Photography by Ryan Brook Image by: Photography by Ryan Brook
1. Add trim
Nothing elevates flat-pack furniture like fancy moulding. Flanked by prefab crown moulding corners, a strip of decorative trim provides an elegant architectural flourish.
Alexandria Moulding primed pine outside crown corners, $12 each.
Oak ogee/crown, $4 (per eight feet), homedepot.ca.
Cloud White OC-130 paint (on trim), benjaminmoore.ca.
2. Paper the rear panel
Here’s a worthy fate for those wallpaper remnants you’ve been hanging on to. Use double-sided tape to attach the wallpaper to the bookcase’s fibreboard panel, and reinforce each edge with clear packing tape to prevent tears when sliding the panel into place.
Graham & Brown Monsoon Collection Isabelle wallpaper in Blue, $60 per roll, homedepot.ca.
You don’t need to be an electrician to install these under-shelf puck lights, which plug into any conventional wall socket. What’s more, they’re a low-heat-emitting LED design, which is safer than conventional bulbs in an enclosed space.
Inreda LED spotlights, $50 (pack of four).
Ansluta power supply cord, $8; ikea.ca.
4. Display your DIY
A craft station should do more than house your DIY supplies; it should also serve as a showcase for a few of your favourite one-of-a-kind creations. This framed ombré art is actually a grid of leftover paint chips, arranged in a gorgeous gradation of colour and pasted onto a panel of watercolour paper.
Virserum frame, $13, ikea.ca.
5. Get crafty with storage
Here, a paper towel holder is repurposed as a dispenser for ribbon and twine, and gold-spray-painted canning jars serve as catchalls for everything from glue gun sticks to paintbrushes. Keep less attractive tools out of sight in labelled, lidded boxes.
Umbra Teardrop paper towel holder, $20, kitchenstuffplus.com.
Kassett Dark Pink magazine files, $6 (pack of two).
Lidded storage boxes, $5 (pack of two small),$9 (pack of two large); ikea.ca.
Love the bookcase? Then try making over your vanity table.
|This story was originally titled "Upmarket Makeover" in the February 2014 issue.
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