I love this idea. Empty frames with clips to rotate children's masterpieces - maybe for one if the walls in the dining room?
Tired, battered furniture suddenly seems hip and edgy with a coat of matte black (gloss finishes, on the other hand, draw attention to any small imperfections, such as chips and nicks). We like Benjamin Moore's Ben Waterborne Interior Paint, which is a low-VOC, 100-percent acrylic latex (ideal for painting furniture) in a flat finish in Universal Black.
Don't take down those wide plain mirrors....update!