DIY on the Cheap: Simplify & Paint Black

Architecture & Interiors

Got a piece of furniture you don’t LOVE? Or an accessory that is almost right but just not quite right? Before you donate it to your local thrift store or try to sell it on Craiglist, why not enact a super simple, potentially Scandinavian-inspired, cheap and easy-to-do makeover? Simplify and paint it black.

What do we mean? By simplify, we encourage you to take away any ornament that you may not like — that might mean removing drawers, doors or door pulls and handles. It might mean sanding off elements that add unneeded detail. Simplify. Then, paint it black. We advocate for a sleek matte black, but a glossy black could work in the right space. If you have black in your space already, it’ll seamlessly fit right in. If not, it’ll be quite the statement piece.

What do you think about this advice?

Image and idea spark: Viktor Donovan blog.


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  1. Classically Modern

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Simple idea and well worth doing before getting rid of anything. Looks fantastic with the white.

  2. Houston Carpenter

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Briliiant! Thanks for the awesome tip! It’s amazing how a little effort coupled with the right idea can revamp the looks of your interior. Any advice which paint works with most materials?

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