Decorating our living spaces is not cheap! So I thought I would share 4 ways you can personalize your home on a budget. I have had the help of my husband building & hanging things for me. Otherwise, these are really simple, easy & cost effective DIYs to personalize your home on a budget! Whether you are owning or renting I believe you can make your space unique.
1. Accent Wall
Accent walls are my favorite way to add a personal touch to any room. Whether you choose something more permanent like ship lap or something more temporary like peel & stick removable wallpaper the options are truly limitless. Although, my favorite way to create an accent wall is with paint! All you need is a $5 sample of your choice of paint from your local hardware or paint store. (Tip: If you are renting ask your landlords or management if you can paint a wall, sometimes they allow it!)
Painting an accent wall still allows for so many options. You can use wall stencils to give the look of wallpaper, use painters tape to customize a geometric pattern or stripes, or you can make a fun ombre wall by gradually adding white paint to your choice of color.
Here are some examples of pained accent walls I found on Pinterest!
For our home I chose to paint a solid Indigo Blue accent wall in our dining room to personalize our space. It really helps to define the room & add visual interest.
2. Reuse Decor
Before you go on a shopping spree for new home decor, shop your home! Look for items that no longer suit your taste & decide whether or not you can change the look of it; especially before you donate or sell something. For instance I wanted to change the frame of our mirror that I wasn’t liking the style of as much anymore. So, with some matte black chalk paint I already had I painted the frame. The paint completely transformed the mirror & I absolutely love how it turned out!
3. Painted Door
I have seen people do this for years & always loved the way it looked. It’s such an easy thing to do! I recently decided to paint our door with the same sample of paint I used for our accent wall. This was a quick day project that really made an impact!
I am not sure this would be allowed in a rental. Instead, find some fun peel & stick removable wallpaper or contact paper to apply to the inside of your door to personalize your space!
4. Pet Furniture
If you have pets you know how obnoxious some of their beds, toys & other items can look. Sometimes there’s no way around it but I’ll bet there’s a simple DIY out there that can be a game changer for you & your pet.
We have 1 dog & 2 cats. Around our house we have created a few spaces for them that are functional as well as visually appealing. For instance in our kitchen we created a ‘feeding station’ for our dog at the end of our lower kitchen cabinets. It holds his food & water bowl while keeping it off the ground for easy clean up. We made it ourselves based off DIYs we found online. Super easy & cute!
In the living room we also made something for our cats, which makes our wall space more functional! Once we hung up the mirror (as mentioned earlier) I wasn’t satisfied with the amount of unused wall space that was left. That’s when I decided it was the perfect opportunity to utilize the space for some cat shelves.
I’ve seen variations of cat shelves all over pinterest & always thought they could be fun to have somewhere in our home. So, hubby made a few hexagon shaped wood shelves & he securely hung them around the mirror. With one longer shelf above the mirror for them to walk across to the other shelves.
This was a really cheap project & I absolutely love how it turned out! Here’s a picture of my inspiration, then below that is a picture of my vision for the space & then the final product.
Thank you so much for reading this weeks post! Please leave a comment letting me know what you think & whether or not you’ve utilized any of these already in your home.
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