Three DIY Home Decor Improvements

Let’s face it, we all want to give our homes a little bit of a face lift every now and again, but not all of us have the money to do so! If you don’t have the money to buy things you want for your home,  it can be difficult to get the improvements you want, but here are three DIY home improvements you can do for little money and less time!

  • Repurpose or Build and Paint a Bench

Having a bench in your house can really increase not only the look, but the functionality of your house too! They can be used for a plethora of things, whether it be putting shoes under or using it to put coats on, or simply using it was intended, as somewhere to sit! You can put benches anywhere depending on their size.  A small bench could go in your hall and a large one could go outside in your garden! You can buy wooden beams to make your benches out of from websites like Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, these sites allow you to buy any size wooden beams you want, giving you the perfect choice on how big to build your bench!

If you are interested in repurposing an old piece into a bench, I’ve created a few ideas below.

This bench was repurposed from an old computer hutch. You can see all the details and the before pictures HERE.

DIY Jenny Lind crib to bench or daybed

This is another way I’ve repurposed an old Jenny Lind Crib. For more details on this post and to see how I stabilized this old crib, click HERE.

  • Stick On Wall Pieces

Stick on wall pieces, while not homemade, are still an excellent addition to any room and can completely changed the look of it! There is a wide array of products available, but sticking to the wooden theme you can purchase Plank and Mill’s peel and stick quality wood walls to add a little rustic charm. The way in which these products function is very simple, all you have to do is stick them onto the wall that you wish to cover! There are no tools required and so the process is very simple and easy, an excellent choice if you want a wood themed room but don’t have the money or time to install real wood! They are easily removable too, so if you want to change them for something else you can.

I created another idea from stick on wall planks, but I used floor glue and vinyl tiles instead. For more ideas check out my SHIPLAP with no power tools post.

Shiplap with no power tools

shiplap with no power tools

  • Home Made Signs

Another excellent DIY example that is simple and costs very little is making signs for your home! You can find a good example of this below, using a flat, solid surface such as wood or steel that you can purchase from websites like MetalsDepot.  

Image transfer to wood

If you don’t have an already made template to transfer to a solid surface, you could make your own like I did with my DIY Vintage Bakery Sign. 

DIY vintage Bakery SIgn

Doing any one of these options is guaranteed to make a substantial change to your house, whether it’s putting a bench in your hall or creating a more rustic look with wood planks on the wall.  You might be surprised at how creative you can be with a little time, and even less money!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day,


2 thoughts on “Three DIY Home Decor Improvements

  1. Hi Lindsey, what are your thoughts on raw wooden planks for walls? I’ve recently seen a surge in their popularity and have worked on a few projects with natural wood, especially in kitchens, however, I noticed that you’ve used plain wooden planks for your nautical-inspired wall. What was your reason for that? Was it simply cost and ease of installation as yours are stick-on? Anyway, they look great! I was just curious as, personally, I’m a big fan of raw wood and have found reclaimed wood to be an affordable solution for people looking for an authentic finish.

    1. Hi Alex,
      I love raw wooden planks for walls. For my nautical inspired room I used what was cheap and easy at that time. I do prefer, however, real wood or reclaimed wood. Depending on the style of the room and the look you are going for, I like both the white planks and the raw look too. I hope this answers your question. Have a great day!

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