11 Cute And Cost Effective DIY Designs To Transform Your Home On A Budget

Find a use for that retired TV stand yet?

When it comes to decorating your home, you want the design and overall feel of the space to reflect what is uniquely ‘you,’ right? What better way to guarantee a personalized piece of art or a one-of-a-kind nightstand than to make it yourself? We’ve got 11 completely brilliant, totally customizable DIY designs guaranteed to create that dream home you’ve been picturing.  

1. Grab those leftover five gallon buckets if you’re in need of an upholstered ottoman!

Home Depot also sells ’em for a couple bucks, literally. That’s as cheap as it gets!

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2. Create a custom gold-framed mirror.

Don’t worry, the process is ridiculously easy. Simply mix equal parts spackle and wood glue to form a paste. In sections, spoon the mixture onto any mirror’s wooden frame (you might want to cover the actual glass in case of any spills). From there, grab a tablespoon to create the noticeable imprints in the paste. Voila! 
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3. Upcycle those ‘factory made’ brands into something totally unique.

This clever fella transformed a simple table top from IKEA into a modern, one-of-a-kind painted coffee table. Word on the street is the project only took about 45 minutes (with drying time)!

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4. Transform a simple household item into the best DIY headboard you’ve ever seen.

You’ll never guess what that masterpiece is ACTUALLY made of. Rubber door mats! Grab an intricate design, a glue gun, and some rubber paint (industrial-grade, commercial acrylic or water-based paint work best) and get to work!

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5. Paint your own accent, hallway, or area rug.

This one’s another quick and easy project. All you need is some fabric paint, a couple brushes, and the stencil of your choice (totally optional of course). Just make sure to allow a day or two to completely dry before you bring it back inside.

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6. Design your own stationary, picture, or decorative boxes.

Have any extra cardboard laying around your house you could glue together? Perfect. Now, all you need is some wooden shims to attach to the outside. From there, attach a piece of canvas around the cube, arrange a unique shape out of the boards, or leave the piece au natural. It’s up to you!

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7. Suspend a minimalist wooden shelf to display those knick knacks.

For this DIY design, you’ll need a few pieces of wood (or more, depending on your desired result), a stretch of affordable rope, and some hooks to hang your masterpiece! Simply drill holes in the edges of the planks, feed the rope through the gaps, and knot the leftover cord underneath the actual board. Remember to start from top to bottom!

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8. Upgrade a set of plain barstools to a pair of high design furnishings.

The color possibilities are pretty much endless here. Go for a two-toned look or keep it uniform with a single shade. You’ll want to sand wooden stools before painting. Working with metal, wicker, or plastic frames? Try water-based acrylic, enamel, and oil-based paints respectively.

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9. Redesign that old TV tray to function as your new and improved nightstand.

For supplies, you’ll need a 1/2″ piece of plywood, a nail gun (or staple gun), your selected hardware (simply for looks in this design), as well as paint! Measure the existing tray sitting atop the legs of the table and cut the plywood into a matching ‘top’ piece. The exact dimensions will depend on how high you want the final surface to actually be. Don’t forget to carve out two side slices to form a complete closure. From there, you guessed it! Staple the wood slivers together, drill holes for and screw in the ‘drawer’ handle, and you’re done!

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10. Become your home’s own on-call artist with a few paintings.

Art supply stores will sell the canvas, stencils, paint, glitter, brushes, and other tools you need to create a masterpiece … or two. You might consider spraying or coating the finished pieces with a clear sealant to maximize their potential and help the quality last.

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11. Fool the eyes with a faux custom tile backsplash.

You’re looking at a simple paint job! It’s true! Many home improvement or hardware stores supply stencils for this very purpose. We recommend using colors that vary slightly from one another (maybe 1-3 shades in difference) to achieve a three dimensional, high design look.

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You’ve got the inspiration, information, and intelligence! It’s time to get creative!

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