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3 Non-Basic Upgrades Your Apartment Needs

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    While we'd never call ourselves "procrastinators" per se, our to-do lists occasionally have this weird way of piling up — even when they’re stacked with things we genuinely want to accomplish. Ex-roommates who we love, but now live more than two subway stops away from, go unvisited. Submitting big ideas to our bosses takes a backseat to everyday tasks. And the luxe upgrades we plan to give our apartments remain tucked away in the confines of our minds.

    In the spirit of actually getting the fun stuff done — and with style, no less — we've put together three home DIYs, none of which are the same old stuff you've seen repeatedly on Pinterest. Between the quirky vibes and the utter lack of semi-pro skills required, we're seriously excited to get started. Grab a paintbrush, feathers, fringe, and a bottle of Chambord (we told you this wouldn't be your run-of-the-mill crafternoon!), and prepare to toast to your fabulous new statement pieces within the hour. Let's do this!



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    Build A Bar Dipped In Gold
    No matter how lacking in square footage your home may be, setting up a personal bar area is an attainable little luxury. It requires not much more than a side table, a few stools, and a splash of gold paint.

    What you'll need:
    - A barstool
    - Painter's tape
    - A paintbrush
    - Metallic gold interior paint
    - A medium-sized bowl
    - A bottle of Chambord

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    Step 1: Section off a corner of your apartment and consider laying down newspaper to protect against rogue splashes of paint. (We love gold-flecked floors, but your landlord might not.)

    Step 2: Give the barstool a quick wipe down with a dry paper towel and carefully apply painter's tape straight across its rungs, going slow and steady to get a nice, clean line. Add another band of painter's tape directly beneath the stool's seat to catch any drippage.

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    Step 3: Paint your desired accent areas (we chose the bottom of the legs and the seat) and let the stool sit until completely dry to the touch. Add a second coat of paint as needed. Once dry, gently peel away the tape.

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    Step 4: Fill a bowl with extra gold paint and dip a bottle of Chambord in it for a shiny, matching accent that doubles as a vase or swizzle-stick holder. Happy hour never looked so gilded.

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    Jazz Up Your Couch With Fringed Pillows
    Living-room makeovers can feel daunting, mainly due to the potential heavy lifting. The truth is, though, it's the details that make the difference. Just add some festive fringe in a contrasting shade to your existing throw pillows and watch your space transform like magic — no muscle flexing required.

    What you'll need:
    - A detachable pillowcase
    - A tape measure
    - Fringe trim
    - A box of straight pins
    - A needle and thread
    - Scissors

    Jonathan Saunders Herringbone Rug, courtesy of The Rug Company.