8 DIY Home Projects
Giving your home a makeover doesn’t have mean spending tons of money. With cooler weather ahead, and the kids heading back to school, it will soon be the perfect time to knock out a few simple projects. If you’ve got the time and energy to spare, it’s a lot more fun and a lot more rewarding to come up with some great DIY projects to improve your space. The thousands you could otherwise spend making over just one room can go a whole lot further when you’re working with found objects, repurposed materials, and hardware store finds!
First, as you’re getting started, it probably makes the most sense to work on one room or project at a time. Otherwise, you’re bound to get overwhelmed and give up halfway. After all, there’s no doubt that if you really want to do a DIY home makeover that really looks good, you have to put in a lot of time and effort. So choose a room and then get your creative juices flowing with some of these starter ideas.
1. Check your home for any items that aren’t regularly being used or that are a bit on the ugly side. These can be remade or repurposed to better other parts of the house. For example, if your current bedroom set is one of the simple IKEA models, you might make it livelier with a new coat of paint for everything. Or get some fabric or wallpaper and add in some key highlights, for example, in the dresser drawers and on the backs of the bookshelf panels.
2. Strip paint from ugly furniture. Give everything a fun new coat of paint in a bold color, or a rustic chic distressed look with just a bit of varnish or wood darkener over the exposed surface.
3. If you have any furniture that you are considering getting rid of, try to think of ways to repurpose the pieces instead. For example, an old bookcase could become a shoe and toy rack for the kids. An old dresser could be disassembled so that you can use the old drawers to hang on the wall to hold spices, cosmetics, books, or toiletries in the bathroom, while the body of the dresser can be used for shelving or can be taken apart and reassembled into a side table or desk. Add some modern items to these repurposed pieces of furniture to give your space a fresh new look. You can put some unique art pieces on a shelf, for example.
4. Head to the hardware store and collect free samples of paint swatches, carpet, or wallpaper. Many places will sell old samples of these materials for very cheap, as well. They can be used to make lots of interesting and different projects. For example, use a star-shaped hole puncher to cut stars from the paint swatches and hang them as a mobile. Or frame the wallpaper or carpet samples to make a very different kind of wall art or collage.
5. Use old bottles, jars, and corks for decorations. Paint old bottles and jars or cover them with layers of collaged tissue paper for a nice stained glass effect. Use them for holding your toothbrush, flowers, or pencils. Corks can be used to make a DIY corkboard, once you’ve collected enough. Just get a shadowbox or frame and glue the corks into place. Add in a fun design by painting and arranging some of the corks in the frame.
6. Head to the thrift store to stock up on some fun and funky items that you can use to dress up your home. The key to incorporating funky thrift store finds? Make sure you have a kind of theme for your home. For example, a few colors like pink and gold, or a theme like Paris. As you find items at the thrift store, imagine ways you can repurpose them to add some decoration to your home. For example, look at old mugs, teapots, and other cookware items that can be repurposed in your garden. Collect a few eclectic items, give them a new coat of paint, and use them for your plants.
7. Head to the hardware store and see what cool projects you can accomplish with the things you can find there. For example, you might buy up the parts and pieces to make your own stepping stool, side table, or mini ladder. You can simply grab some paint in interesting colors and make your own wall art.
8. Use found objects in unique ways. An old rake head or piece of driftwood could become a key hanger for the door. An unused old suitcase could become a toy chest for the living room. Old drapes could be turned into tea towels or a table runner.
As you are trying to come up with your own DIY redesign projects, try to look around your home with new eyes. What items are you not really using? What spaces are being neglected? What spots just don’t feel like they’re flowing quite right? Once you have a sense of what your space is lacking or what resources aren’t being utilized, you’ll get a sense of direction for your own new home redesign projects.
Have you done any DIY Home Projects this summer?