11 Stylish DIY Projects That Don’t Look Like They Were Done in Kindergarten

Can ‘Do-It-Yourself’ and ‘Stylish Design’ Coexist?

With all due respect to crafty people, most DIY projects represent an admirable amount ofwork but the results fall short of…well…good style. (To be absolutely honest). However, like cream, the best DIY projects rise to the top.  Here are a few of the most beautiful I have come across.

Ombre chair –  Full instructions at Design Sponge

Upholstered headboard in your favorite fabric

Yes you CAN make this yourself. You may want to hire a professional carpenter to cut the wood backing into the shape you desire (these curves are so feminine and stately). Be sure it is high enhough to make a visual impact. For the upholstery…alll you need is foam, batting, the fabric and your staplegun. Find full directions at Design Sponge.

Wall cabinets that look like art

Hop over to www.concealedcabinet.com and shop for the right sized cabinet and the perfect finish. Select your artwork to mount on the front. These are perfect for hallways, bedrooms an bathrooms to hide keys, money, medicine, makeup. Who knew?

See ideas at 4 Men 1 Lady blog

Wallpapered staircase

This is a charming idea and really takes you by surprise, doesn’t it? We just don’t expect to see pattern on the stair risers. Find full directions for this cool project at Style At Home

Living room chair makeover

Use your designer’s eye to find a Craig’s List chair with an interesting shape. Get full instructions at Monica Wants It




You can match fabric and wallpaper

There are many places to shop for matching fabric and wallpaper. One of my favorites is Harlequin

Painted wood floor

Don’t be afraid to paint your wood floor. It’s just wood and it’s just paint. The results can be gorgeous. Tape off straight lines or use a stencil. Full instructions at Apartment Therapy.

Paint something glossy black…like your front door

a floor…

your hall table…

For a  perfectly smoothe gloss surface take the time to sand in between coats. For full instructions go to Fresh Home Ideas

Paint a dresser a bright color

Dress a dresser with a large poster

Select a poster or art print that captures your imagination. Add a coat ofprimer to the dresser. Trim your poster to the size of the drawers making sure the design falls in theright place. Spray the drawer fronts with spray adhesive and attach the art work. Go to BHG for more detailed instructions.

Wainscoting can be made by amateurs like us

There is nothing that says “classic elegance” more than wainscoting. It adds so much architectural style to a traditional space (and is not appropriate for really contemporary style homes). Easy instructions for faux wainscoting at Jenna Sue Design


In process

Painted glass table top

Your design can be as simple or as complicated as you want. This colorful triangular design is a bit complicated and will take some time. All you need is spray paint and clear contact paper for your stencil. Full instructions at Design Sponge.


So my dear Design Junkies….there is much to do, if you are so inclined. A word of caution. Be patient. These lovely projects may take more than an afternoon of your time. Let me knowhow you do!


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