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Fun Decorating

Turn castoffs into pretty pieces you'll love and actually use. Here are the simple how-tos.

Photos by Marko Metzinger

Dress up a dated dresser

1. Unscrew the old hardware and patch the holes with wood filler. Remove the drawers.

2. Paint the frame, and prime the drawer fronts and side edges. Let dry.

3. Stand the drawers next to one another faceup so they're touching. Cut enough wallpaper to cover all the drawer fronts, and adhere it with wallpaper paste. Let dry.

4. Use a crafts knife to slice through the paper, separating the drawers. Trim around the edges.

5. Drill holes in the drawer fronts for the new knobs, and screw them in.

Wee Gallery Large Painted Black Dots on White wallpaper, $60 for a single roll, spoonflower.com

1⅛"-diameter brass cabinet knobs in satin finish, $16 each, lahardware.com

Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams

A cool diamond-print shade gives the base a modern look.

Revive an old lamp

1. Remove the finial, then tape off the harp, the bulb socket, and the cord with painter's tape. Spray-paint the base and a new finial. Let dry, then remove the tape.

2. Add a new shade, and attach the finial.

For a similar look, try Hooray Creative Diamonds in the Rough lampshade in coral, from $45, minted.com

Banner Red by Krylon

turn street signs into nesting tables

1. Trace the signs (we found ours on Etsy and eBay) onto a ¾-inch-thick piece of MDF. Have a hardware store cut them out for you. Sand each MDF panel's edges.

2. Prime the panels' edges, and brush a little primer on their tops and bottoms. Let dry.

3. Lay the panels facedown, and, using a pencil, draw a line along the shorter ends of each panel where the table legs should go. The lines should be about 1 inch from each panel's edges.

4. Attach the legs to the underside of each panel using construction adhesive, such as Liquid Nails, and #10 x 5/8-inch screws.

5. Adhere a sign to the top of each panel with construction adhesive. Let dry.

Custom flat steel bench and table legs in yellow, from $40 each, reclaimedwoodusa.etsy.com

Reimagine a globe as a pendant light

1. Remove the globe from its stand. Using a crafts knife, cut around the equator to separate the two halves of the globe, then carefully pry them apart.

2. Using the socket of a cord kit as a guide, trace a circle the same size as the bottom of the socket at the top of one half of the globe. Use a crafts knife to cut out the circle.

3. Use a foam brush to paint the inside of the globe half with off-white crafts paint. Let dry.

4. Place the socket through the hole, and attach following the package instructions.

Pendant Light Grounded Plug cord set in lime green, $30, colorcord.com

make old luggage pretty storage

1. Tape off the suitcases' hardware and trim.

2. Paint the entirety of each suitcase with one coat of primer. Let dry.

3. Remove the tape. Paint the handles and trim as desired. Let dry.

4. Cut separate pieces of fabric (a bit larger than the area you want to cover) for the tops, bottoms, and sides of the suitcases.

5. On each suitcase, adhere the fabric using decoupage medium and a foam brush, working one section at a time. Cut out a slit over each piece of hardware so it can pop through. Smooth out the fabric, and brush a coat of decoupage medium over the top. Let dry. Using a crafts knife, cut away the excess fabric around the hardware and trim.

(from top) Bamboo Maze by Paloma Contreras, and Checked Out by Sarah and Ruby Design, both $32 per yard, minted.com ; for a similar floral style, try minted.com

Wedding Cake and Beetle Black by Martha Stewart Crafts

Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage medium in gloss finish, $10 for 8 ounces, michaels.com

Lime green paint peps up a traditional frame.

brighten a blah chair

1. Bring the chair to a professional upholsterer. To save a little money, you can rip off the old fabric and paint the frame yourself. We used a high-gloss latex paint.

2. Our upholster plumped up the seat, then covered the chair in linen and added a double-welt trim.

Pindler Ghent linen fabric in turquoise, $61.50 per yard, decoratorsbest.com

Snow Cone Green by Benjamin Moore