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.  

Create a 3-Piece Hanging Divider Panel

Accomplished by: Anne Clarizio, Head to Toes Salon, Conway, Ark.

Difficulty Level: Medium

Must-have Tools and Materials: plexiglass, glue (like Elmer’s Glue-All), paint brush, tissue paper (various colors), S-hooks, hardware to attach to ceiling, screwdriver, drill


1. Drill holes in the top and bottom corners of three 36” x 30” sheets of plexiglass, making sure each hole is big enough for an S-hook to fit through.

2. Remove the plexiglass’s plastic films and wipe clean.

3. Mix glue and water together in a container with ratio of one part water to two parts glue.

4. Cut the tissue paper into various sizes of squares and rectangles.

5. Use a 3” bristle paint brush to apply a layer of the glue mixture to one side of each glass sheet, then lay the tissue paper onto the panel while the glue is wet.

6. Let the paper layer dry, then apply another layer of glue, followed by another layer of paper. Repeat these steps until you achieve the look you want.

7. Apply two layers of glue to seal. Let dry.

8. Clear the S-hook holes of the glue and paper, then put an S-hook in each. Hang the first sheet of glass from the ceiling using the hardware you selected. Connect the second sheet of glass to the first via S-hooks, then connect the third to the second via S-hooks.


>Have on hand more tissue paper than you think you’ll need (at least three packages). Clarizio ran out mid-project and found her glue had dried by the time she returned.

>Plexiglass can crack when you drill into it, so make the holes first before you put in the effort to apply the paper.

>The hardware for attaching it to the drop ceiling came from a local electrical supply store. Clarizio took the advice of the store employee about what kind to buy.

>The paper will turn transparent when wet, so make sure you have enough applied to get the desired look.

>You can let some paper wrinkle for a fun texture.

>Don’t skimp on the glue or the paper may peel off the panel.



Construct a Non-Weight-Bearing Wall

Accomplished by: Lisa Harcrow, Bombshell, Texarkana, Texas

Difficulty Level: Hard

Must-have Tools and Materials: 2x4 lumber, drywall, drywall mud, drywall tape, level, sandpaper, texture brush, hammer shot gun


1. Build the frame for the wall. Use framing nails to connect 2x4 lumber into the bottom, sides, top, and supports for the wall. Attach the frame to the floor with a hammer shot gun.

2. Measure and attach drywall.

3. Apply drywall tape and drywall mud to the seams. Let dry overnight.

4. Sand the seams smooth.

5. Use drywall mud and a texture tool to add texture onto the walls. Let dry overnight.

6. Sand down any high peaks in texture. Remove all dust, prime, and paint.


> Have someone with construction experience help. If your measurements are off even slightly, it will cause problems down the line.

> If there’s a nonprofit Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your area, you can purchase many of the materials there while simultaneously helping the community.





Refurbish a Vanity Into a Nail Table

Accomplished by: Maya C. Gee, Salon MG, West Jordan, Utah

Difficulty Level: Medium

Must-have Tools and Materials: sandpaper, water-based all-surface primer; wood filler, wood glue, wood furniture appliques, wood trim, interior/exterior acrylic paint (shown in black in semi-gloss and in hot pink in high gloss)


1. Remove all of the drawers and hardware from an old vanity. Wipe down all the surfaces with a cloth and warm soapy water. Follow with a wipe with plain water.

2. Apply carved wood furniture appliques with wood glue to the client’s side of the table. Secure in place with tiny nails. Cover the nails with filler. Sand with sandpaper.

3. Measure and cut decorative wood trim at a 45-degree angle on a table saw and join them at the corners. Apply decorative wood trim to the client’s side of the table. If it’s not a perfect match, fill in with wood filler. Sand and smooth.

4. Use wood filler and a spatula to fill in all cracks, scratches, and holes the vanity may have. Let dry. Sand until smooth.

5. Wipe the table to remove dust. Apply a layer of water-based all-surface primer. Let dry. Apply a second layer of primer. Let dry. 

6. Clean and prime the drawers twice also. Let dry.

7. Paint the table with interior/exterior acrylic paint.

8. Paint the inside of the drawers with a bright color of interior/exterior acrylic paint.

9. Paint the outside of the drawers with the same paint as that used for the table. Let dry.

10. Reattach the hardware.


> A small spongy paint roller works great for this project. A brush can leave marks on the surface.

> Gee found all of the materials at Lowe’s.

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