Before & After: Small DIY Changes In My Home

In the spirit of Before & After DIY projects I decided to share a few small changes I've made in my own home. Without spending much money at all, I have changed the look of a major piece of furniture and repurposed antique glassware. Sometimes a coat of paint — or moving an item from place to another — is all you need to switch things up.1. Filing Cabinet I found this metal filing cabinet on the street and I knew immediately that I could restore its cute appeal by painting it a fresh color. I felt this teal blue from Portola Paints (#083 Paradise), was just the thing to give it that 1950's retro style. What was once used in someones office, is now a storage unit for hair brushes and jewelry in my closet.

2. Antique Crystal Coasters These coasters caught my eye on the shelf at PUNCH last week. I imagined them as cute little displays for my jewelry. I often think giving new purpose to old things in your home is a great way to switch up the energy and to refresh your visual palette.

3. 1964 Stereo Console Credenza When I posted questions about this credenza, the comments were very diverse — many people said I should go for it and paint it, while others just said it was just a waste of junk. I think giving it a coat of white gloss paint and refinishing the hardware was all it needed. Within an hour and by using 1 bottle of primer and 1 bottle of spray paint this console has a completely different look — for the better, in my opinion.

4. Faux Chandelier This faux chandelier is constructed out of two pieces of wood cut in the shape of a classic chandelier. When I bought it at Urban Outfitters for $10, I immediately thought it'd be a nice touch to tie it in with my recent file cabinet makeover. Carrying over the color scheme is a subtle change that affects the look of the whole room.

Images: Bethany Nauert

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