A variety of rustic elements are on display on this porch, including wagons made of crates, and accessories such as an old Coca-Cola bottle crate. The red, green and blue wagons were a DIY project by blogger Jenna LeFeron from Rain on a Tin Roof for Crates & Pallet, an Atlanta-based company.
Create a cohesive look next to your kitchen cabinets with a trio of shelves in the same hue. Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who works at a design center and blogs about home decor and DIY projects, used inexpensive white shelves from IKEA to update her kitchen, before fully taking on a remodel.
What an perfect area to spend some alone time potting plants or fun with the family. This amazing outdoor mudroom doubles as a potting station where you can be creative and fun. Packed with DIY projects, this space can easily be achieved at a low cost and all you need is a level surface.
There are many great DIY projects using shipping pallets. Why not use one for your wedding guest book? Let friends and family share their “key to success” on paper tags attached with small keys – these can be found at your local craft store. Be sure to add nails to the pallet so there’s a place for the tags to hang.
Combine unfinished stock cabinets to create an island that puts your DIY skills to the test. A DIY project from Lowe’s uses stock boards and plywood to wrap the cabinets and a 21 ¼-inch wide by 56-inch long countertop. Painted a different color than the rest of the cabinets, this kitchen island cheat looks more like a custom piece of furniture than a money-saving project.
The contained nature of a small urban courtyard gives you a huge opportunity to bring in a cool feature. Cultivators Design and Landscape purchased the orange container and retro-fitted a fountain around it for a custom industrial fountain. A fountain also can be cheaper than a waterfall. You can re-create the look as a DIY project using a garden pot you already own or hunting at yard sales.
The home is divided into upper and lower levels by this short stairway in the middle of the space. Originally an entirely different room, homeowners Tze and Geoff had the extra walls removed and expanded the staircase. Tze took the opportunity for a beautiful DIY project by wallpapering the stairs in this fun pineapple pattern by Rifle Paper Co. which is only visible when heading up from the downstairs area.
To create the perfect city escape Mikel added in rural and rustic elements. In this case, the designer drew on his Trading Spaces experience with a DIY project. Mikel couldn’t get barn doors delivered in a small New York elevator, so he decided to build his own. “This is New York and we don’t have yards,” he says, “so I had to bring the wood up and build the doors in my living room.”
If your house is more than 50 years old and has a radiator or steam heat in the basement, be aware that you may have asbestos pipe insulation. It looks like a plaster cast wrapped around the pipes, and if you aren’t sure what kind of insulation it is, don’t touch it — get it inspected right away by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Removal is not a DIY project under any circumstances.
It’s a common misconception that DIY is the best way to save money, but it isn’t always the case. You'll want to evaluate whether or not you have the skills, time, budget or supplies to complete certain DIY projects for your big day. For example, don’t take on woodworking projects that require expensive equipment and experience if you’ve never done any wood cutting before. Instead, leave the difficult projects to the professionals or purchase from an artisan on Etsy!
Wall art comes in all shapes and sizes, especially if it's a DIY project. This black-and-white piece is inspired by the pattern of an Ikea pillow and uses plywood and paint, by Allison Fannin of Two Thirty-Five Designs. Another affordable idea for a holiday mantel is to place extra ornaments in a glass jar. She also repainted the chair (an estate sale find) in front of the fireplace gold and recovered the cushion.
A couple of coats of a high-quality gold spray paint makes an affordable table ready for a party. “Our bar area is clean and simple with plenty of personality,” says Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who blogs about home decor and DIY projects. “We keep an edited mix of liquors and a fresh selection of add-ins, such as herbs grown in our garden, lemons and limes.” She tucked chic faux fur stools--an IKEA hack--underneath for additional seating.
Boxwoods, such as the 'Green Mountain' boxwood on the left side of this contemporary patio, are wise, cost-concious purchases for courtyard shrubs because they have handsome foliage and grow to 3 feet high by 3 feet wide. Also, layering is a part of outdoor design. A plexiglass panel is front of a cedar fence in this patio by A Blade of Grass, which won an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award. A plexiglass screen also can be a DIY project.
Just in time for the brisk sweater weather of fall, this pergola-covered back deck was outfitted for autumn with comfy cushions and throws, evergreen and earth-tone touches and a clever DIY lighting project.
When couples combine furniture, sometimes major pieces, like a bed, need to be freshened up. Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who blogs about home decor and DIY projects, transformed a queen cherry sleigh bed that belonged to her husband, Josh, with upholstery. She used a cheap drop cloth and a roll of brass decorative nails. “I love the look of the drop-cloth, a beautiful natural color with subtle texture, and the nailheads bring the added style that helps to tie it to the rest of our room.”
For this low-budget DIY headboard project, a jigsaw is needed to cut the shape of the top into an arch. Lowe’s describes this round-top headboard project as requiring intermediate skill and says it can be accomplished in a weekend.