… Your expensive interior designer never told you about!
Ok, not that I have ever had an “expensive interior designer, but I am sure if I hired one, they wouldn’t be into the DIY, make it look like it cost $5000 on a $50 budget, etc etc. I feel like those are only things that happen on HGTV. So with a little pinning, and some research I found some really cool ways you can spice up a room in your house on a budget, which is going to come in handy when David and I move in to our new place in a few months (more on that as is progresses)
1. Beadboard upgrades!
I know, I know beadboard is all the rage in that rustic shabby chic design craze right now, but who wants to break the bank and spend all that time hanging beadboard, when you can get the same effect with a roll of wall paper! Im not even kidding! You can get it at Lowes on the cheap, like as low as $15 a roll.
And some are even designed to be painted over so you can have some color besides white, but… alas, I am a traditionalist, and I enjoy the coastal coolness of a nice white bead board. I especially love it on cabinets, buuut im not sure the wallpaper is your best bet on that one, however… if you’re brave enough to try, give me a shout and let me know how that worked.
2. Concrete Countertops
No, I do not want you to go out and have someone pour you custom made countertops to fit your existing kitchen, while that may be somewhat cheaper than the nicer stone options, its still not super cheap, but you know what is…. ARDEX overlawys, orginally used to refinish floors, this blogger shows you how to apply it on top of an existing ugly countertop to get those to-die-for concrete surfaces with a little elbow grease and DIY.
3. Mercury Glass
If you’re ever on pinterest, I know you have seen this one, but I still really love it and its such a cheap alternative to BUYING an antique mercury glass piece. These Pottery Barn lamps are over $250. I mean, most lamps from there are expensive, but you could buy a glass lamp from Ikea for like $20 or $30 and do thsi faux finish and only spend like 10-15% of the original cost. So much more cost effective!
This blog has an awesome tutorial and list of what you need, I have tried this before, because I had some of the looking glass spray pint left from another project, and once you get the hang of it, it definitely works, but dont be mad if you have to doa couple trial runs first. I’d try your luck with some dollar tree glass votives to test first. But I think hers turned out really awesome!
4. The Industrial Faux Finish
Sometimes, we think that to get that rustic old look you have to be willing to go out hunting in antique shops, or thrift stores for that perfect find, but sometimes all you need is a little paint. This blogger created an industrial rusted faux finish on some paper mache letters, and it looks so cool! Imagine all the different things you could put this finish on to get those rustic accent pieces for your home!
5. Through the looking glass!
This isnt really a faux finish, but its a great way to spice up the same old pice of furniture time and time again. Add a glass top and frame it out, OR buy a table that already has glass a glass top and place a decorative paper underneath, you can give it TONS of different looks with minimal effort and its a great way to add some extra pizzaz to your holiday decor, throughout the year!
So! get to gettin and jazz up your home on the cheap, especially during these cold winter months before the outdoors start calling and your knee deep in landscaping, deck refinishing, garden planting, and every other outdoor project that you do to prep for summer!