12+ DIYs That Can Be Done On The Cheap To Upgrade Your Home

Brittany Rae 4 Jan 2021

Is your decor feeling a little...stale? I hear you. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to hire a HGTV-level interior designer, but there are some budget-friendly DIYs out there that can upgrade your space. Get ready to DIY, decorate, and save money!

1. DIY your own new light fixture.

I'll never understand why lighting is as expensive as it is! Pick up a hanging light kit from Amazon or Ikea, then choose a shade or cage for it. Boom, new pendant for under $20.

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2. Frame out your space with some plywood for some funky faux wainscotting.

I mean, no one is going to be able to tell you used plywood, okay? Pick some up at the hardware store and have it cut to size (Home Depot does it for free), then paint and install.

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3. Create a fairy light headboard for less than $40.

Instagram | @festivelightsltd

Hell yeah! This is a great project for a teen or dorm room, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want this in my grown-up room. Get the supplies and the instructions right here.

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4. Swap your tiles out with adhesive tiles.

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Seriously, I cannot emphasize just how cheap it is to cover up your backsplash with some vinyl tiles. You can buy them in bulk, and they come in some truly gorgeous styles these days.

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5. Turn thrifted bowls into a cute little candle.

Want one of those huge candles everyone seems to have, but don't want to pay for it? Hit up the thrift store and pick up two bowls. Paint them and glue them together, then pour your candle in!

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6. Frame your TV.

YouTube | The Sorry Girls

No, seriously — it's possible, and it's possible to do cheaply. If you need a large frame, hit up the thrift store and start searching. Paint what you find, then pop it on your TV!

Here's a WAY more in-depth tutorial from The Sorry Girls.

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7. Paint away your tile problems.

Painting tile is no small change, trust me. You'll need paint specifically made for high-traffic areas, and you'll need a good sealer for it. But it's so worth it.

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8. Replace your carpeted stairs for way less than hardwood costs.

Facebook | StareCasing

Meet StairCasing, the absolute coolest thing I've ever seen. Instead of laying down new hardwood, rip off the carpet and pop these bad boys on. Find out more on their website.

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9. Move your curtain rods up.

If you want to give your room the illusion of height, move those curtain rods up a few inches. Get some gorgeous (but reasonably priced) curtains and get ready to live your baroque fantasy!

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10. Layer placemats on your wall.

I know, it sounds insane. But look at how chic it turned out! Pick up some placemats with different, interesting textures and layer them on a wall, then add some plants. Boom, art.

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11. Add some shine.

If you're a fan of metallics like I am, then you'll be thrilled to hear that the shine on this dresser is actually PAINT! I know, I was shocked, too. Add some metal flair with paint and keep it chic!

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12. Give your walls some dimension.

I can't begin to tell you how inexpensive this DIY is. Ask your local hardware store for tips and hit them up for tool rentals, then get to working!

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13. Make your own chandelier!

Guys, lighting is insanely expensive. Instead of shelling out for a large lighting piece, design your own with wood beads and some string! How cute does this look?

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14. Build yourself a gorgeous desk.

Seriously, this is something anyone can do. I'm sitting at a DIY desk right now! If you can't woodwork (I certainly can't), pick up a counter from Ikea that will do the job!

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15. Give your mirrors some personality.

Round mirrors are all the rage right now, but the framed ones can get pricey. Pick up a cheap one and DIY yourself a frame, or add some fun details to an existing one!

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16. Give a kid's room a tiny makeover with some wall decals!

How cute is this? You can pick up wall decals on Amazon for around $10 a package and totally fake some wallpaper. This is a renter-friendly way to skip the wallpaper glue!

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17. Give old furniture a bit of spice.

Tired of your furniture, but don't have the funds to replace it? Same. That's why I opted for this: contact paper! Buy a roll and put it on table tops and inside cabinets!

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I mean, this just makes sense. It's a relatively inexpensive way to make a BIG change in your home, and keep your furniture fresh. Who doesn't love a good coat of white paint?

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19. Make your own art!

If you don't have the money to buy art, or just don't feel like shelling it out, then make your own! Michael's always has coupons for your supplies, and the internet is full of inspiration for you.

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20. Use popsicle sticks to make shelves!

Layering popsicle sticks in a hexagon pattern is a great way to make those trendy shelves, without having to shell out for them. Paint them white and no one will ever know!

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21. Hide unsightly cords.


This is the fastest way to make your home look more streamlined and chic, trust me. Pick up a cord cover for those dangling cords and never look at those ugly things again.

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22. Use a sponge to create a wallpaper-like pattern on your walls.

TikTok | @builtonloveandquakerstreet

Sure, you could try and buy wallpaper with that pattern, but it's going to cost you a pretty penny. Keep your money and grab yourself a sponge instead!

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