Some of my favorite decorating projects I like to share with others are ones that are simple or inexpensive. Today, I am featuring some of the easiest projects I have completed in my home that you can do yourself. These projects do not require a lot of skill level to complete and most are very inexpensive. I call these projects my “small steps that make a big impact”. A few of them were completed in just a few hours and others took no more time than a weekend to complete.
I have explained why the projects were so simple and I hope they will encourage you to take them on yourself, especially if you are someone who may be intimidated by taking on DIY projects. Each photo includes a link if you want to see the full project post. I hope they will give you the ideas you need to spruce-up your space!
I searched for quite a while for the right curtains for our kitchen window but I just couldn’t seem to find any with the colors we had in our kitchen or they just weren’t affordable. These Aqua Ikat napkins from World Market were the perfect solution and the price was right at just under $8 for a set of four. I simply hooked them on to ring clips and hung them on a tension rod, and they make the perfect, colorful cafe curtains in our kitchen window.
This project was super easy and was finished just in time for the holidays after a little shopping. Thanks to the excitement about my fun finds in the Target dollar spot, I decided to refresh our Grandparent’s old tray with Watco Butcher Block Oil, which is a food-safe finish. I love how easy it was to prepare this surface to serve snacks for holiday entertaining and the tray looks beautiful!
I’m sure you’ve seen this plenty of times on Pinterest, but I have to share it because this project was an easy last-minute decision and I got started right away. I used this turquoise color on my outdoor buffet and had plenty left over. Once my fireplace mantel was finished, I kept thinking of ways I could add color because the whole look was kind of boring, even with the decorative accents I had. I painted both of my built-ins in no time and it was such an easy way to change the look of our fireplace and bookshelves. I would recommend painting the back of your bookshelves because it gives nice contrast to make your decorative accents stand out and added to the look of the entire room.
I really lucked out finding this beautiful coffee table at our local thrift store for $40, but that deal didn’t come without some damage. This coffee table was covered with scratches and I thought I would try touching them up with Sharpie Oil Markers before trying to completely refinish it- and they did an amazing job making this thrift store find look brand new! This project was my version of adult coloring…
If you have recessed lighting in your kitchen and want an easy way to update to pendant lighting, these pendant conversion kits from Lowes are the perfect solution. The only electrical work I had to do for this project was turning off the breaker to install them, which is really the only electrical skill I have (haha). The kit itself includes a piece that twists right into the recessed light where the light bulb goes and there are plenty of pendant shades to choose from that attach to it. The kit is around $20 and the shade is another $20, so around $40 per pendant. Not bad considering the cost of pendant lighting and they are so easy to install.
A little cleaning, a few pieces of painter’s tape, and a pretty gold glass spray paint, and this plain glass vase got a stylish and inexpensive update! I paid almost as much for the flowers as I did for this project, and it took no time at all to complete. Most of that time was spent waiting for the paint to dry.
It’s always nice to spot free pieces of furniture, especially when you see that is has potential. This roadside find was perfect to turn into a pretty planter by simply adding spray paint and a round planter that fit perfectly inside the missing seat. I used a 2-in-1 primer and paint from Rust-Oleum that was an easy one-step process that gave it a beautiful finish. This is a really simple project to complete and makes a nice decorative piece for your porch or patio…or in our case, the carport.
This particular project was not one that takes a few hours- more like a weekend project, but for DIY shelves, it was pretty easy to do! The part of this project that took the most time was the measuring and making sure the shelves were level. Once those steps were done it was very simple to put them together and most fun decorating them! They are strong, sturdy shelves and don’t require any building skill. The shelves only needed one coat of stain, which I would recommend staining before installing the pipes, so the shelves are dry and ready to hang once you start!
I am not very experienced with floral crafts, so when I saw these flower clips at Michaels, I knew those were just what I needed to create a simple and pretty wreath for my newly painted front door. Most of my time on this project was spent wrapping the jute twine around the foam base, which wasn’t hard to do at all. This project did not require a glue gun, which was nice because I do not get along with glue guns for some reason. The nice part about using flower clips is that this wreath is interchangeable…so in the fall, I can just remove these clips and add my fall flowers!
I am not a fan of wallpaper, but this peel-and-stick wallpaper made the job of adding liners to the drawers of my toolbox-turned-dining cart much easier! I don’t like wallpaper because it’s so permanent and difficult to remove and I did not want to attach something permanent to my Grandfather’s hand-built toolbox- especially if I change my mind anytime soon about it. I also found the peel-and-stick wallpaper easy to apply to the bottom of the drawers. This project did not take long at all and added a decorative touch to the inside of my furniture piece!
Yes, another peel-and-stick product…this time I’m talking vinyl tile! This was an easy upgrade and only cost around $7! I found these peel-and-stick tiles at Home Depot and with some measuring and a utility knife, our 60s bathroom vanity had a nice, new surface on the inside. When you see the before pictures, you’ll know what I’m talking about…
Last, but not least- decorating with pieces you already have is always a great way to save money and get creative! I looked around under cabinets and inside drawers to find these items to decorate a dresser I had just refinished. My Gramma’s vintage glass pitcher made the perfect vase for my fresh-cut hydrangeas, and looked so pretty sitting on her books. If you have an empty space you want to decorate, I always recommend searching around your house first to see if something you already have will work. You might be surprised what you can come up with!