I speak from experience when I say “You can totally do this!” There is something about the new year that gives me hope and encouragement for the next 12 months. And as the time ticked past December 31st 2015, I was once again given a rebirth of motivation to DIY my kitchen and breakfast area. Have you had the same experience? Or do you need motivation? Well, just look at your calendar and start making a to-do list because I’ve got 5 super easy DIY projects that will bring a great change of scenery to your home as well as being light on the pocket book!
DIY Project #1 -Paint your walls!
The cheapest and quickest way to update your space is to paint the walls. There are millions of colors out in this great beautiful world to inspire your indoor rooms. If you have a color in mind be sure to grab sample swatches from your local paint store or home improvement shop. If you want to go a bit further, buy a small sample of the actual paint to see how it will look with your current decor, or most importantly, how it may change in the light. Remember, paint will tend to look different under fluorescent lighting versus natural lighting.
If you are really in love with a color but you are not sure if the entire room will look good in that bright sunny yellow, try it on one wall as an accent color. This really gives you the best bang for your buck because you are not having to spend the money on a full gallon of paint. An accent color provides that interest to a wall that a work of art or large book shelf may do. Plus it looks totally chic!
DIY Project #2 -Replace your hardware!
Believe it or not your hardware could be holding back your rooms potential. The simple act of changing your cabinet hardware will instantly give your home a makeover. Whether you change the hardware on your kitchen, bathroom cabinets or hinges and door knobs, you will see an immediate difference. Select hardware that will go with your current decor or if you are planning to paint walls or cabinets select the best finish that will highlight the colors and styling you are going for. Painting your hardware is also a good DIY option and a perfect task for the hubby!
DIY Project #3 -Dress up with soft goods!
Your living area may be packed with serious color clutter or it may be plain and neutral, either way, you are looking to update what you have and change the look of your space. Soft goods such as pillows, cushions and draperies are a great way to bring in the newness to your rooms with great fabric! The best advice is to keep it simple.
This transitional room from Houzz is a great example of keeping it uncomplicated. The neutral draperies and furnishings make it easy to add color and pop with throw pillows and rugs. Throw pillows are so easy to make yourself and a perfect weekend DIY project you can do with the kids. I have found that the best place to look for great tutorials is the internet. YouTube is filled with easy sew and non-sewing projects to create your own custom cushions, draperies and pillows. I found this great tutorial from Online Fabric Store
that shows step by step instructions on how to make a throw pillow. Need fill, fringe or fabric? Visit our DIY
DIY Project #4 -Light it up!
Rooms that have old lighting fixtures can make your rooms look outdated or too hodgepodge. Light up your life and living areas with updated lighting fixtures made by YOU! This is a good way to save cash and keep your creative juices flowing. There are so many ways to upcycle what you have, you just may need a little bit of help in the creative department. Do you know where I go for brilliant ideas? Pinterest!
Check out this amazing light transformation
that was made so inexpensively!
DIY Project #5 -De-clutter your home!
A part from painting the walls, the single most economical way to update a room is to simply de-clutter your space. I remember years ago there was a daytime show that came on (back when I was a stay-at-home mom) and it had this woman that would come into a home and simply rearrange a room. She would always start by clearing out the entire space, then piece by piece style the room until it was transformed into an entirely different space. She would also go into other rooms of the home and pull out accessories that worked better with the space she was updating. I thought that show was really a great way to show people that it doesn’t take a lot of cash to give a new perspective to your home. If you are low on cash and you really want that brand new sofa set or flat screen TV a yard sale is a great solution! Get rid of those items that are making you crazy then use that money to buy what you really want. Great advice!
So start getting motivated this new year!