Doing It Yourself saves you some money and coming out with a creation that is uniquely yours. Of course we all have the option of buying the product or paying for professional services, but the value of making something on your own – priceless.
It does not only limit to manually building an entire shelf yourself. DIY home design is about paying attention to details, because even the smallest changes can make a HUGE difference. A touch of you!
Buying new home accessories or furniture may put a dent on our financials. Doing it yourself might take some time and maybe some initial cost to prepare for it. However, in the end, creativity is all a choice and your decision to make. Both time and money are important, so here are 6 DIY home design ideas for you to try out!
The Add-On Effect
You already have the final product you bought before (and you don’t know if you did or someone gave it to you because it’s been so long). If you don’t feel like replacing it or throwing it away, don’t.
What we can do to splash a new wave of freshness once more, is to add a new form of detail on it.
Jute ropes are a major fashion statement that easily screams nautical. Spot your clean, cheap vase, grab some strong, hot glue gun and wrap the rope neatly around it. You now have a vase of an entirely different vibe!
See if you’d like to have the rope around the rims of your side tables and shoe racks. And it does not stop there. Jute ropes come in a variety of sizes, look around and see what else you can rope on to.
Oh yes, these guys can be rolled into darn good coasters too!
Find any old, used frames and use strong glue around its edges (at the back) to stick on an open wooden box. There you have it, unique frame boxes that you can now install on your walls.
The famous ladder that appears on almost every home design magazine and pinterest. It stands out because it is the first thing most people will see. Reason being, they are curious.
“What are they doing with the ladder?”
Not only does it add an aesthetic look to your space, but its functionality – endless. It can be super versatile, depending on where you put it, and what you put on it.
You can stack some books or a plant on the steps. Maybe drill in some nails on the side of the ladder so you can hang more things.
Small, short ladders make adorable side tables.
Heck, it can even serve as an entire, unique new shelf when you slide in sturdy planks between 2 double ladders!
Wallpaper & Paint
We all know how amazing the wallpaper can be on the walls to make them look more alive. Remember, small changes, BIG impact?
Wallpapers can be used on furniture or appliances to give it a whole new look! From your drawers to wardrobe panels, you can work with wallpapers that go abstractly well with the colors of your home.
Like wallpapers, painting should not be limited to just the walls. You can paint on the floors of your balcony, front porch or your small lounge area.
Appliance paints can stick to metal and are able to stand heat. Get fancy and give your kitchen appliance some fresh coat of spray.
Renew the look of the small metals in your home with spray paints ( that you can get for less than $20). No more damaged or dated metal furnitures, handles or knobs. Just brushed, shiny and polished finishes.
Both wallpapers and painting work well to cover the scratches or discoloration that comes over time. It pays to pay attention to details, because these small changes can get you amazing results. Painting might require a bit more time and technical skills, but it is still something that you can learn easily from the web if you find the time for it!
Switch the Door Knobs
Speaking of knobs, if you don’t think the metal spray paint doesn’t impact much, the next option is to change it entirely! Head on down to the hardware store, grab a screwdriver and pick out a different door knob design.
Small changes, people, the small changes matter.
Large Printout Image
I love large art paintings to death, but sometimes the prices of these beautiful, large art pieces can send one starving for a month.
We live in an advanced era where you can actually print out a large image you personally took. Keep in mind the device you took the picture from. You don’t want your enlarged image to come out pixelated and blurred. Double check with the person printing out your image and ask if the pixels are good to go.
A good tip to capturing THE image of nature, bring out a frame and look through. You want to get the right angle in the frame. Picture perfect enough? Go.
Glue on some wooden sticks at the back to create the frame and voila, your new large standout art piece!
The Huge Pegboard
Okay. So the floating wall shelves and add on frame boxes don’t appeal to you because it might seem too messy for you. Why not get one large pegboard mounted on the wall?
This single pegboard instantly adds storage and is more versatile in where you want to allocate the shelves. It goes really well against a single colored wall and most definitely pleasing to the eyes.
I’m sure it pains you to let go of the old essential things you once bought with your hard earned money. Before you throw them out or give them away, you’d want to ask yourself if you can still do something about it.
Go have a look around your home and see where you can get creative at, the cheaper way. The possibilities are endless! The thrift stores are actually goldmines, if you know how to finetune it to the way it fits into your new home. You might even get them for free.
The thing is, you can get unique with your home without having to spend too much. Saving that extra couple of hundred dollars helps. You can make use of that elsewhere.
Most of all, you’ll definitely appreciate the items more because of the efforts you put into it! Also, you will feel accomplished learning that you can actually do them by yourself, so.. Just do it!