Whether you just bought a new home or are reinventing a space, decorating is one of most enjoyable parts of making a space your own. DIY projects for home décor allow you to do this on a tight budget. Here are a few simple and thrifty ideas for do-it-yourself décor!
One of the most popular DIY projects involves inventive lighting ideas. The two parts of a lamp that can be altered in innumerable ways are the base and the shade. Repainted thrift store candlesticks make great, sturdy bases. Also, bulbs can sit atop dollar store craft boxes, decorated to suit the space. Old lamps can be made new again by using a wallpaper wrap on the existing base. Lampshades are just as exciting as they can be made of almost anything, such as old globes, metal baskets, and even well worn sweaters. The artistic decorator can paint the inside or outside of a plain shade and glue on light items like fabric or buttons.
Many bathrooms lack the closet space needed for linens. Wine racks found at yard sales can make for excellent towel storage. Standing racks are most common, but hanging racks can be found, and are excellent for bathrooms where floor space is at a minimum. Another great towel storage idea involves painting large tin cans nailed to a board and hanging this decorative item on a bathroom wall. Hard sided baskets in varying sizes covered with fabric and nailed to the bathroom walls are ideal for storing towels and other bathroom accessories.
Any box, bin, or plank of wood can be used as a decorative shelving piece! Old wooden ladders, perhaps no longer fit for climbing, make excellent, eclectic shelving options. If you’re looking for a more unique piece, get creative with your spare parts that are laying around. Those old shutters and garbage bins can easily be repainted and tacked together to create a unique decorative shelving unit!
Common home design projects for do it yourself builders are anything that involves reconditioned pallets. Furniture construction, from beds to tables to sofas, is all the rage when it comes to pallet creations. This is because pallets are a very versatile canvas to work on! Indoors, you can sand and paint a pallet and turn it into a coffee table, shelving, and more! Outdoors, complete pallets are great for creative bike racks or even for building a deck.
Update Your Worn Furniture
Existing cabinets and dressers can become old fashioned or run down over the years. However, a new coat of paint and some affordable upgrades can save tons of money on new furnishings. Thin molding added along the doors of cabinets and decorative knobs and handles can change the style completely. Many cabinets come with removable panels, so it is simple to replace old-fashioned woodwork with a matte or glass finish. Old dressers can even be reborn into kitchen islands with some simple additions like a new counter-top, hooks, and towel racks on the side!
Traditional home outfitters would have you believe decorating is pricey. In reality, there are many ways that outfitting your home can be fun and affordable. Inexpensive thrift store items can be creatively crafted into one-of-a-kind items. Discount finds can be used in unexpected places. Existing furniture can be affordably reinvented to suit a new style.
The ideas for decorating on a dime are endless! Bring out your creative side, think about giving old furniture a new life, and put common items to innovative uses. Thrift stores, yard sales, and dollar stores are havens for items that can be re-purposed to fit any budget and every style.