Just because you don’t have a large decorating budget doesn’t mean you don’t like to change the looks of things around the house, every now and then. And, just because you don’t have a lot of time to spend on sprucing up the place doesn’t mean it can’t be done. There are many different projects you can do in minutes that will give furnishings, walls and other areas of the home a quick and inexpensive make-over. If you’re short on time and money, but you still want to make rooms and areas of the home look different somehow, here is a helpful list of things that won’t cost you much cash or effort.
Old picture frames offer you several options for changing the look of things you already have. Remove the glass and backing, paint them, then use double-sided tape to affix them to cornices, headboards, interior doors, cabinets and more. The ordinary frames look like molding when added to many different objects. You can paint them the same color as the object they’ll be attached to or go for a bolder look by painting the frames different colors than the objects on which they will be mounted.
Suspend a large picture frame from the kitchen ceiling with chain and screw-in hooks and you can quickly make a pan holder for above a counter. Use large “s” hooks to hold pans, skillets, utensils and other items to the backless, glass-less frame and you’ve created a unique decor piece that is useful and looks great. Place a board across the finished hanging frame and you’ve got a planter you can use in the living room, den or other area. Instead of setting plants on it you can make a cool hanging photo display for a bedroom or other room.
Roll towels up and you can quickly and easily make unusual pillows for your sofa. Just take a large towel and roll it from one short end to the other. Use double-sided tape to secure the end or take a few minute and hand-stitch it shut. Make smaller versions with hand towels to use in chairs. If you need to, roll one towel into another, if the single towel isn’t large enough. Make these for beds as well. A towel can easily turn into an organizer, too. Simply fold one end up to the center of the towel and stitch it in place. If you don’t have a machine use fabric glue. After folding the end up you’ll see that it forms one large pocket. Stitch or glue once or twice, vertically down the pocket, to split one pocket into two or three. Hang the towel over the arm of a couch or chair, use corkscrew hooks to secure it, and you’ve instantly created a hanging organizer for tv guides, remote controls, eyeglasses and much more.
Good quality tape can go a long way towards giving a make-over to many different things. Use plastic, colored tape to instantly change mirrors, picture frames, cornices, mantles, lamps, lampshades, trash cans, umbrella stands and much, much more. Use metallic tape to create even more facelifts for your things. The metallic tape is sold at craft stores and dispenses like Scotch tape. Change the look of windows, sliding glass doors, glass coffee tables, vases and many more items. Create a whole new color theme for an area or a room by using lengths of tape to make borders and other accents on things around the room.
Shapes of wood can be used to make many things around your home look instantly different. You’ll find many flat, wooden shapes, in various sizes, at most any craft store. Some craft stores offer painted versions of the wood and others offer them only in an unfinished condition. Find them in shapes of flowers, animals, geometric shapes and much more. Paint them and use them to change the look of hampers, baskets, cornices, mirrors, picture frames, night stands, head or foot boards, canisters and even curtain tie-backs. Double-sided tape can help you attach the shapes quickly to most any other object.
Check dollar tables at fabric stores to search for inexpensive fabrics you can use around the house. Lengths of lace or other wispy fabrics can be tied around kitchen chairs to make a beautiful bow for special occasions or any time. Lengths of fabric can also decorate the mantle, a headboard, or even a kitchen table. Squares of fabric can instantly change the look of table tops, night stands, plant stands and more. Use fabric glue to quickly add lace or ribbon trim to certain fabrics to make them more attractive.
Paint markers are an inexpensive way to change many different things around the house. Although they look similar to and work just like ordinary markers they contain real paint that can be applied to various areas of your home. Use the markers to change the look of baseboards, mirrors, picture frames, mantles, lamps and lampshades, headboards, cornices, hampers and many other things. You can use them with stencils to create literally hundreds of different make-overs around your house.
You don’t have to have a whole lot of money to change the decor in your home. Use inexpensive things in unusual or easy ways to change the look of things yourself. You can change just one room or the entire house with very little money or effort! Although you can’t replace the actual furnishings for pennies you can certainly give a facelift or make-over to many things for little cash.