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(See also: Paint Me Frugal) Just painting the desk white gave my living room a new lightness and freshness that was balm to my tired soul.

It inspired me to move a few accessories around to create a cute vignette of photo frames and vases on top of the hutch, making that corner of the room cheerier and prettier.

The easiest thing to do is to apply a thin coat of water-based polyacrylic using a soft bristle brush or a foam brush.

You may want to try the polycrylic out on a small, hidden part of your furniture first to make sure it doesn’t yellow as it dries. For a nice shiny finish, sand the piece lightly with fine-grit sandpaper before applying a second coat of polycrylic. Painting your old furniture is easy and cheap, and if I can do it, anyone can!

Unfortunately, our rental apartment also has an abundance of honey-oak stained cabinets and bathroom vanities.

It is just a little too much honey oak for my taste.

Let the primer dry according to the instructions on the can.

Let the first coat sit for a few hours until dry to the touch. Two coats may be all you need; I’ll let you decide if you need a third coat.

If it is made of solid wood, you may want to think twice before covering up that lovely wood with a coat of paint, which is truly a pain to strip off if you change your mind.

Our hutch was made of particle-board with a veneer, but was sturdy enough to last another few years, making it a good choice for painting.

If you frugal shoppers are anything like me, you probably have a pile of hand-me-down furniture from your parents, siblings, in-laws, or college roommates.

Few of us can afford to buy an entirely new set of living room furniture all at once, and so we hold on to those old pieces, getting by until we have the cash to buy a new desk or get that coveted coffee table.

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