10 ways to make your home look more polished

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Credit: House Beautiful 

These DIY architectural details will give your home tons of character – for a fraction of the cost.

1. Faux Wainscoting

Emily of Decorchick used a chair rail, wooden frames, caulking, and several coats of white paint to create this judges paneling look-alike.
Get the tutorial at Decorchick

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2. Easy Crown Molding

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No miter cuts necessary. Blogger Amanda of The Penny Parlor anchored pre-made blocks in the corners to join crown molding.
Get the tutorial at The Penny Parlor

3. Fake Ceiling Plate

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Pinterest user Teara Backens Rhode created this decorative ceiling plate by spray painting a plastic cheese tray and cutting a hole in the center.

4. Window Trim

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A gorgeous view deserves an equally beautiful frame. The blogger behind this weekend project spent just $50 on materials.
Get the tutorial at Jenna Sue Design

5. Faux Ceiling Beams

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Fake ceiling rafters are a great way to add country character. Blogger Traci of Beneath My Heart used artificial beams to dress up her bathroom and hide an unsightly pipe.
Get the tutorial at Beneath My Heart.

6. DIY Board and Batten

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Board-and-batten panelling is an easy way to add a dramatic dose of farmhouse charm to an entryway.
Get the tutorial at The Home Depot.

7. Panelled Wall

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Thin hardwood sheets, half-inch-thick MDF panels, and lots of hard work went into this master bedroom accent wall.
Get the tutorial at Jenna Sue Design.

8. DIY Window Valance

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Jamielyn Nye, a blogger in Arizona, made this chic valance using MDF wood and crown molding left over from a kitchen renovation.
Get the tutorial at I Heart Naptime.

9. Custom Cabinets

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Blogger Cristina of Remodelando la Casa gave her kitchen a serious facelift by extending the height of her cabinets to the ceiling.
Get the tutorial at Remodelando la Casa

10. Mirror Update

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John and Sherry of Young House Love framed their plain ‘builders’ mirror without removing it from the wall.
Get the tutorial at Young House Love

Credit: House Beautiful 

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