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A little green semi-gloss paint turns a ragtag crew of (glassless) frames into an artful display.
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Tree stumps, used individually or clustered together, function as low tables in a living room. A coat of enamel paint applied to the tops serves a dual purpose: It adds a jolt of color and creates a smooth, sealed surface.
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This scratched and broken table gets a new life when attached to a wall and painted in a sophisticated hue.
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With two boards, you can turn a shelf into a wine rack.
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Lid-Rack Mail Sorter
A wooden pot-lid rack is ideal for holding mail; all it needs is a fresh coat of paint. For easier viewing, place smaller items, such as letters, bills, and postcards, near the front, and larger catalogs and magazines toward the back.
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In a living room, matching paint and fabric unify two different stools. The taller one started out as a plain black metal frame, most likely the base for a tile- or stone-topped table. With a thin cushion, it becomes soft enough to be a seat and firm enough to hold a coffee cup on a saucer. The smaller of the two, with boldly turned legs, is a William and Mary revival footstool.
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Simple drawer pulls become fancy feet for a plain wooden tray and make it worthy of special occasions.
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High-gloss paint transforms a white-paper shade into a custom look for any room.
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Birch disks, stained in a variety of hues and then treated with a coat of matte polyurethane, can be used as decorative and functional trivets, coasters for drinks, and mini hors d'oeuvre trays.