When it comes to decorating your home, we understand the expenses that come with it. It’s not cheap to furnish a home with the basics, let alone the odds and ends you need to keep it from looking like a total bore. However, there’s a common misconception that decorating your home has to be super expensive when in reality there are tons of DIY projects that can take home from drab to absolutely fab.
Turn Boring Linoleum or Vinyl Flooring into Art
If you’re sick and tired of your old linoleum flooring, but can’t afford to replace it with tile, why not paint over it? All you need is some paint, painter’s tape, and polyurethane floor finishing and you can create an amazing new floor for less than $50 and one day’s worth of work! Once you’ve settled on the pattern/design, use your painter’s tape to mock it up and then get to painting. Once the paint is dry you’ll give it a nice coat of polyurethane to keep it protected.
Glow-in-the-dark Paint for Outdoor Planters
Installing outdoor lighting can be quite expensive, but there are other ways to illuminate your back porch and garden are without spending an arm and a leg. All you need to do is cover your outdoor planters with several coats of glow-in-the-dark paint. At night, they will come alive with an ethereal glow that is sure to draw the attention of your neighbors. Plus, you’ll have transformed the outside of your house into a stunning fairytale wonderland of illumination. And better still, it will only cost around $30-$50.
Faux Black Wainscoting for Wall
While this home upgrade can take a little more time due to its complexity, it can completely transform any room in your house for less than $50. It will also look super expensive. All you need to do is measure the walls you want to add some additional flair to, then figure out how many planks of wood you’ll need for the lattice look. Next, cut and mount the pieces across the wall your using as a base and finish with a couple of coats of dark paint. You’ll be left with a stunning room that all your friends and family will be jealous of.
Create a Mirrored Backsplash for Your Bathroom
If you want to illuminate your bathroom and give the illusion of more space, a mirrored backsplash is the perfect solution. However, why spend tons of money on grout and tile when you can use mirror decals instead? Not only are these cheaper ($15 per 20 pack) but they will allow you to change up the look later if you decide to remodel the bathroom. We are absolutely loving what this woman has done!
Create Your Own Area Rug
Area rugs can completely transform a room, but they’re also quite expensive. Thankfully, you have options that will allow you to save money and release your creativity. One way to save is to purchase a blank area rug and paint it yourself. All you need is the rug, some fabric paint, and a design. Taping off the rug can make it easier to do patterns, and then you can customize the colors to match the room you’re working in. Pretty, cool right?
Give Your Garden and Yard an Upgrade
Mirrors work wonders in homes because they create the illusion that the area is more open. Just like this works in an indoor setting, you can also add mirrors to your yard to really give the space an “expanded feel.” Personally, we feel adding a frame with mirrors to your garden is the perfect place because it looks like the garden is extended and adds a splash of upscale flair. What do you think?
A Succulent-lined Windowsill
Live plants are the perfect way to transform a room and give it a life that it never had. It’s also super inexpensive. We suggest selecting a windowsill that gets enough light throughout the day, so your succulents can flourish. Go for a variety of smaller ones and for an added touch, plant them in varying colorful containers. We love the idea of planting them in different coffee mugs. Wouldn’t that be super cute?
Cake Stand Organizer
If you want to give your kitchen a less cluttered look and also offer up a creative kitschy style, why not use a cake stand for some countertop organization? Not only is it super cute but it will open up your counters and allow you to give your home a much more open look. Plus, cake stands are really cheap and the possibilities are endless when it comes to how you want to decorate them.
Light Switch Upgrades
While you may not pay too much attention to your light switches, a simple adornment can take your home from average to extraordinary. All you need is a basic picture frame from a crafts store and size it to fit around the light switch. Next, paint it to match the color of your walls and you’ve got an upscale light switch panel that looks like it cost a pretty penny.
Stylish Kitchen Storage
Do you want your kitchen to make a statement? Well, these suspended mason jars are sure to get people talking. The perfect way to de-clutter your counters and give your kitchen an elegant look, all you need to do is to affix mason jar tops to the bottoms of your cabinets. Next, fill the jars with snacks or spices and screw them in place. Now you have easy access to the items you need but without the clutter. Plus, they look super cool. We’re certainly in love, aren’t we?