When you’re ready for a home make-over, but you don’t want to shell out a ton of money, the cost of hiring a professional decorator can be pretty prohibitive. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make your home to shine without breaking the bank… you just have to DIY!
This style of decorating has more benefits than simply saving money (although you will definitely save big with DIY). It also gives you the opportunity to truly personalize your home in every facet imaginable. And, if you need a little creative inspiration, we’ve included several helpful links to get you started.
DIY Home Decorating Tips
Here are some smart ways you can get started today with DIY decorating:
Take Advantage of Thrift Stores
Thrift stores are an excellent place to find truly unique pieces for your home. Avoid furniture with fabric, and instead seek out wooden furniture and other pieces that can be cleaned easily and restored to look their best. Thrift stores are also great places to find small items that will impact the look of your home, such as terra cotta flower pots, shelving, wall mirrors, and other decorative objects that will cost way less secondhand than if you purchased them brand new.
Need some inspiration? Check out these great thrift store finds, and see how their new owners transformed them into original and hip pieces for their homes.
Revamp What You Already Own
Dressers, mirrors with wooden frames, stools, and so much more can be revitalized by a few coats of paint. Before starting a painting project, make sure all areas that will be covered with paint are sanded and primed before adding coats of color.
You can also revamp larger pieces, such as sofas, loveseats and large fabric chairs by covering them with sofa covers or large pieces of fabric. Instead of shelling out big bucks to purchase a new sofa, you can dramatically change the look of a room by adding a stylish cover to your seating area. These can be purchased from department stores, or if you’re handy with a sewing machine, simply make your own. Better Homes and Gardens has a great roundup of furniture make-overs here that are sure to inspire.
Use precut wood and stone slabs for creating beautiful tabletops, both large and small. You can find ready to assemble tabletops at many home stores, or you can purchase pieces of wood and sand and varnish to create a unique and unforgettable addition to a dining or living room. Here are some stress-free DIY tabletop ideas that look like a million bucks, but actually cost very little.
Window coverings are another great way to use your crafty skills to make big changes in your home décor. Simply shop for sheer fabric to get an elegant look that doesn’t cost too much. For more fun and simple ideas on how to get crafty around your home, check out this page.
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