If you’re looking for an easy way to refresh your home, adding new pieces of small decor can be a great way to change up the look of your space. However, if you go to a normal retail location to buy small decor, it can get expensive very quickly. However, if you DIY your decor instead, you can save money and make sure that everything matches your space perfectly.
Add a Nautical Touch
If you want to make your room feel more nautical, you can add rope to existing decor pieces that you aren’t fond of anymore. If you have a vase or mason jar, you can take a length of rope and attach it to the container with hot glue. You can either just add one layer of rope around the opening of the vase or jar. You can either add in fake flowers or real flowers if you want a homier touch. 50% of flower shop sales happen when there’s not a big holiday happening, so you can get a good selection of seasonal flowers if it’s the off-season.
A blanket ladder is a trendy decor piece that can add a nice cozy touch to any living space. Since the ladder won’t be weight baring, you can easily build one yourself using wooden dowels and stain or paint it to match the room. You could also look at thrift stores for old ladders. Once you have your ladder assembled or built, you can add a few blankets to the wrung for some visible storage that adds a nice touch to your space.
If you have open wall space in your kitchen, this DIY is a great way to make that space cute and functional. First, find a paper towel holder that will attach to the wall horizontally. Next, buy a roll of paper that is the right length to fit on the paper towel holder. After you hang the paper towel holder on the wall, put on the craft paper and pull it through. To define the “easel,” find a small, piece of wood or metal and attach it parallel to the paper towel holder where you want the easel to end. Make sure to leave enough room between the wall and the piece of wood or metal for the paper to go. Attach a string with a marker to the paper towel roll so that you aren’t constantly searching for the marker, and you have a perfect spot for doodles, notes, or grocery lists.
Dress Up Your Dresser
If you have a dresser or another chest of drawers that you feel needs to be livened up, consider making the drawers more fun. One way to spruce it up is to add wallpaper or contact paper to the drawers’ faces. This is a great way to get a fun print into the room and to make the dresser feel completely new and refreshed with a minimal amount of effort.
If you’re ready for a slightly more involved project, you can do an ombre pattern on the drawers. Starting with a light color on the top drawer, make each drawer a darker shade as you get lower. For example, if you have a dresser with three drawers and want to paint the drawers pink, use a light pink on the top, a medium pink in the middle, and a deeper pink on the bottom. This will add visual interest to your dresser without having to redo the entire piece.
Refresh Framed Photos
If you’ve had the same photos or prints in frames for a long time, it can really change up a space to add new photos and prints to your frames. If you are replacing prints, try to keep them within a similar color scheme. Although buying new art prints is a good way to support local artists, you can also find photos online and print them at your local photo print shop.
You can also go for a multimedia approach and add things aside from typical photos and prints to your frames. For example, if you’ve ever been part of the 86% of people who receive flowers and felt special, you can press some of the blooms in a book and add them to a frame of a picture with you and whoever sent you the flowers.
Paint Your Stairs
If you’re looking for a large way to brighten up and change your space, you can paint your stairs. This is a DIY that you can’t do with carpeted stairs since this is really only possible with wooden stairs. You can paint the part of the stair that you don’t step on in a multitude of ways — a search on Pinterest will reveal all the different styles that people have done before. You can choose to do the same color or pattern for all of your stairs or you can choose to do an ombre from the top to the bottom.
Make New Pillow Covers
If you love throw pillows but don’t want to invest in a completely new set, consider creating your own new covers for throw pillows you already have. You can pick out fabric from your local fabric or craft store, and create a new pillowcase. If you aren’t great at sewing, you can try using fabric glue, although sewing the pillowcase would make it significantly more sturdy.
Americans spent somewhere close to $394 billion on home improvements in 2018, but you don’t have to contribute to that number for this year if you invest in these easy DIYs. Instead of completely redoing a room, adding or updating small decor pieces can completely change everything about the energy of a room.
Did you do any of these DIYs? What are your favorite DIYs? Let us know in the comments!