Accent walls, coffee table covers, laundry room enhancements, oh my! These and other around-the-house projects are just a few of the things I’m tackling this summer. Here I’m sharing 10 do-it-yourself design undertakings that I plan to finish by the end of August. It sounds like a lofty goal, but most of these projects can be finished in a few hours or a weekend.
1. Rehab an outdated dresser
I’ve refurbed several pieces of furniture in the past as part of my reuse and renew philosophy. If you have an old dresser from the ‘70s, don’t kick it to the curb. With a few supplies--multipurpose moulding from Inteplast Building Products, paint, finish nails, glue, and some new hardware—you can have a completely new, modern piece of furniture.
2. Cover an ugly coffee table with a sew-easy cover
I found a small, square end table at a garage sale that I had originally intended to refinish, but with some deep scratches, coffee cup rings, and few other unidentifiable defects, it’s gonna take a bit more work than I thought. So, in the meantime, I sewed this super-cute, super-easy cover in an ocean-blue chevron pattern.
3. Create a collage of vintage picture frames
In interior design, not everything has to match in color and style, but sometimes it’s cool if they do. I’ve collected vintage-inspired picture frames from flea markets and garage sales over the past year. I painted them all the same color—Caribbean Blue—and I plan to hang them in a collection in the stairwell to showcase photos of our long-lost loved ones. If you can’t find frames at flea markets, you can make your own ornate, vintage-inspired frames from crown moulding.
4. Spruce up a wall with lighted summer photos
Summertime produces some amazing atmospheric wonders in clouds, sunsets, and sunrises, making it ripe for photographing. Considering that one of the best ways I know to give new life to a room is to add artwork, I plan to use the images I’ve taken this summer to spruce up a wall. Using some prefinished moulding, I’m going to create a frame around a wall sconce that will create a dramatic effect for my photos.
5. Accent a boring wall with reclaimed wood-inspired planks
When we think of accent walls, most of probably think of a bright splash of wall color or decorative wall paper to highlight a specific wall. But I am thinking outside of the can and the roll and going with some accent planks that have the look of reclaimed wood, but without the splinters and nails. I have a boring wall in the family room that I’m going to install Inteplast’s new Accent Planks to create a featured focal point. This product is removable so if I mess up, I can easily remove it and reposition it.
OK, this is half of the DIY projects I’m spending the rest of my summer on. Check back next week where I’ll post the other 5 projects. Let me know how you’re DIYing this summer. Don’t forget to visit our Pinterest page for more design projects and inspiration. Until next time!