Your house is your haven. Your home is an extension of your mental state. And its beauty can directly boost your mental stability. Unfortunately, not everyone has the budget to invest in beautifying their homes. But what if you can refine your house’s beauty further without having to empty your pockets? With online hardware wholesalers like Banner Solutions, getting DIY and construction supplies from your local hardware has become more accessible.
So the only thing you’d have to consider now is how willing you are to get your hands dirty. Because if you are, here are six budget-friendly DIY projects that can lift your house’s interior beauty to greater heights:
1. Upholster Your Closet Doors
Closets are usually one of the first things you’ll have to look at as you start your day. Planning what to wear can be a burden if your closet is plain and boring. To solve this vanilla problem, choose a fabric that either goes well with your walls or stands out elegantly and covers your closet doors with it. Remove the doors from the hinges and attach the perfectly measured fabric using either cloth or wood adhesive or your standard construction staples. Once all you finish that, place it back up, and voila! You have a new artsy closet!
- Pro tip: You can add foam to make it look bulkier but just make sure that the corners of the doors still have enough space to close properly.
2. Self-Print Your Gallery
Art has always been a great way to beautify a space. Staring at beautiful portraits and paintings on your wall can bring peace to your mind. But you don’t have to attend auctions to pay millions of dollars to get that beauty on your wall.
Print the images you like on fine textured paper and frame them by yourself. It gives more flexibility since you’ll have the whole internet as your brochure. You can even print pictures you have a personal investment in.
- Pro tip: Coffee is known to be a great agent in aging paper. Brush the fine-textured paper with coffee and let it dry before printing on it to give it a classic look.
3. Create Faux Brick Walls
Enjoy a more industrial design without having to spend your savings. You can get faux brick panels for $30 or less. And it’s relatively easy to do. Just secure the placement of the panels on the walls with a nail gun and randomly add spackle on some of the brick figures to make it more realistic. Once dried, paint it with a variety of brick-colored flat paint shades.
- Pro tip: Avoid the unnecessary mess by attaching scotch tape to all the edges of the panels and the crevices between bricks.
4. Create Faux Marble Countertops
To create an elegant look, you need to have a white primer for glossy surfaces, a gray paint that’s preferably latex, white iridescent glitter, a sea sponge, sand-paper, and a super glaze ultra-gloss epoxy that’s only less than $20 at your local hardware.
Remember, the key is to make the surface as smooth as possible. Once you’ve caulked the seams and scraped excess bulges, paint at least three coats of white primer on the surface. Use a feather or a smaller paintbrush to draw crooked lines with the gray paint once the white coating dries up. After drawing the vein, use the sea sponge to blot and blend the gray paint with the white and repeat the process until you get the perfect depth you want. Once you’re happy with it, let it dry and apply the glossy epoxy on the surface, and enjoy the new fancy marble countertop in your kitchen.
- Pro tip: Use straws to gently blow the epoxy’s bubbles without ruining the smoothness of the surface.
5. Repurpose Your Encyclopedias into a Coffee Table
Since it’s probably been years since you last read them, it will be better to repurpose them as a table instead. Drill a hole in the middle of the books and glue them on top of each other. Imagine creating an A to J encyclopedic tornado. Skewer the dowel or any other form of a rod inside the holes and attach it to your tabletop.
- Pro tip: You can do this with any book, but the key is to use a series to have that sleek uniformity. You can even paint the tabletop to make it more suitable for your base.
6. Go with Bottled Lighting
This list ends with a suggestion for improving your light fixtures and a solution to your alcoholic needs. Here’s another reason for you to down that bottle of wine!
Colored glass bottles can be great recycled lamps. You can use your old lamp base or create a new one with a couple of small planks. Drill a hole at the bottom of the bottle for wiring purposes. Make sure you fill the bottle with water to cool the drill bit and trap the glass dust. Once you finish that, glue the bottle to the wood base and install the light kit inside. Attach the lampshade, and voila! You’ve created a masterpiece.
- Pro tip: It looks better if the label of the bottle is still intact. Cover it with plastic and tape to ensure its preservation throughout the process.
Beauty is priceless. And there are many ways to achieve it without having to spend too much. But most importantly, remember that just like all these crafting ideas, you can do everything on your own. In the end, the best thing to do is to DIY your happiness.