You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful home. Here are seven of my favorite home decor hacks to help you decorate your home on a budget.
I always thought you were brilliant.
But this week?
You cemented your brilliance in my mind. You made me so happy to be your friend. You helped me to understand the amazing that is you.
All because I shared about sheets and the windows that love them. I shared one of my favorite home decor hacks that involved $6.77 twin sheets and how to line a curtain in the easiest and simplest and most inexpensive way.
And guess what?
You and your brilliant selves all agreed with me.
It turns out that you use sheets to line your curtains and back your quilts and make pillows and create dozens of simple, inexpensive home decor projects.
So today? I want to share more of my favorite home decor hacks.
Here are 11 simple, easy, inexpensive ideas to help your home live large.
(total aside: I could have easily listed 25, but I wasn’t sure we had enough coffee.)
Add molding over the windows
This is still one of my favorite home decor hacks ever.
It’s as simple as plywood and crown molding.
I think there is a myth about old farmhouses that were built in 1918. I think it was started in 1922 by a farmer who really wanted to sell his farmhouse. Somehow the rumor got started that old farmhouses are full of moldings and decorative details and beautiful old trim.
Now maybe there is a farmhouse built somewhere in a land far far away by an overly exuberant farmer with a fine decorative eye who was light years ahead of his other farmer friends. But he sure didn’t live here. I think our farmer was too busy, well….farming. You know. He was milking the cows, feeding the horses, cutting the hay, checking on the crops and all that.
He was much too busy for window molding.
So when we moved into the farmhouse, there were all these windows without molding on top of them. Plain ordinary windows without much drama or character.
Make transoms out of windows
Remember this space?
It was our kitchen at the farmhouse.
When we remodeled this room, we opened up the walls and created an opening between the two rooms. I was trying to figure out what to do up there. I tried adding corbels and more molding and leaving it blank—but it needed more.
I had a broken over-sized window in the trash that I found in the trash. A broken over-sized window that was sitting there calling my name. I drove it through town in the back of a truck with the entire county talking. First, we used the window to make a monthly chalkboard calendar for the family room wall.
And with all those the extra panes I found the solution to my problem for pennies with this simple home decor hack.
Painted plywood subfloor
See that floor with its giant checkerboard pattern that looks like it just rolled in from the country?
It’s just the plywood subfloor that we painted.
I know, right?
I can hear you asking yourself—can you even do that? Can you actually paint the plywood floor? Yes. Yes, Virginia, you can. It was one of the best flooring decisions we ever made.
This is our bedroom at the farmhouse. On top of this floor we had vintage (and I use the term very loosely) Berber carpet and I wanted wood. Expensive, wonderful, hand-scraped wood that looked like it had made the journey with the pilgrims over on the Mayflower.
But here’s a little floor math:
New hardwoods = $3500
Painted plywood sub-floor = $120.00.
With math like that and four children to eventually put through college the pilgrims were going to have to wait.
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial and one of my favorite decor hacks ever.
Using drop cloths for curtains
Drop cloths aren’t just for painting anymore.
They are one of the simplest (and cheapest) ways to have floor to ceiling curtain panels in your home.
I’ve painted them and stenciled them and washed them and thought about bleaching them and hung them on short rods and hung them on long rods and sewed them and no-sewed them and decorated my house with them for over a decade.
Turning paint sticks into a table top
This table top was pitiful.
It was covered with splattered paint and rings of where the spray paint can used to be and scratches and big chips in the veneer. Wobbly and woebegone and just waiting for a make-over.
Before and after furniture makeovers are one of my favorite decor hacks. They’re kind of like watching a really good makeover movie. Like the one about the girl who no one ever noticed because she always wore glasses and frumpy clothes with not cute hair and she was super shy. And she didn’t really have any friends. But you knew that she could be so cute if she just cut her hair and put on make-up and remake the prom dress that her dad gave her.
And then one day she bumped into the most popular guy in school who knocked her books over. And then he helped her up with her books and for a moment he gazed into her eyes….well actually he really gazed into her glasses, but it didn’t matter because he saw beyond those glasses and truly saw her for the first time. He saw her for the true beauty that she was and he asked her to homecoming and she turned from a shy, awkward ugly duckling into the belle of the ball in her beautiful remade prom dress.
See what I mean?
Nothing is better than a before and after.
Or one of my favorite home decor hacks.
Like this one.
Creating a faux wood table top
I had this plain white table and wanted something a little different. Something unique. Something that inspired me to write this blog when I sat down at that chair.
So I used painter’s tape and a wood graining tool to create another of my favorite home decor hacks.
Here’s the finished table set up in my office posing as a desk.
See how the top looks like wood?
Transform a builders grade door with paint
How do you transform a hollow core builder-grade door when you’re budget has already been spent on the ceiling and the floors and the walls and cute nail polish?
Meet a door’s best friend—paint.
Paint can help us pop out those panels and give the door visual interest and make it shine and look high-end and make the neighbors to sit up and take notice and say, “That is some door.”
Even if you never make a single one of these projects, I want you to leave today with this.
Decorating doesn’t have to be fancy.
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive.
Decorating isn’t all about spending a fortune.
A beautiful home can be yours with a few home decor hacks, a little imagination, some old windows, some paint sticks, a few drop cloths and a little paint. 🙂