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Old 11-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
 
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So, I have been in this same apartment for about 4 years and have resided to the fact that I'll be here for probably another 3 at minimum. I'm sick of these walls and this horrible wallpaper that the owner put in the kitchen (TEXTURED fruit and flower baskets y'all) I am a student so severely on a budget, but I can't take it any longer!

I'm devoting December to doing some easy updates (painting, re-organizing etc.) and so far have two questions:
1. Can I spray paint old furniture namely this:
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2.How do you think this DIY "canopy" was done?
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Gimme your best DIY projects that made a difference for you, and best space saving ideas
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
 
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You can paint old furniture but how you do it depends on what it's made of and what the finish is like. Is that wood or laminate? Shiny or matte? I've never been one for spray painting but I've done painting projects like that with a brush.

Ikea has all kinds of canopies for super cheap. It's probably cheaper than trying to buy a bunch of parts of it different places to do it yourself.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
 
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A friend did a similar canopy and hung curtain rods from the roof. Super cheap & easy and turned out great!
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Yep, ikea has a project to do that canopy with a curtain and a couple rods.
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Yea I got the picture from Ike's but there was nothing stating how it was done that I could see
The dresser is cheapo laminate - I figured there was no saving it, but worth a shot.

I'm gonna get new ones I think, Ikea has a few under $100 that are nice enough
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Are you positive it's something that should be painted? Some DIY sites are full of photos of people ruining very nice furniture.
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Even something like new fancy or decorative knobs and a dresser scarf or a runner can make a big difference. I'd try those before painting.
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Are you positive it's something that should be painted? Some DIY sites are full of photos of people ruining very nice furniture.
Yea that colour is killing me. I've heard of people wallpapering furniture before. Hmmm
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They have a project website, I'm sure it's up there somewhere. I wish I knew where I put the picture of the directions when I saw them at the store, I'd just post them.
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If you do decide to paint here's a good bit of advice...

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Yea I got the picture from Ike's but there was nothing stating how it was done that I could see
The dresser is cheapo laminate - I figured there was no saving it, but worth a shot.

I'm gonna get new ones I think, Ikea has a few under $100 that are nice enough
You can paint laminate. You just need to get the right kind of primer. It also helps to rough up the surface with sandpaper before starting.

I painted some cheap Ikea shelves that came with our house. It was either take them down, patch the holes in the wall, and repaint the wall or try painting the shelves. They turned out fine.
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I made over a dresser this Summer and there were some tears because I really wanted it to become what I had originally envisioned. Fortunately it did, but the whole process was stressful.

Now my old dresser is just waiting to be made over for the heck of it (not going to use it myself), and it does have a ton of potential. I think it will be a lot of fun, because I'm willing to be flexible as I go along.

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high adhesion primer (Zinnser) will make laminate take any paint colour your heart desires!

as Mrs. P said, sand the item first to rough up the surface and paint away.

i made a canopy like that using curtain rods in my first bachelorette pad in Toronto!
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high adhesion primer (Zinnser) will make laminate take any paint colour your heart desires!

as Mrs. P said, sand the item first to rough up the surface and paint away.

i made a canopy like that using curtain rods in my first bachelorette pad in Toronto!
I'm shaking with delight over the thought of painting the laminate LOL

OK, here is my question about the curtain rods idea then. I'm confused about how both sets of curtains can hang from the same rod at the head of the bed. Or would I just have to hang two rods next to each other..?
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Oh.My.Lord I have discovered Pintrest.
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I'm confused about how both sets of curtains can hang from the same rod at the head of the bed. Or would I just have to hang two rods next to each other..?
hang one curtain rod above the head of the bed, hang a second rod above the foot of the bed, take a LOOOONNNGGGG length of fabric and drape it between the two and down the back to make a fabric headboard. when i had mine, i draped it to the floor in front, too.

you want the curtain rod to be the same width as the bed, so 60 inch rods for a queen bed, and use 60 inch wide fabric - voile is inexpensive and i use it to make curtains all the time.
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I'm confused about how both sets of curtains can hang from the same rod at the head of the bed. Or would I just have to hang two rods next to each other..?
hang one curtain rod above the head of the bed, hang a second rod above the foot of the bed, take a LOOOONNNGGGG length of fabric and drape it between the two and down the back to make a fabric headboard. when i had mine, i draped it to the floor in front, too.

you want the curtain rod to be the same width as the bed, so 60 inch rods for a queen bed, and use 60 inch wide fabric - voile is inexpensive and i use it to make curtains all the time.
Ahhhh, the one I found the girl did it with curtains. I'm going to have to play with it and give it a try.
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the Ikea one is draped fabric - so much faster than attaching curtains!

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