Salon Design

DIY Salon Projects: Do Try This at Home.

Why settle for the same salon decor as everyone else? These DIY projects were accomplished by salon owners just like you. Pick a design makeover at your experience level, then enjoy —and show off — your one-of-a-kind item.  


Decoupage a Storage Cabinet

Accomplished by: Katie Samuelson, Total Sassy Faction Salon, Omaha, Neb.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Must-have Tools and Materials: scrapbook paper, fine-grit sandpaper, brush, Modge Podge, polycrylic sealant


1. Sand the cabinet where you want the scrapbook paper to go. Use a damp cloth to get the dust off. Measure the paper to fit where you want it.

2. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to the cabinet, everywhere the paper will go.

3. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to the back side of the paper. (Think of it kind of like wallpapering.) Place the paper onto the cabinet. Press out all the bubbles and smooth as you go.

4. Brush another layer of Modge Podge on the cabinet to seal it. Repeat until finished. Let it dry for a day.

5. Apply a thin layer of polycrylic sealant. Let dry.


> A credit card works well to smooth the paper onto the cabinet.

> Keep the paper next to the cabinet so you can work quickly.



Upcycle a Secondhand Find Into a Reception Desk

Accomplished by: Kylie Yarnton, Our Beauty Boutique, Strathalbyn, South Australia

Difficulty Level: Hard

Must-have Tools and Materials: sandpaper, paint, wood slats, saw, drill


1. Sand the desk to give it a shabby well-worn look.

2. To create a hutch, use a jigsaw to cut wood slats to size. (Yarnton used old bed slats.) Measure and mark where you want the hutch to sit on the desk. Glue the hutch together, then screw it onto the desk with a drill. If needed, brace with an offcut.

3. Paint the desk with the hutch in a creamy antique-inspired shade.


> If you make a mistake, just paint over it and start again.

> Scour secondhand sources like garage sales for used furniture that has potential.


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