This early 1900s American bow front dresser was bought for $125, then updated with two coats of a sprayed white lacquer finish. That not only modernized the dated piece but also helped the bronze hardware stand out. The key to getting a great finish on an old piece is using a sprayer instead of brushes or rollers. Most home improvement stores rent HVLP (high-volume low-pressure) sprayers at a daily rate between $75 and $100. What sets HVLP sprayers apart from others is a fine mist tip, the key to achieving a professional look.
One of the most expensive aspects of bathroom design is plumbing. To avoid hefty plumber fees in this bathroom makeover, the existing sink and bathtub were kept in their original places, then refaced in a high-gloss shade of fire-engine red. The original faucet was replaced with a simple, classic chrome fixture.
A mosaic glass tile wall treatment is the perfect backdrop for a pair of floating shelves. Using a subtle color palette of powder blues, natural greens and warm creams creates a tranquil vibe in this contemporary kitchen.
Red-orange, high-gloss panels form an accent wall that turns this contemporary stairway into a focal point. Wood stairs and metal rails are clean and modern, and the wall panels, attached by magnets, conceal built-in storage. The staircase connects the 15th-floor pre-war apartment to a penthouse above.
A rich brown vanity in a high-gloss finish makes a bold statement in this contemporary bathroom. The bathroom's walls, floors and glass-enclosed shower feature softer neutral hues, allowing the striking vanity to take center stage.
In this kitchen, a wall of cabinets conceals customized storage pull-outs, a refrigerator, a warming drawer, a wet bar and an oven. When closed, the high-gloss doors lend a sleek, contemporary look to the space.
This chic entryway features a brown wood staircase with a high-gloss finish, giving it a sleek, contemporary look. Metallic accents, like the black railing and exposed air ducts along the ceiling add an industrial feel to the space.
A nook within a wall of cabinets is lined with reflective turquoise glass. Yellow and green glassware displayed in the nook adds a striking contrast of color. The white chair, carpet and white sheers match the high-gloss cabinets while the bold red curtains and zebra-striped rug lend more pattern and color to the space.
A fire engine red accent wall with a high-gloss, lacquered finish invigorates this contemporary dining room. Smaller splashes of color in the accent table and dining chairs add variation to the space's bold, vivid color palette.
High-gloss cabinetry, LED lighting and a neutral color palette create a sleek, contemporary look in this kitchen. Book-matched slabs of exotic granite were used to create a seamless-looking waterfall top on the main island. The veneered, bowed floating hood was carefully engineered with a steel support structure.
The rich brown cabinets in this contemporary kitchen are finished in a sleek, high-gloss lacquer, lending boldness and sophistication to the space. The dark cabinets provide striking contrast against the kitchen's light wood floors, neutral walls and crisp white ceiling.
A smoky gray ceiling and charcoal gray walls with a high-gloss finish create a dramatic, luxurious atmosphere in this dining room. A rough-hewn wood dining table offsets the sleekness of the walls with a punch of rusticity, and a whimsical white chandelier adds a touch of prettiness overhead.
A blue leather panel provides a luxurious backdrop for the bed in this contemporary bedroom. The bed's high-gloss finish also adds to the luxurious atmosphere, while warm brown bedding and a soft blue area rug ensure the space still feels comfortable and relaxing.