Do-it-yourself decorating is the best way to get the most out of your home-improvement budget. Besides being a lot fun, you are using time, energy and creativity without spending big bucks to give your home an inexpensive makeover.
According to Merrill Lynch, homeowners will spend $317 billion on home improvements and repairs. So why not save some money while putting some more equity into your new home to get the most out of your investment.
You don’t even need to be handy with tools in order to get the results you want. Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh coat of paint, some new rugs or even some re-upolstery to get the job done. Whatever you do, don’t be shy. Get free advice and ask a lot questions at hardware stores, fabric shops and the local lumber company . They are more than willing to help you if you just ask. All you need is confidence in your abilities, an active imagination and the willingness to get the job done. So let’s get everyone started on five tips that will help you decorate like Martha Stewart, but within your means.
Cute End Tables
Wooden crates make inexpensive end tables. Paint four wooden crates and decorate the sides with stencils or paint your own designs freestyle. Stack them together in whatever fashion suits your purposes and you have end tables with added storage space. You can find wooden crates in the dumpsters behind grocery stores or at flea and farmers markets.
DIY Room Dividers
If your home is wide open, then you might want to make use of room dividers to make it a little cozier. One easy way to make a room divider is to use three or more doors and hinge them together. You can find doors at thrift stores, in dumpsters where housing construction is going on, and at some Habitat For Humanity second hand stores. Paint them in solid colors and go crazy with stencils, appliques or freestyle painting. This could be a great weekend project for the whole family.
Unique Dining Room Table
Purchase a used picnic table and benches from the thrift store for use as an inexpensive dining room table. Sand the table and benches if need be and paint in whatever color matches your decor. Painting the benches a different color than the table makes a great contrast and can add much needed color.
Restyle Your Old Furniture
Don’t toss your old furniture just because it is scratched or needs a few minor repairs. Restyle your old furniture for a new look and save a ton of money. For example, if you have an old desk that looks like it came from your great grandmothers house, restyle it using a spray-on antiquing paint. Once you have spray painted the desk, paint the trim in a contrasting color and add new hardware to the drawers if you need to. You now have a functional desk that looks new.
Make a Creative Area Rug
Cut out pieces of old rugs and carpet samples into different shapes and sizes. Piece them together on the floor until you find a pattern and shape that suits your needs. Sew the pieces together using thick carpet thread and a carpet needle. You might be surprised at how different colors, textures and thicknesses make a beautiful and unique area rug.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate your home. Use your imagination and keep a positive attitude throughout your projects and you may find that you have a knack for creating useful and beautiful decor for your home from used items, and still stay within your limited budget.