How To Update With Paint

Not only do I style fashion, but I’ve styled home decor clients like One Kings Lane, Gilt Groupe, Plow & Hearth and Target. That means my personal home styling is as important to me as my own wardrobe.bookcase_paint_navyBookcase paint: Benjamin Moore in Midnight Navy

Since recently purchasing my first home in Brooklyn, I’ve been on a tight budget. That means I’ve had to get crafty with how I’ve been decorating. It’s kind of like how if I was creating a set of a room for a photoshoot and I wanted to tie it together cheaply and quickly, I would add a painted wall or backdrop. It’s amazing what a difference a little paint makes.

This alcove in my new place was screaming for something to be built in it. After a contractor suggested to go to Ikea for shelves that he could install for us, my husband and I decided to head over to Build It Green to get some eco-friendly and affordable materials—and to do it ourselves.

We loved the look of bowling alley flooring and wanted to have it stand out as shelving, while making it appear like it’s floating sans ugly brackets. The solution: Painting the alcove and the supporting wood blocks a rich navy color.

Now it’s become quite the focal point when I give a tour of my new apartment.


Mirror paint: Golden acrylic paint in Silver

I also don’t have the budget for new decor, so as you saw in this post, I’ve been trying to salvage the antiques that I didn’t totally love for my new place. This dark mirror frame looked out of place in my airy apartment, so a rough coat of silver paint made it like new.

Stay tuned for more of my home styling adventures on a budget!

1 thought on “How To Update With Paint”

  1. Love love love that blue paint! I’m a little bummed that a) you didn’t give a close up shot of the shelf/paint color combo bc it’s a real bowling alley, hello!, and b) you didn’t show the photograph of your lovely grandfather which just adds that much more character 😛

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