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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
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.
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.
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.
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
Jonathan Saunders Herringbone Rug, courtesy of The Rug Company.