Last Updated on December 30, 2020
Are you tired of your old, dull home furniture? Do you spend hours and hours scrolling through home decoration Instagram accounts dreaming of a thousand different ways to redecorate your house? Well, you are not alone. Many people would really love to make complete renovations to their homes to get them to their liking. The problem is when you look at the prices of the pieces of furniture that you like and start adding them all up.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a big fortune buying stylish designer furniture to have your dream home décor. There are many cheap ways to revamp your old furniture and make it look amazing. You just need a little inspiration, creativity, good taste, and crafting skills (or willingness to acquire them).
Here are a few DIY home décor ideas that will get you started!
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1. Replace Knobs And Handles
This little trick might be enough to give your old cabinets a new life. There is a huge variety of knobs and handles in every major furniture store, so you will find something that suits your style, and that can make your kitchen or bathroom cabinets much more appealing.
If you have very simple and kind of boring cabinets, installing some fancy handles will certainly make all the difference. Besides, these items are extremely cheap and easy to replace! You shouldn’t have any trouble doing it yourself.
2. Reupholster Your Old Sofa
The upholstery of a sofa usually gets worn out pretty quickly- Especially if you sit in the same spot every day, for the whole evening – as most of us do. Even if the fabric is of very high quality, it’s only a matter of time before you start to notice the wear. It is simply unavoidable. But that doesn’t mean that you should throw away your sofa after a few years of intensive use.
Just find a new upholstery to replace your old one. You can take this opportunity to choose a color or pattern that best suits your living room décor. Unless you have some experience, this is not something that you should DIY. There are small local businesses or craftsmen who do this kind of work, so you will have to find one near you – but keep in mind that all this can be a little bit on the expensive side.
3. Refinish Your Old Furniture
This is one of the most fun ways to revamp your furniture. It’s as simple as sanding it down and repainting it with a nice color. Of course, there are proper techniques to do these tasks, but you can learn them quickly. If you don’t like to see the brush strokes on a handpainted piece of furniture, you can invest in a paint spray gun. They are cheap and will make the refinishing process a lot easier and quicker!
Once you finish the job and see the final result, you will feel a distinct sense of accomplishment that will make you like it even more. You might even fall in love with refinishing old furniture, who knows. You also can tell your friends how you revamped your dresser the next time you welcome them to your house. They’ll certainly be impressed!
Decoupage is a handcraft technique that consists of decorating an item by gluing paper cutouts onto it. It is usually combined with paint effects and other decorative elements. As long as you have the right materials, this technique is incredibly easy to learn and apply. Give it a try!
With a little bit of creativity, you can turn a banal item into a piece of stylish furniture. From bedside tables and small stools to dining tables, anything can get a new sparkle with decoupage. It’s up to you then to play with the patterns and colors to make the piece fit perfectly into your home environment.
5. Paint Your Old Bathtub
Old bathtubs are big, corny, and honestly, quite ugly. But a new painting might be enough to transform them completely and make them a vintage piece of exquisite taste. The best part is that it is a relatively easy thing to do. Cover the parts that you don’t want to paint with tape, gently sand the outer layer of the tub, apply a primer, and two coats of paint afterward. That’s it. Don’t worry if the painting job doesn’t turn out perfect. The imperfections can make it even more gorgeous.
Use this trick to make your bathtub the centerpiece of your bathroom. Add a few more details here and there, and you’ll end up with a completely different bathroom that will certainly look more luxurious.
6. Wood burning
Also known as pyrography, wood burning is the art of decorating wood pieces with burn marks made by a heated object – usually a poker. This technique was first used in the 17th century, and it became hugely popular in the 19th century due to the invention of pyrography machines. Although it can be used to make complex works of art, it is also easy for an inexperienced person to learn quickly and start making simple patterns.
It’s a great hack to make a piece of inexpensive stylish furniture look more premium. If you have wooden furniture in desperate need of a twist, this might be a great solution. There are lots of in-depth tutorials on pyrography available online for free – make sure to check them out!
7. Buy A Couple Of New Pillows
Sometimes the best way to make your living room or your bedroom more aesthetically pleasing can be as simple as throwing some beautiful and colorful pillows in there. That’s right. You probably don’t need to buy a new bed or a new sofa. Two new pillows might be more than enough to change the vibe of either room completely. You can even purchase different pillows every two years, so you never get tired of the décor.