Nifty·Posted on Aug 10, 201421 Weird Home Decorating Tricks That Might Actually Work#FirstApartmentby Natalie BrownBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Pot problems? Use a towel rod on the end of your counter. improvisedlife.com Works especially well if you don't want to hang the pots above your head. From here. (Collection of perfectly tarnished cookware optional. This works just as well for your cheapo pots and pans). 2. Also works for coffee mugs. afarmhousereborn.com This blogger used Ikea Fintorp rails. 3. Use a drum for a bedside table. apartmenttherapy.com 4. Or an ironing board (preferably a stylish vintage one). apartmenttherapy.com More weird bedside table ideas here. 5. DIY your own table out of fencing and a scrap piece of wood. littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com Get the directions here. 6. Even easier: Find, flip, and paint a wire trashcan for a stylish side table. houseofturquoise.com From here. 7. Turn an electrical spool into a toadstool. thelovelycupboard.com This blogger has directions. (Here's how to find those spools.) 8. Or get fancy and upholster one. theshabbycreekcottage.com Directions here. 9. Display your beer on a stained, mounted pallet. diyshowoff.com Here's the how-to. IMHO, you should fill the shelf with full bottles, though. 10. Other things to hang on the wall: a wine bottle rack repurposed as a towel rack. cagefreemonkeys.blogspot.com Here's one example. 11. Hang Mason jar lids on the underside of your cabinets for decorative storage. hgtv.com Directions here. 12. Paint your ugly thrift store lamps. cuckoo4design.blogspot.com This blogger's are stand outs. 13. Pretend your rubber door mat is antiqued iron. salvagedior.com Put on a coat of paint, then sandpaper it for a bit. From here. 14. Turn drapes into a no-sew bed skirt. bromeliadliving.com See how to do it here. 15. Or sheets into no-sew curtains. thespacebetweenblog.net Directions here. 16. Get some imitation stainless film and recover your appliances. houselogic.com Only for the brave. Get inspired here. 17. Hang your Roman shades slightly above your window trim... View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It (might) make your windows look bigger. 18. DRAW ON YOUR FURNITURE. realsimple.com Customize your cheap sofa with a sharpie and your dreams. Or just stick to pillow covers, which are less permanent. From here. 19. Hate your mismatched furniture? Paint it all with the same housepaint. vintagecharmrestored.com This is particularly a problem for those of us who have found most of our furniture on the side of the road. From here. 20. You can also paint your countertops. generalsplendour.blogspot.com Here's a tutorial. 21. ...or, you know, your upholstered furniture. freshideastudio.com Only if you don't care that you run the risk of ruin. Directions here. Want awesome DIY tips in your inbox four times a week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed DIY newsletter!