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31 Gorgeous Furniture Upgrades For Your Grown Up Apartment

Fancy up your apartment for cheap.

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4. Fix up a kid's table with wrapping paper and durable paint:

If you're wanting to go even cheaper, you could skip the metallic seats on the chairs and paint them to match the rest of the wood (and use less expensive wrapping paper). Get the tutorial here.

6. Then tuft the cushions:

Get the instructions here. The blogger sells buttons that match the Ikea sofa she owns, but you can also pick out fabric covered buttons that work for your own furniture (or grab an inexpensive kit and fabric to make your own).


13. Frame your bathroom mirror with baseboard trim:

The tutorial includes instructions for cutting the trim yourself, but you can also take careful measurements and ask your hardware store to cut it for you. See how to make it happen here.

16. Screw brass casters to the bottom of a cheap shelf for an instant bar cart slash portable bookcase:

The big brass drawer pulls that serve as the handles of this cart are a little pricey, but you can skip those if you prefer. Learn how to make this happen here.


25. Or upgrade a headboard you already have with Stikwood:

You could also apply the peel-and-stick wood strips to a sheet of MDF board, or (if you're not renting your place), directly to your wall. Get the tutorial here.

28. Mask off the top half of an old step stool and paint it white:

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You can also stain the other half, if you like. See how she did it (plus several other Ikea hacks) here.

30. Swap out the default knobs and screw on a few flat corner braces for a brand-new dresser:

You can also paint it, of course. (This is a recurring theme in furniture makeovers for very obvious reasons). Get the how-to here.


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