Are you tired of feeling as if every item in the home and garden department of your favorite store is simply over priced? With a veil of limited options, many home owners feel as if there’s nothing else to turn to. As it turns out, you can easily escape the restrictions and monetary woes of major retailer stock with a little ingenuity. By decorating rooms with handmade or customized items, you’ll add a true personal flair and save a pretty penny in the process. To get you off on the right foot, here are some easy DIY home decor ideas that always get the job done:
Custom Picture Frames
If you browse flea markets, secondhand retailers (like Marshalls and Ross), Craigslist, and yard sales, you’ll almost always come across several picture frames for an absolute steal. You can use any of the existing artwork if you wish, but you should also consider putting it aside and focusing on altering the frames to truly engage your “DIY” spirit. A fresh coat of paint that compliments the rest of your room is all you need, and the frame can even be hung on its own without any backing for a “modern art” spin. If you have children’s bedrooms or family photos you’d like to display, you can also line the sides with 3D stickers for extra cheeriness.
You should also be sure to collect a few lampshades while you’re at it. Once you have a few that you’re interested in using, you can spice them up further with hand-designed watercolor patterns. (Shades manufactured in neutral colors such as white will make for the best palettes.) You can apply the paint over the entire shade or merely along the border. Even if you don’t have the most artistic talent in the world, tapping gently with a round brush will produce beautiful cloud-like shapes that always seem to produce great results.
You can also achieve quite a lot with a bit of paint and a stencil. You can find a wealth of patterns at your local arts and crafts store, or even print your own right from the computer. From there, all you need is a can of spray paint and a little bit of patience. (Or, feel free to speed through the process if you want some interesting, care-free effects!) Any surface in your home is fair game, including walls, the sides of your entertainment center, cabinets, and so on. Just be sure to seal the final result with a clear coat once you’re done!
By sticking to easy DIY home decor ideas like those listed above, you can easily introduce some new life into any room in your house. Not only will doing it by hand save you money, you’ll also have great reason to feel even prouder of your finished designs. “DIY” is all about creativity and resourcefulness, so feel free to take these ideas and branch off to new heights from there!