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Designer Michael Garvey, known for his sophisticated interiors, happens to be a scrappy DIY genius at home. Real Simple popped in for a peek—and for the secrets to his 10 most inventive upgrades.  

Trompe l'oeil bathroom cabinets with gaffer's tape
Dean Kaufman
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Trompe L’oeil Plain Surfaces

Garvey's hallway (not pictured) has depth, thanks to his handsome hand-drawn grid, inspired by Swedish subway tile. Garvey mapped out his plan with painter’s tape, then used a ruler to keep things in line when he applied his paint pen. This white bathroom cabinet gets its stripes from (even more) gaffer’s tape.

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