I’ve been busy this summer with the kids home and I haven’t had much time to do any projects. With that being said, you’ve probably noticed a “home tips” series I’ve started where I’ve been sharing thoughts and ideas on anything home! I’m always seeking out inspiration, and I wanted to share a few of my old fun Upcycled DIY’s and a few others that will help anyone decorate on a budget.
Upcycled Picture Frames
Don’t throw out any of those old picture frames that you’ve got lying around! A simple Idea to upcycle those old frames is to print out fun quotes and display them in those frames.
Below is a picture frame my uncle made from wood from the family farm. It had a generic picture in it, one that didn’t really fit my style. Easy answer; change it out with a free printable you can find online!
Upcycled Storage Ideas
When storage shelves seem too expensive, why not make your own storage solution! I needed a budget friendly storage idea for all my sons Legos (and some of my daughters toys), so I created a cheap Lego Storage Solution.
This storage table consists of a piece of plywood and three simple storage bins!
Upcycled Rain Gutter Shelves
If you’re keen on the idea of makeshift storage, then why not try making some out of rain guttering. Word to the wise, make sure that you use guttering with a flat bottom otherwise you won’t be able to stand anything on your new shelves. This won’t take any preparation at all, simply screw them into the wall.
Upcycled Painted Vases or Mason Jars
Buying a vase with an interesting design on it is going to cost you significantly more than buying a plain glass one. Then you are completely free to do whatever you want with them, the possibilities are endless. Swirl painting is a really easy and fun way to turn a boring glass vase into something cool.
Another idea is to upcycle mason jars with a little paint! All it takes a little paint, some twine, and a few flowers and now you have a great upcycled decoration!
Upcycled DIY Pine Boards into a headboard
A stylish looking headboard for the bedroom will set you back a fair few dollars but if you make your own you could save yourself a huge amount of money. It’s easy to make a great headboard from a few pieces of salvaged wood.
Upcycled Ottoman From An Old Tire
Now, this is one cool project; you can easily make a rustic looking ottoman out of an old tire, some rope and some MDF circles the size of the tire. Once you’ve given the tire a quick clean, screw the circles of MDF onto the top and bottom. Get a glue gun and your rope and, starting from the center of the wood, stick down one end of the rope and spiral outwards. Once you’ve finished attaching the rope to the wood, do the same around the tire, always making sure to keep it tight.
DIY Chalkboard Paint
If you aren’t a confident painter then you might be reluctant to paint the whole room. With blackboard or chalkboard paint, you don’t need to be an expert to get it looking good. Before you do anything, if you are a renter, check with your landlord because a lot of hdb resale apartments don’t allow for any changes (this includes paint too). Check out this picture from Pinterest and see how the paint really transforms the space!
Before you start painting, the walls will need a quick rub down with sandpaper to get rid of any lumps and bumps. Then give the wall a quick wipe down to get rid of any dust. Let them dry and then start painting. It’s a very forgiving paint and it doesn’t need to be completely smooth so it’s perfect for people that aren’t experts at DIY. Blackboard paint is a great addition to use on a single wall in the house, but don’t go overboard with it. Guests can leave you messages when they come over and if you’re so inclined, you can draw pictures and murals on the wall. That way, you can keep changing it every few weeks or so.
I’m hoping this gave you a little inspiration of budget friendly upcycled DIY’s to try. It’s always fun to create something out of nothing!
As always, thanks for following along friends.