Adding style to your home does not require breaking the bank! Pick a room, think outside the box and just do what you think would be cool. Little ideas like adding color and decor can cost a fraction of the price of a full renovation and have exactly the same effect.
Decorating a room is a unique way for a person to express themselves and let the room be a part of them. It might be painting the walls bright colors or adding different nick-nacks. Some people even have a favorite chair that is worn to tatters. No need to toss, just update it with some restoration. An old dresser could even be turned into a nice place to sit with small drawers on the side.
Get ready to be motivated with the following 8 ideas for DIY.
Candelabrum is romantic
There is no better way to set a mood than with a candlelit dinner. Instead of using just any candle holder, why not make one from scratch. It is simple and most of the items can be found around the home.
- 5 pieces of PVC
- 4 bronze metal elbows
- 2 straight bronze pieces
- Multi-purpose glue
Place a piece of PVC in between each bronze elbow and glue them together. Make sure each end elbow is facing up. Add PVC to each end and attach the straight bronze piece, gluing it in place. This is now the perfect candle holder for a romantic evening.
Old furniture equals new look
Do not toss old furniture, just update it.
- Strip the color
- Sand the wood
- Do repairs
- Paint the piece a new color
Old chairs can be resurrected
Restoring a chair is a simple process. Remove all the cushions and strip the color away. Decide what color would look best in the room and paint the wood. Now replace the cushions with new padding and cover with a new design. They will now look like new and everyone will think a small fortune was spent buying new furniture.
Old mason jars can be attached to a wooden strip and then attached to the wall. Now there is a place for putting markers, pencils, pens, and anything else that does not need to be shoved in a drawer.
Items for decorating
Some inexpensive decorating can give your room a new look. It only takes a few things.
- Glass container with a hole
- Colored sand
- A little dirt
- Small cactus plant
Put the sand in the container so the bottom is colorful. Add the dirt on top and plant the cactuses inside the container. A masterpiece for years to come!
Bringing nature inside
Some rustic looking thick tree branches can spruce up any room. They can be posed against the wall and used for hanging lights or even towels in the bathroom. The branch just needs smaller protruding branches for hanging items on.
Turning furniture into vintage
There might be an old coffee table that just does not complement the room any longer. This is the perfect time to sand it all down and pull out some white paint. Leave the nicks in the wood because once painted, it adds character and the piece will look more vintage. Everyone will want to know where you got it!
Making a new desk
Children tend to grow quickly and change their minds about how their room should look. Many have a desk that they think needs tossing out, so something new can be brought in. Instead of tossing out a good piece of furniture, restore it. Have the child help with sanding it all down and wiping away the dust.
Decide on a color to paint the entire desk, except the drawers. The drawers can be different colors or even have colorful latex paper over the fronts. This will not only make the desk improve the whole room, but the child will be satisfied because they helped redo the boring brown desk and made it into something they now love!
Decorating the home can be fun and will bring any room back to life. Especially, if you can’t afford to pay an interior decorator. Just think outside the box and let the ideas come from within. A little imagination can go a long way and when applied to something old, it can become something new that doesn’t cost a fortune. It only takes sandpaper, paint, and a little elbow grease!