37 Easy Budget Decorating Projects You Can Do This Weekend

Tired of staring at the same four walls? Check out these solutions for refreshing furniture, creating gallery walls and artwork that will add pizzazz without depleting your wallet. (Minimal DIY skills required.)

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January 11, 2016

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Install a Paneled Accent Wall

Use peel-and-stick paneling to create a dramatic backdrop. You don't need any power tools, just a sharp utility knife and these project instructions.

Reupholster a Chair Using a Flat-Weave Rug

Update seat cushions for little money by re-covering them with a pretty, patterned flat-weave rug. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Paint a Pattern on a Rug

Get the exact design and color you want by painting your own rug. Use a low-pile or jute rug and latex paint for best results. It's easy, give it a try.

Create a Gallery Wall With Dishes

Gather a bunch of mismatched plates from thrift stores and garage sales, paint them a variety of colors in the same hue, then hang them together to create an eye-catching wall display. See how easy it is >>

Use Balloons to Make Sisal Globe Lights

Bring graphic shape and organic texture to any room with pendant lighting made from rope, craft glue and an inflatable ball. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Resurface an Interior Door

Now that you've got the walls covered, give the inside of your front door a makeover too. Semi-permanent, vinyl adhesive wallpaper is easy to install and very affordable. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Hang Moss Topiary Spheres

Add organic texture and graphic impact to your space with moss, rope and floral foam. See how it's done >>

Whitewash Garage Sale Mishmash

Scour thrift stores, yard sales or your own garage to put together a grouping of wood objects in different shapes, sizes and proportions. Then apply whitewash paint to each piece to give your collection a uniform look. See how it's done >>

Create a Game Wall

Use string, roofing nails and plywood to create dear heads for your trophy wall (art trophy, not hunting trophy). Take a look at the instructions >>

Another Type of Game Wall

Secondhand stores are full of old board games. Pick up a few for a buck or two, mount them on foam core or place them in frames for instant wall color that is full of fun and childhood memories.  

Paint an Ombre Wall

Paint is one of the easiest and most striking changes you can make in your home. Choose three colors and blend them together to create a focal wall. It’ll cost you less than $100 and take just a day to complete. Watch the step-by-step video >>

Make a Mural

If an entire ombre wall is too much, try a smaller mural. This ombre artwork was painted over a medallion-shape sticker. The sticker was removed after painting to leave the exotic pattern. Get the project details >>

Do String Art in Reverse

This project takes string art to a new level. Instead of filling in your pattern, fill in everything around the pattern to make negative-space artwork. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Craft No-Sew Roman Shades

Can't decide between shades or curtains? Combine the two to create sophisticated, easy-to-make Roman shades. See how easy they are to make >>

Drip Paint on Flower Pots

You might cry over spilled milk, but you will rejoice when spilling paint on these fun planters. Grab an old pot, a funky color combo of cheap craft paint and get to spilling. Better yet if you have small children, let them do the spilling for you. See how it's done >>

Make Your End Table Pup Friendly

Large end tables were the rage 40 years ago; today you can find them secondhand for next to nothing. We updated this one by removing the door and giving the whole piece a fresh coat of paint. To make it pet friendly, the inside was lined with fabric and an inviting cushion. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Build a Storage Bin From a Shipping Pallet

Bring a rustic touch to your entry with umbrella stand made from reclaimed shipping pallets. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Add Tin Tiles to The Ceiling

Fooled you! It's actually faux tin. These plastic tiles are made to look just like real tin. In addition to being easier to cut and work with, they're cheaper, too. See how we installed this 5th wall >>

Paint a Rug on a Wood Floor

Do you have a wood floor that is scuffed and scratched? Paint a permanent, low-maintenance rug using stencils and floor paint. See how it's done >>

Refinish an End Table

Are you anxious to try your hand at refinishing furniture? A small side table is the perfect beginner project. Start by searching secondhand stores for an inexpensive piece. Watch the how-to video >> 

Use a Rug to Re-cover an Ottoman

Instead of using expensive fabric, update a worn ottoman for little money by reupholstering it with a durable flat-weave rug. Learn how to do it >>

Turn Wine Into Light

Invite friends to help you empty some wine bottles then after you've sobered up, upcycle the bottles into pendant lights. Pour a glass and read these instructions >>

Craft No-Sew Table Runner and Placemats

Dining tables come in all shapes and sizes so it can be hard to find linens to fit. Simple solution; make your own. You get the exact size and look you want, and they're super easy to make. See how to do it >>

Stencil a Cornice

Add a custom pattern and color with an easy-to-make window treatment. This project can be completed in the span of one day and it is easy on the wallet. Watch the step-by-step video >>

Turn Crates Into Mirrors

Shallow wood boxes and soda crates are readily available at flea markets and junk shops. Have a mirror cut to size then use some heavy-duty adhesive to stick it to the inside of the box. Then add a little rope trim to cover the seams. See project details >>

Create Starry Night Illuminated Wall Art

Let the signs of the zodiac light up your walls with this fun DIY project. Create modern art that doubles as ambient lighting from plywood and twinkle lights. Learn how to make this project >>

Make Slipcovers From Drop Cloths

This easy and budget-friendly upholstery project uses canvas drop cloths to give an old set of chairs a new cottage-chic look. Take a look at the step-by-step instructions >>

Screw Together a Candelabra

Bring industrial-chic ambience to your home with a candle holder made from plumbing supplies. Take a look at the easy instructions >>

Build a Lounge-Worthy Daybed

An outdoor daybed is a great place to curl up with a book or to take a nap. This project took about eight hours to complete and cost a little over $300. Watch the step-by-step video >>

Build a Fold-Down Table

Got a tiny kitchen or need an extra workspace? Build and mount a fold-up table.  The materials cost less than $200 and it only took an afternoon to build. Take a look at the step-by-step instructions >>

Decorate and Hang a New Window Shade

Dress up an inexpensive store-bought window shade with ink stamps to create a custom look. See how we did it and learn how to hang up a standard window shade.

Paint the Ceiling

Instead of plain white, add drama to the fifth wall by painting a simple design in bold colors. See how it's done >>

Put a Memory in a Bottle

Instead of typical picture frames, display your favorite photos inside unusual-shaped bottles. Place tiny shells, decorative sand or beads in the bottom of each bottle. Roll up the photo to stick it inside the bottle. Then seal the bottle with a decorative cork and some pretty trinkets. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Paint a Coffee Table

Can't afford a new coffee table? Reinvent the old one using paint and stencils. When it's done, lightly sand the surface to give the table an aged look, plus this will help disquise any imperfections in your pattern. Get the detailed instructions >>  

Make a Pendant Light Out of a Birdhouse

Add a touch of whimsical cottage-style to any room with a simple bird house turned into a light fixture. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Whip Up a Batch of No-Sew Pillows

Throw pillows can be the easiest and most inexpensive way to update a room. Check out three ways to make pillows that don’t require a sewing machine or a lot of money.

Line a Bookcase With Paper

Add color and style to a standard bookcase by adhering inexpensive tissue paper to the inside-back of the unit. It's super easy, see how >>

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