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Top 25 DIY Decorating Ideas Under $100

Written by Kacy Daley on Sunday, 22 December 2013 12:00 am
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So if you're like me, you have either pinned or bookmarked tons of different websites that have simple DIY ideas/projects that you never end up doing! Personally, I believe this is because you have 3 different sites telling you 3 different ways to do it, then you get overwhelmed and give up. So I decided to create a list (with pictures) of my top favorite 25 do-it-yourself projects so it is all in one place! Many of these I have done myself and they turned out great. I might even put in a couple of my failed projects in here because maybe you are cooler than me and can do it better :). I have also added multiple ways to do some of them and you can choose the one you like best.

NOW LET ME TELL YOU, if you are NOT like me and the thought of DIY'ing something sounds worse than taking a bullet, keep reading because some of these things are soooo easy to do and you probably just haven't thought of it yet! Embarrassed to admit this, but less than two years ago I didn't even know what DIY stood for and I had never attempted to do anything myself. But my first spray painting project turned out so well and it was so easy that I started doing more. Now half of my house I DIY'ed myself and I kid you not, I have spent less than a total of $250 on everything!

So onto the list...

 

1. Gold Side Table

(my personal favorite)
I bought a black iron console table from Garden Ridge for $45 (seriously, you can't beat that) that I spray painted gold. The shiny metallic instantly turned it into something beautiful that looks way more than $45. You can also do this with any old table that is similar that you already have. The steps to this were incredibly simple:

  1. Lay a drop cloth (you can get a set of 2 cheap plastic ones at Home Depot for $3) down wherever you want to paint and put the table in the middle of it. Mine had glass on the top of it so I removed it and set it inside. I spray paint things outside by my garage but put rocks on all four edges of the cloth just in case a gust of wind comes by.
  2. Get a slightly damp cloth and wipe the whole thing down. Let it dry completely.
  3. (Optional) This step is in every spray paint project but most of the time I skip it (especially if the item I am painting is new). But get some sandpaper and sand the whole thing down. Then get a damp cloth and wipe all the residue off and let it dry completely.
  4. Read the label on the back of the can and start spraying! Basically, you need to spray 10 inches from the table and go back and forth. Do not stay in one place too long or it will bubble up and start to drip (If that happens then just get a damp cloth and wipe it up and spray again over it). After you have spray painted the whole thing with one coat, wait about 10 minutes and then do another coat. Then wait 10 more minutes and do one more coat (I typically do 3 coats on my spray painting projects). You will not want to put a clear seal coat or anything on this because it will change the color of the metallic gold.
  5. Wait 24 hours till it completely dries and that's it! Put the glass on it, style it up, and feel a great since of accomplishment that you painted a piece of furniture and it looks really $$!
     

** TIP ON GOLD SPRAY PAINT **

I have seriously tried about 5 different kinds and brands of gold spray paint. I have tested samples, shown them to other people, etc. and the one that looks the closest to real gold is Rustoleum's Bright Coat, Metallic Finish Gold spray paint.

Other awesome makeovers:

A great redo that Megan posted on her Honey We're Home Blog

A beautiful ikea coffee table makeover that Kristin posted on her The Hunted Interior Blog

An adorable gold painted table redo for a tween girl's room that Edie posted on her {ditto} DIY Blog


 

2. Burlap Picture Frames

This was posted on Jennifer's blog, Home DIY Project. Using frames like this, it is really quick and easy to change out pictures as often as you want! I have done this and it was really simple:

  1. Buy three wood frames from Michaels. I bought frames that were untreated wood ($3 each!) and stained them with a cloth and dark wood stain that I had lying around the house...kind of messy but a 4 year old could do it :)
  2. Take out the glass and get some burlap (purchased mine from Home Depot) and layer it (about 2 or 3 layers) behind the frame. You can also buy a burlap photo matte at a store and use that instead.
  3. Purchase a letter of your choice (about $4 from Michaels) and use a hot glue gun or strong adhesive to glue the letter to the burlap.
  4. Get picture clip holders (from Michaels) and apply them with a hot glue gun or some really strong glue.
  5. Put pictures in the clips, hang them, and that's it!

 

3. Fabric Lined Lacquer Tray

This was posted on Centsational Girl Blog. I have created different versions of this using laminated scrapbook paper or something similar and they turned out great. Adding pattern to the bottom of a tray, whether with fabric or paint, is the simplest way to transform a solid color tray into a statement accessory:

  1. Press your fabric with an iron to remove any wrinkles.
  2. Treat the fabric with Scotch Guard to protect it from potential spills or stains (optional).
  3. Cut your fabric to the precise width of your tray. You could use some sort of fray prevention treatment for the edges, but if you cut your fabric just right, I found you don’t need to worry about fraying edges if your fabric sits perfectly inside.
  4. Align your fabric on the inside of the tray, then fold ½ of your fabric over. Spray a light coat of adhesive on the bottom of the tray, then carefully fold the fabric back over to fit the inside of the tray. Repeat this step on the other side as well.

 

4. Use Picture Frames to Create a Wainscoting Effect

Wainscoting was originally found in England sometime around the 16th century, with the intention of covering the lower part of the walls to resist water damage. Today it is more commonly found in everyday homes as a way to provide an elegant look to a simple room. The cost of pre-made panels it is not easily affordable. Using picture frames to resemble wainscoting, can be done with a smaller budget I have not done this one before but I am dying to try when I move!

  1. Buy the amount of picture frames you think you will need at Michaels or similar store.
  2. Using a measuring tape and a pencil, place markings on your wall to evenly space out the frames. Place the frames six inches away from each other and corners.
  3. Glue the frames to the wall using a strong adhesive and let dry completely.
  4. Paint the entire lower half of the wall with white latex paint (the most commonly used color for wainscoting, but you can use whatever color you want).

 

5. Herringbone Painting

I have this painting hanging in my house and it looks amazing! So I cheated on this one and just bought the artwork (from the Cozamia website) and had it framed, but you could easily create one of your own using the steps below:

  1. Buy a canvas at an art store whatever size you want (the art store I go to has great sales all of the time and many times I have gotten a huge canvas for about $35).
  2. Using different acrylic paints and a large paintbrush (can get at Michaels), paint the canvas all crazy any colors you like. Wait until it completely dries (overnight).
  3. Use painter's tape (can get at Home Depot) to create a herringbone pattern with some missing (the white rectangles you see in the picture).
  4. Paint over the entire canvas in white. Wait until it dries (overnight).
  5. Remove the tape and voila!

 

6. How to Cover a Lampshade With Fabric

This was posted on Janell Beals' blog, House of Fifty. Covering a lampshade or two with fabric is an incredibly easy, fast and inexpensive way to bring a little style into a room This tutorial uses an old lampshade that has a top and bottom band that the author wanted to still be shown. If you want to cover the whole shade, there is another tutorial here. The steps below are for the picture to the right.

  1. Purchase fabric in a pattern you like from a store like JoAnn Fabrics. If you are covering a lamp shade that is really busy or bright, make sure that the new fabric you buy is thick enough so the old pattern does not come through.
  2. Two lengths of fabric were cut, measuring the height of the shade between the top and bottom bands and the dimension of the shade plus two inches. The extra length allows for the fabric to overlap with one end turned under to create a clean edge. When you do this, use Liquid Stitch by Dritz (which you can buy at JoAnn Fabrics). It looks like glue. You just drag a line across and then fold over the edge. Let it dry.
  3. The fabric was now ready to be attached to the shade. A line of glue was applied with the unfinished end of the fabric placed over the glue.
  4. Next glue was applied along the edges of the shade with the fabric pressed into place immediately afterwards. This was repeated until the fabric overlapped and the finished end was glued into place over the start of the fabric.
  5. Let them dry and then just attach the lampshades back to their bases!
          

 

7. DIY Abstract Art with Gold Leaf

So, I love how easy and fun this was to create. You do NOT have to be an artist at all to do this. You can paint it on a big canvas or a small canvas, but either way I think the result is amazing. I ended up creating two smaller ones and hanging them on top of each other.

  1. Buy a canvas (or multiple ones) at an art store whatever size you want (the art store I go to has great sales all of the time and many times I have gotten a huge canvas for about $35 and smaller ones for $10).
  2. Buy small tubes of acrylic paint (including white) in the different colors you want to use.
  3. On the blank canvas, put small drops of the same color all over the canvas, and then do the next color, and so on. Make sure each dot is at least 2 inches away from another dot. Start this process with the white paint and put a white drop in the middle of the canvas before putting more drops all over.
  4. Next get a small paintbrush (can buy at Michaels) and start slowly mixing the colors together. You start the your brush in the middle of the canvas and slowly drag the white paint over to one of the other colors. You just keep doing this process until all of the colors are mixed together. You do not want to overmix so you can tell the difference between the colors! Wait at least 2 hours until all of the paint is dried.
  5. Purchase gold leaf sheets and gold leaf size (that is the adhesive used to attach it) from an art store. The brand I use is Mona Lisa.
  6. Follow the directions on the box. Basically, you get a small paintbrush and "paint" the size on the area where you would like it to stick. You wait about 45 minutes until the size has dried but still has tack. Then you place a sheet over the size and use a dry brush to lightly stick the two together. Then you pull the back of the paper off (looks like wax paper) and brush away all of the leftover gold leaf. There will be a lot of little flakes everywhere so be ready with your dust buster!
  7. And your done! Hang up your masterpiece!

 

8. Making a Side Table from an Ikea Clothing Hamper

This was posted on The Clever Bunny blog. This is definitely very clever.

  1. Remove the fabric hamper part off of the metal frame.
  2. Buy a piece of wood at a hardware store and have someone who works there cut the wood to fit the frame.
  3. Get some sandpaper and sand the top and sides. Then get a damp cloth and wipe all the residue off and let it dry completely.
  4. Then paint two coats of stain (whatever kind/color you like from Home Depot) and let it dry completely.
  5. While the stain finishes drying, spray painted the frame with black spray paint. The kind I use is Rustoleum 2X Coverage. For tips and a short how to on spray painting, look at #1.
  6. Drill some holes into the metal and use wood screws to fasten the wood down to the frame. You can also use wood glue or epoxy instead of drilling if you would like.
          

 

9. Bold Folding Chairs

This was posted on Erin Loechner's Design for Mankind blog. This is such a simple tutorial and a great way to spice up a folding chair and showcase them!

  1. Using a screwdriver, remove existing cushion from chair frame and set aside.
  2. In well-ventilated area, place chair on drop cloth and wipe down with damp towel. Using slow side-to-side movements, apply two thin coats of spray paint (refer to paint can instructions for drying time between coats). Let chair dry overnight. Tip: If chair is dark color or smooth finish, apply primer before painting with desired color. For tips and a short how to on spray painting, look at #1.
  3. Lay out new fabric and place seat cushion face down. Trim fabric along edge of cushion (approximately 3″ from edge). Once cut, attach fabric using staple gun. Begin by stapling at the center of each side and then at the corners. Tip: If using a patterned fabric, be sure to align to your liking prior to stapling.
  4. Once chair is dry, assemble with new cushion and begin using!
          

 

10. DIY Coasters

This was posted on the Shanty2Chic blog. I created these for my house and they turned out exactly like the picture! And I have been using them for about a year now and they are like new. The steps are below:

  1. Print out the artwork you would like to use off your printer.
  2. Purchase tumbled marble tiles from Lowes or Home Depot (they are about $4 for a box of 10).
  3. Put two coats of Mod Podge (glossy or matte, purchased at Michaels) on the BACK of the tile and let it dry. You can use the front of the tile, but I found that it seemed to work better with the back.
  4. Once the tiles are dry add a coat of Mod Podge to the artwork.
  5. Then place it down on the tile. You want the side of the tile you have put Mod Podge on to lay face down on your design. Use a credit card to push all of the air bubbles out.
  6. Put them in the oven at 170 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Let the tiles cool down. Then, use your finger and a bit of water to rub the paper off to reveal the design. A few tips on this part: You are rubbing the paper off. The design has now been transferred to your layers of Mod Podge. The more you continue rubbing, the lighter your design will be. If you soak it in water rather than rubbing it off the design will come off completely. It’s kind of like distressing. You decided how worn and weathered you want it.
  8. Once those dry add 2 coats of Rust-Oleum sealer.
  9. (Optional) Added some felt circles to the bottom of the tiles so they won't scratch the furniture.
          

 

11. Greek Key Trunks

I really like how these trunks turned out. Compared to the before, the white paint and gold greek key really transformed them into something else! These were really cheap trunks that I got a couple of years ago at an estate sale. The steps are below:

  1. Lay a drop cloth (you can get a set of 2 cheap plastic ones at Home Depot for $3) down wherever you want to paint and put the table in the middle of it. Mine had glass on the top of it so I removed it and set it inside. I spray paint things outside by my garage but put rocks on all four edges of the cloth just in case a gust of wind comes by.
  2. Get a slightly damp cloth and wipe the trunks down. Let it dry completely.
  3. Use painters tape (can get at Home Depot) and tape of any brass/iron handles or latches.
  4. Spray paint the front of trunks with Rustoleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish gold spray paint. Do about 2 coats. For more tips and a short how to on spray painting, look at #1. Let them dry completely (overnight).
  5. Use painters tape and tape off a greek key design on the front of the trunks. Make sure you press the edges of the tape really well so no paint seeps through.
  6. Prime the whole trunk with 1 or 2 coats of white primer spray paint (even over the tape). Wait about 20 minutes.
  7. Spray paint the whole trunk with Rustoleum high gloss white spray paint. Do about 2 or 3 coats. Let them dry completely (overnight).
  8. Remove the painters tape and see your design!
     

 

12. Painted Mason Jars from the Inside Out

These mason jars make great gifts at the end of the event or save them for your own personal decoration. Mason jars will never go out of style! I have a couple of these around my house with flowers in them and they were so so easy to do:

  1. Clean out the inside of the jars and let them dry completely.
  2. Squeeze some acrylic paint in the color you want at the bottom of the jar.
  3. Turn the jar upside down and rotate the jar to get the paint all over the sides.
  4. After it is completely covered, turn the jar upside down and put it on a layer of paper towels and leave it overnight. It should be dry by the morning, but if you had a thick layer of paint (which happened to me one time) then it could take a couple of days to dry.
  5. That's it...Put it in a good spot and put flowers in it or anything you want!

 

13. Coffee Table Ottoman

This was posted on Meredith's blog, Not So Newlywed McGees. I have been wanting to try this for a while but do not have an old coffee table to try it with! But I know people who have done it and they say it wastn' too challenging:

  1. Paint the legs of the table with Martha Stewart Light Reflections paint. Other options would be to spray paint them (would be quicker to do it this way) or to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (this here is a great tutorial on this paint).
  2. (Optional) If you are going to want to add tufting to your ottoman, go ahead and figure out the placement of the buttons. Drill holes in your table(!) where the buttons will go, so that you will be able to thread a long needle through later.
  3. Cut your foam (2" high density foam from JoAnn's fabric is good...about $32 a yard, but they always have sales) to fit the top of the ottoman. To cut the foam, use a marker to draw a straight line and then use a sharp blade, like an Exacto knife, to cut through the foam (a serrated knife from your kitchen even works well).
  4. Use spray adhesive to glue your foam directly on top of the table.
  5. Cover the foam and table with batting (can get at Home Depot). Use a staple gun to staple the batting to the underside and pull tightly to get the shape on top that you like.
  6. Place your fabric on top of the ottoman and make sure you have it lined up properly if you have a geometric fabric. It is good to tack it in some places on the bottom to make sure it stays in place.
  7. Flip the table over and staple the fabric to the wood. Work around the sides making sure it is pulled tight.
  8. (Optional) If your ottoman is going to be tufted, to add the buttons, push a long sturdy needle straight up from the bottom, through button covered in your fabric, and then back down. You can secure the knot on the underside of the table with another button or some nails to hold it in place. Make sure you use heavy duty upholstery thread, it won't break from the tension. Pull all of the buttons so they are equally as deep in the foam as the rest.
  9. (Optional) If you want, you can add decorative nailheads (can buy at Home Depot) along the base of the ottoman. Use a rubber mallet to hammer them in without damaging the surface of the nail heads. I placed the nails about 1 inch apart and used a pen to mark all of the holes, so they would be in a straight line.
  10. And there... you're done! Now you have a great and much more inexpensive upholstered ottoman, in the fabric of your choice!
          
          

 

14. IKEA Highchair Hack

This was posted on Bethany's blog, Dwellings by Devore. I have this same high chair from IKEA and I did not do this but it would be so easy! I love the look of the IKEA antilop highchair. It has simple clean lines that doesn't scream baby. It will fit in with most decor as much as a highchair can fit in and at $25 the price is perfect.

  1. When you get the highchair, before you snap the legs into place, tape off the white balls at the bottom with some painters tape (can get at Home Depot).
  2. Lay a drop cloth down in a well ventilated area and place the highchair in the middle.
  3. Spray paint them with Rustoleum's Bright Coat, Metallic Finish Gold spray paint (look at #1). Give them about 2 coats and let dry. For tips and a short how to on spray painting, look at #1.
  4. And your done! Easiest DIY ever. And you can use it with or without the tray. If you remove the tray it will slide right up to the table which is kind of neat and I love that it doesn't look super highchair-y.
          

 

15. Wood and White Side Table Redo

I love the combination of wood and white together...side tables, coffee tables, chairs, nightstands, etc. I think they all look great. I had this old side table from World Market that I bought about 4 years ago and I was sick of it. So I decided to spray paint the bottom half white and it was one of the EASIEST redos I have ever done:

  1. Lay a drop cloth down in a well ventilated area and place the table in the middle of it.
  2. Now, mine was a tray table so the tray part came off (which was going to stay as it was) and was set to the side. If you do not have a tray table then cover the top part of your table (or the part you would like to keep wood) with a cloth or anything you can get paint on (I use paper grocery bags) and secure them with painters tape (you can get at Home Depot).
  3. Get a slightly damp cloth and wipe the whole thing down. Let it dry completely.
  4. (Optional) This step is in every spray paint project but most of the time I skip it (especially if the item I am painting is in new condition). But get some sandpaper and sand the whole thing down. Then get a damp cloth and wipe all the residue off and let it dry completely.
  5. Prime the table with Rustoleum primer white spray paint and do 2 coats. Wait 20 minutes until it dries.
  6. Then spray paint the table with Rustoleum high gloss white spray paint or Rustoleum Lacquer white spray paint. Do 3 coats waiting 30 minutes in between coats. Look at #1 for tips and a short how to on spray painting.
  7. Wait 24 hours until it is completely dry and done! Couldn't be easier.
     

Other great white and wood DIY's:


White lacquer and reclaimed wood
side table with cowhide tray

Click Here to See Steps

IKEA Rast Side Table Project
Click Here to See Steps

Paint Dipped Wood Spoons
Click Here to See Steps

 

16. Outdoor Coffee Table with Metal Bucket Base

This was posted on Melissa's blog, A Place To Nest, but you can see the whole tutorial/posting here. I plan on doing this when I move on my back patio!

  1. Use a galvanized bucket you have on hand (bucket size 3 feet at the widest part) or buy one (here is one at Tractor Supply Company).
  2. (Optional) Drill a few holes in the bottom for any possible water drainage.
  3. You are going to be making your own top but you can try to go to Home Depot and ask if they have any wooden spool tops that they can give you for free! Then you can just use that (after sanding it) and skip down to step number 7!
  4. Buy some 1/4 inch plywood (can get at Home Depot) to use as the base to attach the 2×6 boards to.
  5. Draw a circle and cut the plywood into a circle.
  6. Followed the same technique by using the plywood as your template and cut the 2×6 boards to match the circle.
  7. Glue the 2×6′s to the circle with wood glue (can get at Home Depot) and let it dry overnight.
  8. Stain the top with Minwax stain (can get at Home Depot) or whatever you have on hand. Let completely dry.
  9. Finish the top with a coat of Minwax Clear Polyurethane or any other clear poly seal you have.
          

 

17. Indoor Coffee Table with Metal Bucket Base

Take liberties with inexpensive basics to create beautiful and functional furniture. Here, an upside-down galvanized bucket combined with a glass tabletop makes a funky coffee table.

  1. Use a galvanized bucket you have on hand (bucket size 3 feet at the widest part) or buy one (here is one at Tractor Supply Company).
  2. Purchase a round glass top that is wider than the top of your bucket.
  3. Turn the bucket upside down (the bottom of the bucket will be the top and the top will be the bottom).
  4. Put the glass on top and your done!

 


 

18. Sofa Table Copycat

This was posted on Bobi's blog, Bobi Law Designs. To me, this is just plain genious. I wish I would have thought of this earlier. It is so simple to do and it is perfect for small rooms that do not have room for a sofa table behind your couch. Love it!

  1. Buy a piece of wood from Home Depot cut to the size of your couch.
  2. Stain it with Minwax dark stain (can get at Home Depot) or whatever shade you like. Let it dry overnight or longer.
  3. Attach it to the wall with four or more L-brackets and you are done!

 

 

 


 

19. Faux Nail Head Trimmed Cork Board

This was posted on Chelsea's blog, Two Twenty One. This is such a cute idea for a girls room or any room in your house with the right fabric/color theme. And it is really easy to do:

  1. Buy a cork board or use an old one you have.
  2. Buy some fabric at JoAnn's Fabric that will be big enough to cover the front of your board with about 8 inches extra around the edges (so add 8 inches to the length and 8 incehs to the width).
  3. Iron your fabric to get out creases.
  4. Spray your cork board with adhesive (can get at Michael's)
  5. Laying the fabric on top leaving 4 inches of excess fabric around the edge of the cork board. Smoothed out the fabric with your hands so there are not any bubbles.
  6. Get about 200 thumbtacks or more (can get at Walmart) and start pressing them in one at a time (you might want to spread this process out over a couple of days because your fingers will start to hurt!).
  7. Use a hot glue gun or a strong adhesive to glue the excess fabric onto the back of the cork board. Let it try completely.
  8. Now add hooks of some sort to the back and you are all done! A beautiful fabric covered memo board.
          

 

20. Add Wheels to Your Coffee Table

Take your coffee table for a drive by bolting vintage wheels to the legs. There are different versions of the table as you can see in the pictures below, and a couple of them include pallet coffee tables. For a tutorial on creating a pallet coffee table click here. For steps on simply adding wheels to your existing coffee table read below:

  1. Purchase four vintage wheels or some industrial castor wheels.
  2. You can attach them on the sides of the legs like the picture to the right, or the bottom of the legs like the picture below. To attach them to the sides, drill through the legs and insert bolts into the wheel hubs.
  3. Slide the bolts through the legs and secure with nuts.
  4. Make sure to buy a matching set of wheels for smooth moving! Your done!

 

 

          

 

21. Chic Tray from a Cookie Sheet

This was posted on Shannon's blog, Madigan Made. I have seen other "cookie sheet tray" DIY's out there but this is my favorite one so far. I have not done this yet because I don't have ANY more room for another tray in my house but I will do this next time I need a tray somewhere:

  1. Buy a metal cookie sheet from the dollar store or use an old one you have.
  2. Lay a drop cloth down in a well ventilated area and place the tray in the middle of it.
  3. Spray the bottom of your sheet pan with several light coats of Rustoleum high gloss white spray paint. After that has dried, flip it over and spray paint the top of the tray. Look at #1 for tips and a short how to on spray painting.
  4. Once the paint has dried and cured, use a little gold wax (like Rub 'n Buff Wax Metallic Finish) and apply it to the top edges of the tray. A little goes a long way with that stuff. Apply it, then rub it in to buff the surface. Use a rag to apply/buff.
  5. Buy some patterned washi tape and apply strips of it to the tray in an off-centered plaid pattern (or a pattern of your choice). Lay the tape down and very carefully score/cut the tape along the edge of the tray with an exacto knife. Be careful not to scratch the paint underneath (so make sure the paint is really dry before you apply the tape).
  6. To protect the tray surface and the washi tape, Apply a coat of Mod Podge Super Gloss. As you can infer, it gives surfaces a super shiny coat. It is thick and protective and a great choice for sealing furniture and other decorative items. Brush a coat of it onto the surface of the tray, being careful not to overwork the thick liquid. Once the material is dry and it cures for 4 weeks, it can be wiped down with a damp cloth.
          

 

22. Sideboard Makeover

Turquoise paint can lighten the look of an old scratched and scuffed sideboard, while glass pulls can give it a vintage-meets-modern look. A herringbone pattern, drawn with a white paint pen on the doors, solidifies the sideboard's chic status.

  1. Lay a drop cloth down in a well ventilated area and place the sideboard in the middle of it. Take out all of the drawers and put them to the side on the drop cloth.
  2. Cover the insides of the drawers with a cloth or anything you can get paint on (I use paper grocery bags) and secure them with painters tape (you can get at Home Depot).
  3. Get a slightly damp cloth and wipe the whole thing down. Let it dry completely.
  4. (Optional) This step is in every spray paint project but most of the time I skip it (especially if the item I am painting is in new condition). But get some sandpaper and sand the whole thing down. Then get a damp cloth and wipe all the residue off and let it dry completely.
  5. Prime the table with Rustoleum primer gray spray paint and do 2 coats. Wait 20 minutes until it dries.
  6. Then spray paint the table with Valspar high gloss turquoise spray paint or any color spray paint you like. Do 3 coats waiting 30 minutes in between coats. Look at #1 for tips and a short how to on spray painting.
  7. Wait 24 hours until it is completely dry. Draw a herringbone pattern with a white paint pen (can get at Michaels) on the doors.
  8. Purchase new white glass pulls and replace the old ones with the new ones. And voila!
     

 


23. DIY Pouf

This was posted on Brittany's blog, Brittany Makes. Every magazine I read these days is covered with tons of gorgeous poufs. The only problem is, my budget doesn't quite afford me the opportunity to purchase one. I have not done this yet becuase I am in the process of learning to sew (pathetic, I know). But this is first on my list!

  1. Purchase your fabric (use a thicker, durable fabric) at JoAnn's Fabric or a similar store and lay your fabric on a flat surface, wrong sides out.
  2. Pin your pattern on the fabric.
  3. Cut along the pattern
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 three more times, for a total of four double sided forms.
  5. Sew the right side of each form (repeat for the remaining 3 forms), then remove the pins.
  6. Lay the first form on top of the second, wrong sides out, and pin along the right side.
  7. Take the third form and lay on top of the first form, wrong sides out,and pin along the right side. Repeat with the remaining form so all pieces are pinned together and form a round shell. Next, sew the pinned sides together, but be sure to stop 2 inches short of the edge to create an opening for you to fill with stuffing.
  8. The round shell will take shape once all pieces are sewn together, be certain you’ve removed all pins before proceeding.
  9. Turn the shell inside out.
  10. Gather your stuffing - you can use a variety of leftover foam you have on hand. You can also use stuffing from old pillows. If you do not have stuffing on hand, buy a bag of poly-fill from the local fabric store.
  11. First, stuff about 1/3 of the bottom with poly-fill or cotton.
  12. Then, lay the foam in place. Last, fill and surround the foam with the rest of the cotton or poly-fill.
  13. Be careful not to over stuff. You want the pouf to be full, yet fluffy.
  14. Sew the top and bottom holes shut with a needle and thread.
  15. And there you go! Your very own pouf!
     
     

 

24. Silhouette Botanical Art

Decorate your walls for spring with this easy to make spray paint silhouette botanical art DIY. I have done this for a friend's living room with gold and white paint (white in the background with gold leaves) and they turned out great and looked perfect in her space.

  1. Get four 11x14 canvases (or any size you want) at a local art store (I got mine on sale $7 each).
  2. Put down some newspaper and place your first canvas on top. Squeeze out some acrylic paint (whatever color you want) onto your paint dish and completely cover your canvas with your paintbrush. Let dry.
  3. Tack your leaves or flowers (that you can find outside) to the canvas with the adhesive spray (can get at Michaels).
  4. In well-ventilated area, place the canvas in the middle of a drop cloth. Spray paint your entire canvas, including your leaves or flowers with Rustoleum's Bright Coat, Metallic Finish Gold spray paint (look at #1). Give them about 2 coats and let dry. Aim the paint from left to right form about one or two feet away to prevent uneven coating. For tips and a short how to on spray painting, look at #1.
  5. After about 20 minutes, carefully remove your leaves or flowers and let the canvas completely dry overnight.
  6. Once dried, you can hang your new DIY botanical art!
          

 

25. Spray Painted Animal Bookends or Figurines

The last DIY on my list is the easiest of them all. Taking your kids toys, animals, old figurines and spray painting them is a great way to modernize your home! I have done this with Rustoleum's Bright Coat, Metallic Finish Gold spray paint and Valspar turquoise spray paint to a couple of old animals and trinkets lying around my house and it was so easy. Read #1 on a short how-to on spray painting. Below are some images to get you started!

 

 

     
     
     

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  • Comment Link Courtney Jones Monday, 13 January 2014 12:50 pm posted by Courtney Jones

    I love this!

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  • Comment Link Joycee Monday, 30 December 2013 5:01 pm posted by Joycee

    Thank you ... so many great ideas ... recycle, reuse

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  • Comment Link Nora Lane Friday, 20 December 2013 7:46 pm posted by Nora Lane

    You must be awesome!!! Can I hire you??? I can't DIY anything!!! You truly are gifted!!

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