DIY Decorating Projects in Our Home

by on April 30, 2012 · 14 comments

I have taken the time to link to some great personal finance blogs that have caught my eye. But I have yet to share some of the wonderful DIY/home bloggers who bring such joy to my day and to our home through their wonderful and (oftentimes) frugal decorating ideas. My “favorites” tab is filled with a bazillion projects from these types of blogs—typically for very little money, and always much less than you would pay if you purchased it all ready made. Even though I have not had the time to complete even half of the projects that I would like to, I wanted to take the time to share some of the great ideas I have incorporated into our own home. Several are from other bloggers and I’ve taken this opportunity to link to their post that inspired me. A few are from my own ideas (though I am sure I was inspired somewhere along the way from others), and others were suggestions from friends or family.

                Please note: these projects have been completed over the last two years and I did not save all of the receipts. Some prices are approximates.

  • Tufted Headboard: I wanted to dress up our guest bedroom and provide a place that people can prop their head against. However, I did not want to purchase a bed frame (we do not even have a bed frame aside from the basic metal one). When I came across this DIY headboard, I fell in love! I didn’t even know that you could make your own. I decided to not do the “tufting”, but am very happy with the results nonetheless. For this project we purchased a sheet of plywood ($25), fabric ($15), and foam ($15).

 

  • Origami Crane Mobile: I was inspired by this pinwheel mobile to make one of my own. My sister had lovingly crafted 100 cranes (origami) for my bridal shower two years ago, and they were sitting in a bag in my closet waiting for a purpose in our home. Perfect opportunity! The dowel rods were purchased from a craft store for a few dollars, and I used fishing line from my fishing pole (it’s been dormant in our closet for years now). The mobile has added so much to my creative space!

  • Fabric Wall Art: We had very bare walls in our guest room, and I’ve seen the growing trend of using fabric as wall art (also my friend Aurora had shown me some they used in their bedroom—looked really nice!). At a fabric store I was able to find this romantic fabric written in French (could say something very unromantic…I am not really sure) and glued it around a metal frame kit I found at a craft store for a few dollars.

  • Made Ceiling Fans look High-End: My friend Helen told me that you can unscrew fan blades and paint them—what a great tip! There were very functional, but pastel-colored ceiling fans in each of our rooms that were completely not our style. Instead of replacing them (a small fortune), I took off each of the blades and spray-painted them a glossy mahogany color. They look fantastic! Total cost was about $16 for the paint. I went a little crazy and even “upgraded” the ceiling fan in our garage.

  • Expanded Kitchen Pantry Space: For about $60, we replaced the shelves with wood that we stained a mahogany color. The shelves are now wider than the previous ones, giving us more space. And we reused the shelf liners from the previous owners as they were in great shape.

 

  • Created Succulent Planters: I came across this wonderful idea to use IKEA utensil holders (Asker container—$5.99 each) as succulent planters. We have a window over our sink that gets a decent amount of sunshine, and it turned out to be the perfect spot for these!

  • Made Herb Hangers: I have always wanted to hang herbs in our kitchen, but couldn’t figure out the best way to do so. While shopping at IKEA a year ago I found these little brushed nickel bathroom hooks for towels and such (a few dollars each). Paul installed them on a lip underneath our cabinets, and I used thread and little wooden paper clips (thank you Vickie!) to hold the herbs. Paul’s mother has kept us in good supply with fresh rosemary—thank you!

  • Created a Jewelry Holder: I saw this fantastic jewelry holder idea from Real Simple Living magazine and made a copy of it myself. Forutnately I had a bulletin board on hand that I got free from my last company (they periodically gave items away they no longer wanted), and I had curtains from my old apartment right out of college. I used the curtains as fabric for the board, and purchased a gold/metallic paint to paint the frame. Then I purchased colorful pins, and hung the piece of art in my closet!

  

Projects on My Can’t-Wait-To-Do-List

  •  Small Space Garden DIY Pallet: I love vertical gardening, and think this is an awesome way to reuse pallets. Why pay $20-$30 or more for a structure to hang things on when you can just make one yourself? Heck, why not make some pallet bookshelves why you are at it?
  • Roman Shades: I pictured gorgeous (but expensive) roman shades in our kitchen, and now it appears that I can make it happen with some sweat equity and fabric!
  • Love Map: This is such an adorable way to commemorate your partner and your history together. Just not sure where we will hang it…

I have many other projects on my list, but I would like to focus on just a few in the coming months instead of overwhelming myself.

I would love for you to share your own DIY successes in the comments below! What do you hope to accomplish around your home over the next few months?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Elaine@mortgagefreeinthree.com

Wow I am really impressed – here is my contribution, two sofas reupholstered for less than £10 (saw a designer pair and made my own)

http://mortgagefreeinthree.com/category/make-do-and-mend/the-10-sofa-challenge/

Roman blinds are on my list too for a letting room – gulp!
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Amanda L Grossman

Thank you! Way to go on your reupholster project–and yes, the roman shades are intimidating me as well. But wow would they look great…
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BeatingTheIndex

I like how you placed the succulent planters, the beauty of DIY projects is the pride you feel everytime you look back at a job well done!
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Amanda L Grossman

Thank you! You are right–they and the other projects make me smile.
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Really great ideas! Which one has turned out to be your favorite?

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Shannon-ReadyForZero

Great tips! I especially love the fabric headboard – beautiful and seems relatively easy. Being new to my city, San Francisco, I just got approved for an apartment today and can’t wait to try out some of these tips you’ve mentioned! And to think, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to decorate my new apartment until I had my own small fortune saved up. Thanks for these great ideas!
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FruGal

No problem–I will probably have another post like this in a few months after I’ve had time to complete more frugal decorating projects. So much fun!

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Shannon-ReadyForZero

Great – I look forward to reading about your new projects soon then!
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Daisy @ Add Vodka

Wow, that all looks great! I love the pots on the wall and it’s crazy what a little paint can do to the fan!

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Crystal @ Prairie Ecothrifter

Those succulent planters look awesome! How cute! I think I just found a new decoration for our new home when it’s done. ;-)
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FruGal

Oh yay–I can’t wait to come and visit your new home. We still need to have you guys come to visit ours!

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Julie @ Freedom 48

You did an awesome job! I wish I had of thought of painting our ceiling fans! We moved in, hated the ceiling fans in the bedrooms… and replaced them right away. We could have saved a ton of money if we’d just painted them! Darn..
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FruGal

Drats–that would have saved you a lot of money.

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Aurora

I love the succulent planters idea – I may have to steal that for my kitchen!! glad you made use of the fabric decor idea too :):)

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