After all the squares were laid and glued down I painted a think layer of the Modge Podge adhesive over top.

I felt like the sides needed a little more embellishment so I had these paisley stencils that I wanted to use to create some depth.

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It all depends on the room, the styling and what other pieces you have in your home! I happen to love eclectic styles and contrasts between light and dark, so a few darker wood pieces work for me in the overall mix of my home’s decor.

I have so much white furniture, blondish wood floors in parts of my house and white woodwork, my house can handle some dark pieces to ground things a bit.

have had quite a few confessions from readers in the past year sharing that while they love photos of white rooms and painted white cabinets, many actually live with more wood, contrast and color.

While I agree that all light and tone-on-tone rooms are certainly pretty in a picture (they do tend to photograph well) there are many of us that still love color and contrasts between white and wood in our own homes.

The pieces were laminate, which usually isn't ideal, but I get tons of questions about how to paint laminate furniture, and I knew this would be a great chance to talk about it.

So let's talk about the actual process of painting.

Before its makeover, this TV stand previously featured a natural yellow pine finish.

It took some sanding, a spray coat of tinted primer and two coats of sprayed hot-pink lacquer to give it its one-of-a-kind finish.

I was able to do the entire dresser with one small sample of Behr flat paint in Marina Isle. It looks amazing on furniture and is the perfect little aqua.

To apply the paint you'll need an angled paintbrush and a small foam roller.

I knew I was going to go over the whole bookshelf with white so I wasn’t too entirely concerned on having full coverage. Then I laid out the squares on the back of the bookshelf.