Take Basic Household Items From Boring to Brilliant

Chances are you have one of these dime-a-dozen basics that’s ripe for a redo. The experts at HGTV Magazine show you how to pretty them up.

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Pop Some Color Onto Coat Rack Hooks

Unscrew the hooks, and paint the base with latex paint. Place each wooden ball on the end of a pencil, paint it, and let dry upright. Screw on hooks, and attach the balls to the ends using super glue. Paint: (coatrack) Pure White by HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams; (balls, clockwise from top left) Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint in indigo, amaranth, pond, habanero, chamomile, marmalade, blue calico, geranium, beach glass and poodle skirt, $1.50 for 2 ounces, Michaels stores; Wooden balls: Woodworks Ltd. 1" ball, $6 for 50, and 1 1/2" ball, $4 for 10, both craftparts.com

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