More Beautiful in Blue: 14 Colorful DIY Project Ideas

More Beautiful in Blue: 14 Colorful DIY Project Ideas

Tess Wilson
Sep 18, 2017
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Want to bring a spot of brightness to your home? Here's a roundup of furniture tutorials and hacks that all have one thing in common: the ever-trending color, blue. Whether you color dip an IKEA stool, transform a battered curbside find with TLC and paint, or create a magnificent velvet headboard out of thin air, there's surely a true-blue project on this list that's perfect for you.

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Happy Modern IKEA Dresser by Apartment Therapy

(Above) Pick a blue furniture paint that contrasts beautifully with the unfinished pine of an IKEA dresser, and then choose a piece of wrapping paper that brings the whole thing together. You could keep the original drawer pulls plain or replace them with (p)leather straps.

Modern Toddler Bed by A Beautiful Mess

Here's a DIY that's equally kid-friendly and design-friendly. This deep blue is beautiful and sophisticated, while the bright legs are pure fun. Swap them out for brass or black legs for a more grown-up look when your kid is older: now it's a lounge!

The Painted Piano by A Subtle Revelry

A beat-up old is transformed with a simple coat of blue paint. A strip of the original wood left unpainted contrast beautifully with the smooth blue, while keeping the whole piece grounded.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Facelift by The Painted Drawer for Hometalk

The lovely muted blue frame of this dresser allows the wood to truly shine. A beat-up dresser was healed with wood filler and plenty of sanding and brought to life with stain on the drawers and milk paint.

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Blue TARVA Dresser by IKEA

This baby blue beauty can be yours if you just follow the simple instructions, translated from Swedish: "First paint the office with two strings half-matte snickerifarg. Paint thin so you can enjoy the nice woodcake, it gives a natural feeling." The pale leather straps pair perfectly with the snickerifarg, for a piece that would work equally well in a playful kid's room or a Scandinavian modern bedroom.

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DIY Tufted Headboard by Place Of My Taste

Drape your bed—and yourself, no judgement—in the most glorious blue velvet. This color is bold, yet will go with a surprising number of duvets, and the headboard will be the showpiece of your bedroom.

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DIY Decoupage Dresser by A Beautiful Mess

Make a blueprint blowup of your favorite abstract or nature photo and decoupage it to your dresser for a truly one-of-a-kind piece. The creator of this project recently checked in, and this project has held up very well with frequent use, especially impressive since it only cost about $14 to complete! The particular blue of the blueprints is surprisingly appealing.

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DIY Agate Accent Table by Apartment Therapy

Don't happen to have enormous, precious slices of agate laying about? No problem. All you need are acrylic paints, pipes, O rings, and MDF—and access to a jigsaw. This accent table is a great way to bring a pop of blue to any room.

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Color-Dipped Stools by IKEA

I love this pairing of pastel and midnight blues; both hues pair perfectly with the birch wood of the affordable FROSTA stool. Brit + Co has a great color-dipped stools tutorial, so now all you need are small amounts of various blue paints.

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Spray Painted Upholstery by Apartment Therapy

Almost any upholstered chair can be a beautiful blue chair, thanks to Simply Spray Soft Fabric Paint on Amazon. Here's how our expert tester rated it:

Coverage: Pretty decent.
Texture: Stays soft!
Flexibility: Fantastic! It's a little bit more sturdy than the original fabric, but not uncomfortable in any way.
Overall: I was really pleased with this paint.

The white paint really lets the bold blue pop!

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Modern Navy Nightstand Makeover by Bre Purposed

This delicious navy/gold combination can be yours, all thanks to the wonders of paint. Paint a dresser or nightstand your favorite deep blue, spray paint some drawer pulls gold (you could even unify mismatched pulls this way), and thrown on some Home Depot legs. This photo makes a convincing argument that every single piece of furniture should be navy, gold, and wood.

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Wood Pallet Island by Better Homes & Gardens

This DIY includes detailed instructions, as well as some valuable insight into how an island can really pull the whole kitchen together: "To create this DIY island, wooden pallets were painted navy to match the kitchen cabinetry... The island's look is completed with a butcher-block top that parallels the wood flooring." This greyed-out blue works perfectly with almost any wood tone.

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DIY Entryway Bench by A Joyful Riot for eHow

An eggshell blue bench provides a bright welcome in a sunny entryway. Swap the pillows out with the seasons: grey and white for winter, florals for spring and summer, and perhaps rose gold for autumn.

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Bone Inlay IKEA Hack by Apartment Therapy

All the beauty of an intricately inlaid dresser, none of the bones! All you need are paints and a stencil kit. This sky blue is tempered by the white paint and the ornate design, which renders it wonderfully sophisticated.

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