The Easiest Makeover
A new paint job is one of the simplest, most inexpensive ways to makeover your home. And spring's open-window weather is a great time to dive in. The fresh air keeps you breathing easy, and the warming temperatures will help the paint dry.
The subtle stripes in this dining room resemble costly wallpaper, but the designer made them with paint.
First she gave the room one coat of a creamy off-white matte paint. After letting the paint dry, she marked off vertical stripes at 18-inch intervals with painter's tape, then used a clear glaze on alternate stripes. The result is understated and elegant.
DESIGN: Laura Smith Blair, San Francisco