DIY Decorating Projects

by Amber Bouthot

Decorating your home can be daunting, not to mention expensive. Whether it’s a new-to-you home, or an update of your existing home, there are many things you can do yourself, and on a budget. Here a few of our favorites.

1. FURNITURE REUPHOLSTERING

Do you have a tired old chair sitting in storage? Or perhaps an idea for a shabby chic upholstered headboard? Furniture is expensive. If your current furniture has good bones, consider tackling a reupholster job. Decorating Your Small Space put together a helpful blog on their site: How to Reupholster Almost Anything. It contains links to how-tos for reupholstering a sofa, chair, footstool, folding chair, headboard and more.

2. WEATHERED PAINT

Freshen up an old table or dresser with some trendy weathered paint. It’s a great way to breathe new life into a piece that may be destined for the garage sale. The process is relatively easy, as this article from HGTV explains. Make sure you have the right materials and tools before you start and have fun!

3. PAINTED AREA RUG

A great way to bring color to any room is with a stunning and vibrant area rug. However, area rugs can be expensive. Consider painting a rug—not only will you be able to achieve the exact color and pattern you desire, you will likely save a pretty penny, as well. Mountain Modern Life walks through the steps of recreating a rug inspired by West Elm in this help online article.

4. FLOATING SHELVES

Have a blank wall that you just don’t know what to do with? Consider building and installing floating shelves. It’s a lot easier than it sounds—and by making them yourself, you can create the exact size you need for your unique space. Shanty 2 Chic put together these easy-to-follow instructions that even those without expert carpentry skills can master.

5. PALLET WALL

You’ve seen them on all the DIY home improvement shows—they are all the rage right now in rustic home décor—the pallet wall. Whether for a nursery, a master bedroom, or a centerpiece for your living room fireplace, a pallet wall adds character and charm to any space. Addicted 2 DIY put together a post to walk you through the process in a few simple steps.

6. WAINSCOTING

If you’re looking to add a little charm to any room in your house, consider wainscoting. This upscale look can be achieved easily, and affordably. And, better yet, it can be completed in one weekend. Check out this how-to from DIY Network.

7. FRAME A BATHROOM MIRROR

Bathroom remodeling can be difficult and expensive. If you’re looking for a simple way to dress up your bathroom, consider framing your bathroom mirror. Most homes have builder grade (boring) mirrors installed. Momstastic put together these step-by-step instructions to accomplish the project.

You don’t have to be super handy to accomplish some amazing DIY décor projects. A little patience, a touch of elbow grease, and a splash of creativity, and you can transform your house into a home that reflects your style.

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