The idea behind doing DIY home decor projects on a budget is to save money while at the same time surrounding yourself with something that is beautiful in its own way – a true compliment to your ability to overcome obstacles and recognize life’s many opportunities that others simply pass on by.
After all, anybody can buy tastefully-designed items crafted by experts but there are going to be thousands more of them out there somewhere. DIY means that you are going to have the only one on the planet and, no matter how hard they try, any copy is going to be an imperfect simulacrum of the original daring vision.
Turn a Kilim Rug Into a Modern Bench
Any top-notch interior designer can provide upholstery to match any other fabric surface in your home. Why not do it yourself and get exactly what you want without having to pay all of the middlemen. Find the perfect design and then work it into your home in a way that suits you best.
DIY Wall Rack
DIY doesn’t have to be some huge undertaking. Here’s a great little project that can be done by virtually everyone, and it can be customized to suit your own needs simply by using different sizes and types of woods and also by completing the project using different wood finishes.
Laundry Hangup Station
Before you saw this, you never realized how much you wanted one in your own laundry room. Now that you do, however, the materials are simple to find in any lumber yard and assembly is quick and easy. The best part is that everybody is going to want to know where you bought it from.
DIY Pallet Coffee Table
Boho Chic is the name of the game here, and building it is as easy as it is ever likely to get on any project. Plus, there is nothing better than a DIY project where all of the materials are free, free, free. You might even get thanked for hauling them away.
Coffee Stirrer DIY Wall Art
Any project that involves coffee is bound to be popular with most people. In this case, rounding up a bunch of coffee stirring sticks is bound to require a trip or two to your favorite local barista– which makes this wall hanging project a win-win right out of the gate.
Gold Painted Silverware Mason Jars
Now this project may look exceptionally easy and very practical for its intended application. However, you need to be careful since you are likely to come down with an addiction to gold metallic paint. Once started down this road, there is no cure and the only treatment is to buy more.
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Repurposed Book Knife Block
This little project is a cute and clever idea that definitely solves a problem that afflicts most kitchens in one way or another. Due to the nature of the solution, however, it is honestly better suited to traditional or country-style kitchens than it is to ultra-modern ones. But what a great idea regardless.
Veggie/Fruit Storage Rack
Nothing says DIY better than a project using repurposed pallet lumber. This adorable little storage rack really serves a genuine purpose as well, since every kitchen can always use more ways of storing things. Nor is that the only room of the house where it would be welcome.
Simple Rope Rug
On the face of it, this is a pretty straightforward project involving coiled up rope, but the permutations that are possible go way beyond the simple premise of the basic design. By creating rope coils of various diameters and of various rope thicknesses, it becomes possible to produce free form designs that branch off from the original principle.
Wood Slice Mirror Frame
There are some DIY projects that take a little extra effort, but it is so totally worth it once you’re done. This is one of those projects that just jump out at you and demand that you get started on them right away. The frame is so unique and stylistically pleasing that you might forget all about the mirror in the middle of it.
Rustic Ladle Tea Lights
This is a very classy project that can serve both as a fabulous home décor item as well as an interesting little piece to sell. Consisting of just an old ladle, some scrap lumber and some mounting hardware, each piece is utterly unique. As a welcoming guide or just a fascinating conversation piece, it is something that will definitely be noticed.
Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer
What are the chances that you’d want chicken wire hanging on the wall of the boudoir? Well, if you make this lovely jewelry organizer for your home, the odds are a lot better than you’d otherwise expect. That’s the true beauty of DIY– turning sow’s ears into silk purses is the name of the game.
Love Scrabble Pieces Wall Art
Let’s face it. Girls love Valentine’s Day and guys pretty much tolerate it. Making a set of these austerely tasteful oversize Scrabble blocks allows you to say what you really mean without putting the big guy on the spot. Plus, they are so delightful that they will most likely become a year-round part of the ambiance.
Oatmeal Container Floor Vase
This is a very intriguing example of how something that is not “perfect” probably ends up looking better than it would have if it were. There is just something artistically attractive about the way in which the twine wraps haphazardly around the exterior of the two Quaker Oats containers that comprise the basis of the project.
Thrift Store Lamp Makeover
In a world that is drowning in mass produced goods, this striking little project shows us all that a one-of-a-kind made with love and imagination will beat five-million-of-the-same every single time.
DIY Headboard for Under $15
Oh yeah, you’re going to want one of these. If not for you, then for your daughter’s room. This is a shining example of how the DIY spirit can overcome even the most expensively-priced alternative. You simply can’t justify buying one but you’d really love to have one nonetheless. Here’s your chance.
There is no such thing as having too much storage in your home. With this cute and practical collection of cubbyholes for all of the family’s hats and mittens, you now have one less excuse for having clutter in your life.
We all have our own little storehouse of sentiments with which we agree, but these crafted throw pillows allow us each to have our own say rather than just repeating what we have heard someplace else. Literary immortality awaits.
Bathroom Shower Curtains with Reclaimed Wood
So often it is the context or the milieu that evokes our judgment as to whether something is of value or not. In the case of these battered old bench slats, you wouldn’t think of sitting down on them– but they look absolutely stylish hanging up in the most intimate room of your house.
Turn a Curbside Dresser Into a Bar
Unless you know the true meaning of “Curb Alert”, you may not be a real DIYer. This scrappy little bar was once someone’s castoff dresser – until it got the full DIY treatment from someone who could see it for what it could become and not just for what it was.
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