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8 DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Home

Here at SMP, we believe in splurging. Especially on those timeless, you'll take them from home to home, move them from room to room pieces. But when it comes to giving your space a facelift for the season, DIY is where it's at. And here are 8 totally do-able, totally steal-worthy projects that are worth that trip to home depot. Each that will most definitely brighten your day.

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DIY Winter Terarrium

Confession: up until a few months ago, I thought these were called teraniums. I know. Total blogger fail. Especially because these little globes of lovely are ALL the rage throughout internet land. And lucky for all of us, Pollen Floral Design and Cambria Grace Photography are here today sharing a wee little guide to a wintry version of your very own! Ps -...

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DIY Gold Leafed Coasters

You know you're fancy when your coasters match your party, and with this cute and crafty how-to, it's totally and completely possible. The sweet folks at Hello!Lucky  never fail to impress, but I'm thinking they've outdone themselves this time. Grab all the steps below!   Cardstock Exacto knife Ruler Cutting mat McGill...

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DIY Gold Dot Vase

The frugalista within always gets really excited when we come up with a fabulous party project that can totally be repurposed once your party guests have retired for the evening. This Kate Spade inspired vase is all that and more. Though it undeniably added that je ne sais quoi to our shin-dig, I'd just as easily place it on my dining room table any ol' day of...

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DIY Gilded Modern Art

As soon as I stumbled upon this golden duct tape I knew it was meant for something great. After considering the many options, I opted to use it to make some modern artwork with a gilded effect. Its a pretty simple and chic way to add some new art to your home! My patterns were inspired by these lovely Goods By Grinn pillows. They make a fun...

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Gold Leafed Ikea Desk Hack

Bold statement alert: this is my favourite DIY we've ever featured on SMP Living. That says a lot considering there are a number of them that have completely knocked me off my feet. But I would pay big bucks for this gorgeous gilded number in a high end store. The best part? With just a little elbow grease, you can do the whole thing for virtually nothing! Ah, Ikea hacks - how I love thee.

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DIY Gold Zig Zag Tray

In my humble opinion, one can never have enough trays. I honestly couldn't even count how many I have laying around corralling various objects of all shapes and sizes. They add instant class to any ol' room, especially when they've been decked out in a hint of gold. So, naturally, that's just what we did. And we've got the full how-to just for you! White tray of your choice (we got ours from...

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DIY Art: Calendar Print Gallery Wall

Because art is one of those things that can quickly deplete a budget, when it came to Stephanie's apartment we knew we had to get creative. When we stumbled upon this stunning botanical inspired calendar we felt like we had hit the jackpot. Beautiful floral graphics filled pages that were simply ripe for the picking. And for just a few dollars we were able to outfit Stephanie's office with an entire wall...

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DIY Gold Leafed Art

Ok so before we get to Stephanie's big reveal, we have a few pretty wonderful DIY's we need to share. First up: this awesomely simple gold leafed art, inspired a bit by Lovely Little Details + Song Ink's gorgeous print and a bit by this fun print we saw on Art.com.

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Ten Tips on Painting a Striped Wall

So today we're devouring  our Weddings Editor - Erin's - recent houselift. Code for house facelift. One of the things that Erin tackled when she first moved in that we all fell so hard for, were her striped walls. They instantly made her tiny space feel larger and decidedly oh so chic. So we asked Erin to share a few little tips on wall striping. Fat or skinny, bold or shy, following these little tidbits...

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DIY Gold Dipped X-Bench

Before we get to the most fun bit of Erin's home makeover (the full tour, of course!) we thought we'd share a quick little tutorial on how we spruced up a few X-Benches in Erin's space. Now, there was nothing seriously wrong with them to begin with, but they did lack a little sparkle. And Erin is the kind of girl that seriously sparkles. So luckily, with a quick coat of white paint and a little dipping action...

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DIY Woven Chandelier

So this DIY is awesome. Like really awesome. Like "wow, I think I spotted this chandelier at that fantsy pants boutique the other day" awesome. And while it may look a bit complicated. It's not. I promise. If you can say over-under-over-under, you can totally do this. Totally. Ikea lampshade  Ikea pendant cord 1 coil...

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IKEA Hack: Bedside Table

Yesterday we shared the marble side table that we crafted from a simple $30 find at IKEA. Today, we're moving our craftiness to the bedroom. With another hack, another piece that looks and feels so much more luxe than you would imagine. Especially seeing that the table cost a whopping $8 to start! So let's get to it! Ikea...

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DIY Ikea Side Table Hack

Round these parts, IKEA hacks are kind of like the soon-to-be born royal baby. We can't stop talking about them, obsessing over them, finding joy in what they are going to look like when all is said and done. Okay, terrible reference. I know, it's Monday. But seriously? We are a little nutty over all of the fun that you can have with a good IKEA find. Namely? This $30 Ikea side table that we gussied up with a bit of marble and a splash of gold.

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Welcome Today Show Viewers!

A big warm welcome to some of our new visitors! We're so glad you're here! And for our existing readers, we're tickled pink that we're finally able to let to cat out of the bag: a segment on the Today Show? Well it doesn't get much better than that. The concept: a chic and stylish, eclectic living room filled to the brim with DIY projects and store bought...

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DIY Ikea Bar Cart Hack

As an interior designer myself I, admittedly, have a bit of a love hate relationship with Ikea. I can't stand the idea of cheaply made furniture, but I love the concept of style being readily available on a budget. My biggest Ikea-related pet peeve, however? Walking into a friends home only to find a handful of items I too have on display in my own. Which is exactly why this next DIY has me extra giddy. Because though it's definitely more labour intensive than projects of SMP's past, it results...

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DIY Wood and Gold Lamp

I'm no stranger to DIY projects of all shapes and sizes, but for some reason the idea of tackling a lamp has always felt like a daunting task. I'm thinking it has something to do with the electrical aspect (yep, I'm 27 years of age and still fear electrocuting myself)... But honestly, it's surprisingly easy with just a little know-how. And if you follow our step-by-step guidelines, you too could get...

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DIY Lined Envelopes

Okay so now that we're equipped with our well-stocked stationery bar, it's time to personalize those notes just a touch. Because receiving a letter in the mail is great, but receiving a letter with a fancy DIY'ed lined envelope is just that much better. And, honestly, it's so simple to do  - and the...

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DIY Velvet Jewelry Tray

The organizational nut within me is all sorts of excited about this next project. It's actually made from a wooden silverware tray, so it's really more of an upcycle project than anything else. That means it doesn't require any wood working skills - just a lot of hot glue! It's supremely easy and gives you all sorts of fun little compartments to ensure that your baubles stay in line (because there's nothing...

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DIY Garden Markers

Sometimes, it's the simplest ideas that really stand the test of DIY times. The little ways to add personality and soul to your life without burning your fingers with hot glue or accidentally sewing your finger to your fabric. So when we saw these sweet little Garden Markers that the lovely Mariah at Everything Golden sent our way we fell in love.

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