Interior Design: Game-Changing Glass Décor – Staged to Perfection
No matter which side of the real estate table you sit on, furniture is an important aspect to the home buying and selling property game.
Think about it: when you’re selling your home, sometimes effectively staging your place can be the difference between a quick sale and a long stretch in a saturated market.
But since you are getting ready to sell the property, you want to keep your property investment related to the sale to a minimum.
On the other hand, when you have just purchased your dream home, your décor budget can quickly become absorbed by those steep home-buying expenses. But even though you have less money to work with, your desire for a beautifully decorated home that reflects your personal style has not waned.
Fortunately, there are singular solutions that work for both scenarios (selling or buying) and can help you set the stage in a cost-effective manner no matter your real estate goals. Here’s one such option that incorporates upcycled products and a new piece of custom-cut glass to create an entirely unique focal point.
Perfectly Palatable Pallet Coffee Table
Imagine the buzz created by this coffee table (and no, not the kind induced by caffeine!) for prospective buyers of your home or from guests at your house-warming party post-purchase! Plus, not only do you have a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture but you’ve also got super-functional storage in between the levels of the pallets. Win-win!
To snag this look for yourself, simply gather the appropriate number of pallets to create the height you desire, sand, clean, paint and stack the pallets, and top them off with a custom-cut piece of glass to finish off the project.
When selecting your glass tabletop that will sit directly on the piece of furniture, keep these tips in mind:
- The preferred thickness is ¼” but you can also use ⅜” or ½” as long as the furniture can support the weight.
- In terms of edges, although you can choose a rounded pencil polish edge or an angled beveled edge, the preferred finish in a flat polish edge which has straight sides with slightly buffed edges.
Magic of Mirrors
Not only do mirrors add personal flair to any space but they can also make that space seem physically larger than it actually is. Whether you’re buying or selling, extra space in a property is always welcome!
When you already have a great mirror or you find one at a thrift store or antiques market, sometimes all you need is a fresh coat of spray paint to reap the maximum return on a minimal investment.
Manufacturers like Rust-Oleum offer spray paint products in an assortment of cool new finishes to add modern flair to even the most tired accent pieces. Choose from textured, metallic, high gloss and antiqued finishes, just to name a few. There is also even a clear lacquer option if you just want to enhance a wood’s existing appearance!
Follow these steps to mirror the professionals in your DIY mirror design:
- Begin by covering the entire surface of the mirror with thick paper. You can use craft paper or even newspaper – just be sure to tape down the edges and ensure no areas are exposed.
- In a well-ventilated area, follow the manufacturer’s instructions accompanying your specific spray paint product.
- HINT: If you purchase paint-and-primer-in-one products, you can avoid the sanding step to ensure the paint adheres. This is also helpful if your mirror is aged and originally covered with lead-based paint.
- Spray light coats with even pressure and maintain a consistent distance during spray passes (from 8-12″).
- HINT: Multiple light coats are better than one heavy coat for many reasons. You can control the appearance of the piece by adding paint as necessary (you can’t take paint away if you’ve overdone it unless you start over completely), you can avoid those pesky drips and globs created by spraying too much at one time and you can develop color and depth more easily with layers, just to name a few reasons.
- Allow the mirror to dry fully in between coats and before hanging on the wall.
What mix and match projects with glass and mirrors have you done yourself or commissioned for your home’s décor?
Get in touch and let us know! [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] This is a guest article by Shahab Shokouhi, a glass design expert at Dulles Glass and Mirror, an innovative manufacturer of glass table tops, glass shelves, and all other glass and mirror products.