factor.

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