Affordable DIY Projects to Add Flair to Your Home

If you want to add style to your home, but don’t have the money to pay for an interior designer, don’t despair. Even if you have a small budget, with a little imagination and a willingness to do the work on your own, you can craft a new look for your home with a few inexpensive purchases from thrift stores and items and furniture you already have. Thrift stores often have hidden treasures and sometimes give their profits back to the community. These affordable DIY ideas can freshen up every room in your home without breaking the bank.

DIY Updates for Your Living Room

Give outdated or scratched picture or mirror frames a new look by covering them with fabric. Look through your closets for tablecloths or curtains with a pattern you like. If you don’t have extra fabric at home, visit your local thrift store — a great source for quality items at a fraction of their original price. Another affordable DIY treatment for old picture frames is to simply paint them using leftover paint from another home improvement project.

If a new couch and chairs aren’t in your budget, try giving your old ones a new look by adding inexpensive throw cushions. Cover your existing throw cushions with new fabric or use a wool cable sweater or flannel shirt for a cheerful look. Check your local thrift store for cheap throw cushions and fabric if needed. If you don’t like sewing, simply cut the fabric to size and use a hot glue gun to glue the fabric in place. Then cover your glue lines with ribbon or a narrow strip of the same fabric.

DIY Updates for Your Bedroom

This Old House suggests updating your bedroom with a stylish headboard by making use of an old interior wooden door. Search through your local classifieds, garage sales, and thrift stores to find one that suits your room. Scrape off any remaining paint and either paint the door or leave it unfinished to match your decor. To complete this project you’ll need a paint scraper, fresh paint supplies and large bolts to fasten your headboard to the wall behind your bed.

Another great way to update your bedroom is to hang framed photos on the wall. Thrift stores often have one-of-a-kind vintage posters and signs. If they’re not already framed, simply frame them yourself.

DIY Updates for Your Kitchen

Looking for a whimsical way to add personality to your kitchen? Next time you visit your favorite local thrift store, keep an eye out for kitchenware. Look for old cooking pans to paint in bright colors and hang on your kitchen walls. For example, old colanders, muffin pans, loaf tins and pie plates are all good choices. Paint the whole piece with a base color, then use a smaller brush to add on a design or pattern in a complementary color of your choice. If you prefer a vintage look, search out wooden and wire kitchen utensils to display on your walls or kitchen shelves. Look for things like cutting boards, spoons, rolling pins or wire egg baskets.

There are many affordable DIY projects to decorate your home using what you have or what you can find at your local thrift store. Fabric, scissors and paint go a long way to turn old household furniture items into stylish, updated pieces on a small budget.

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