Believe it or not, redecorating your home doesn’t need to be a massive and expensive project. Simple touches like adding a decorative tray or changing your pillow cases can have dramatic effects. To help you get inspired, we pulled together 14 easy decorating ideas that will update your home without breaking your budget. In fact, most of these projects are completely free…and the rest weigh in at under $10.
1. Rearrange your furniture. This may sound simple, but rearranging furniture is a great (and free!) way to completely change the look and feel of your home. If you always find yourself climbing over an ottoman, move your couch back to create a passing lane. Is it too cramped? Try moving your side table to another room that’s more spacious. Read more …
Nobody has filing cabinets anymore. I mean, well, most people don’t! Who has papers, after all, when everything’s stored conveniently on hard drives? But that doesn’t mean you should throw your bulky home filing systems away just yet. They can be handily re-purposed as raw surfaces for the kitchen or living room. Shown here, a filing cabinet with the addition of a cutting board on top, and a towel rack drilled into the side, turns into a great kitchen cutting and storage surface. [Apartment Therapy]
My makeup organization system has always been some variation of “toss it all in a drawer and hope for the best,” which works out okay until I’m late for work and realize my only tube of mascara is buried somewhere beneath an impenetrable layer of apple-flavored lip glosses I haven’t used since seventh grade. Crafty blogger Laura came up with this awesome solution to makeup mayhem: a magnet board. Not only does it look cool, it allows you quick access to your favorite cosmetics and beauty tools. Check out the step-by-step instructions for making your own here. Keep reading »
I tried to make an upholstered headboard once. I got the idea from an episode of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime.” Armed with an oversized piece of fiberboard, soft batting, a staple gun and a bolt of fabric, I set to work measuring, cutting, padding and stapling. Hours later, I was the proud owner of a DIY headboard.
The problem: It was a $156 mess. There were lumps in the batting, the fabric was crooked, and it didn’t have that “hotel chic” promised by the on-screen designers. I rescued the fabric, which is still buried — unused — in a dark corner of a storage closet, tossed the fiberboard in the trash and bought a headboard instead.
It was not the first time I’d been the victim of an HGTV-inspired makeover-gone-wrong. Read more … Keep reading »