Talk Takeaway: Design with Kyle Schuneman

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 10:45am

Kyle Schuneman offers simple tips on how to revamp our home.  

Cover dresser with decorative paper.

Papered dresser:  If you have an old dresser and it's structurally in good shape, revamp it!  Use decorative paper as a great way to make it look new again. It personalizes the space and makes a unique statement. This is a perfect example of how you can revamp anything to make it pop and interesting. Here we're using decorative plaid paper. First, you want to pull out the dressers and remove all knobs and hardware and give the fronts a good cleaning. Measure the face of each drawer then cut the pieces of the paper to fit, leaving a two inch border of paper around the actual measurement of the drawer and give them on.

Apply chalkboard paint to tabletops.

Chalkboard table:  I suggest using chalkboard paint on your dining table.  You can sketch out a seating plan for dinner parties, play a game of beer bong, or simply let friends write messages.  Chalkboard paint has become a huge trend over the last couple of years. This can work with almost any surface; all you need is chalkboard paint and a brush.  Slowly paint the chalkboard paint on a dining table and let it dry for a few hours.  It's something interesting that can create conversation and it's great for family and kids. I feel like it's a fantastic way to inspire imagination and creativity.

Select bold wall patterns.

Chevron Wall:  The "Chevron Wall" is a great design for an accent wall or feature wall, especially if you want to make a statement in a room but don't have time for a really intricate element. It's an easy "do-it yourself" project.  With the chevron design, you can personalize your space by making thinner or bigger stripes. I personally like the thicker stripes.  Measure the width and height of your wall and using scrap paper figure out how to divide the wall. For instance, if you're going to only use three stripes, divide your wall into 6 parts.  The chevron style is shaped like a "V." So align your tape in that design. If you're going for a thicker style, you want each stripe to be 20 inches wide. Apply at least two coats of paint to the appropriate sections and let it dry for 20 minutes. Remove your tape and clean up any accidental drips. Continue to let the paint dry for two hours before touching.

Use wall stencils for a dramatic effect.

Stencil Wall:  With a stencil wall, you can create a dramatic effect in any room. Technically, you only need one stencil sheet, but the more you have, the less time you will spend taping and checking that everything is level and correct. Tape your stencil sheet, to the top corner of the wall and use the ceiling as a guide so that your patterns are level. Paint the area covered by your stencil sheet. It's easy for paint to drip underneath your stencil, so make sure your roller has little paint over it. Work your way across the wall. Make sure to double check that each top stencil is level and matches up along the way.

Add a headboard wall decal.

Headboard decal: A lot of furniture pieces are BIG and BULKY and they take too much space.  If you're working with a tiny space, you can still give your room a headboard with a wall decal. Using a headboard decal is less expensive than buying a real headboard at your furniture store.  First, unroll the bottom half of your decal on the floor. Carefully line up the corner of your decal with the floorboard. You're staging the placement of the headboard, so you need to be sure you take your time and line it up exactly where you want it. It's best to get some help. So ask a friend to hold up the other end of your decal. Start pulling off the backing while sticking the clear portion directly to the wall. Be sure to keep it as straight as possible, until the backing is removed and the bottom portion is dully stuck on the wall. To do the other side, you want to repeat the first two steps with the top half of your decal, only this time, line up the top decal with the bottom portion already on the wall. Once these steps are done, use a plastic card or squeegee to air out any bubbles created along the way. Once you're done, you get a finished look to your bed.

Create quirky accessories.

Yarn Frames: Accessories should be "jewels" in your home, choice quirky accessories to change things up. Yarn frames are a way to make your home versatile. I did this for a New York City art lover who couldn't afford expensive art pieces. You can get empty frames that aren't in the best shape, and create something that is textual and interesting. All you need is an assortment of frames in varying sizes, yarn in your color of choice, staples and a staple gun. The best thing about doing this is that you can watch a movie, drink wine and get cozy. They are super easy, stylish and cute.  It only takes about 30 minutes to complete an 8 by 8 inch frame. Step one is to grab a frame, staple the loose end of your yarn to the top left corner on the backside of your frame and loop the yarn around the frame twice, pulling it tight. Staple the yarn against the backside of the frame again, this ensures your yarn is secure and won't start unraveling. Step two is to start wrapping! Working in a clockwise motion, loop the yarn a dozen or so times and then scrunch it down toward the already wrapped end to make the effect more substantial. Do an extra layer around the corners, where yarn tends to slip. Once you've made it all the way around, staple the backside of the frame twice. Staple every three inches along the backside of your frame, this will keep your yarn wrap in place no matter how many years it hangs on the wall.

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