Your home should be the place where you feel most comfortable. So, it should be entirely to your taste. Unfortunately, interior designers and fancy decorations can be very expensive, and most people can’t afford magazine-like homes.
Luckily, there are countless things that you can do on your own in order to make your home more appealing. Even if you don’t have any experience, you will be able to handle some straightforward do-it-yourself projects that will make your home beautiful. If you are ready to try out some wicked home decor ideas, stay tuned – here comes the list of 20 best home projects that you can do on your own.
20. A Floating-Top Table
Why settle for a standard table when you can have one with a floating top? Besides looking elegant, open, and light, this type of table allows you to be creative. Furthermore, the space around the upper legs and the aprons will accentuate the beauty of the wood.
To make a floating-top table, start from the standard assembly of four aprons joined to four legs. Then, place the top of the table on the shorter pair of aprons (which extend above the level of longer ones). You won’t even have to use cross rails.
19. Hollywood-Style Mirror
Nothing says “classy” like mirrors do. What’s more, if you live in a small place, mirrors can give the illusion of more space. Not to mention that they are not only beautiful but very useful, too. You must have seen gorgeous mirrors with lights in Hollywood movies – and now you can have one as well.
First of all, you’ll need a mirror and some light bulbs, naturally. Also, you’ll need a frame for the bulbs – it’s best to choose a wooden one, as metal isn’t safe.
You’ll need to measure the wood, mark the points where you want to place the bulbs, and then drill large holes. Next, paint the wood, attach the wood strips to the mirror, cut the wires, place the bulb holders on the frame, and that’s it!
18. Fun Ruler Growth Chart
If you have kids, this ruler growth chart is an amazing way to measure your kids’ growth and decorate your home at the same time. Plus, you’ll have fun making it! To get started, you’ll need a 6-foot board (10’’x1’’), small and large numbers (just print them out), stain, clear sealer, paint pen, and a regular pen.
Sand your board, measure the place on the wall where you want to hang it, lay it down, place the big numbers on it and tape them down. To stain a design on the wood, lay the pattern down and tape it. Use a pen to trace the design and start staining it in. When the stain dries, seal the board. Finally, mark the board in inches, add some photos of your kids, and hang your chart!
17. Dollar Store DIY: Vintage Locker Bins
You can never have enough storage bins. However, most of them come in neon colors that aren’t exactly timeless or modern. Luckily, you can turn them into vintage locker bins in a few simple steps.
To get the perfect metal look, use some spray paint – it sticks really well. Then, you can add little gold/bronze tags that will achieve the vintage feel. Simply poke a hole through the plastic and attach the tags.
And, that’s it! Your vintage locker bins are done.
16. Beautiful DIY Tatami-Style Platform Bed
A Tatami-style platform bed isn’t only an eye candy, but it’s also very comfortable to sleep on. To build one yourself, you’ll probably need a bit of experience, as the process is slightly complicated. If you know someone who is handy, let them assist you.
First of all, you’ll need to work on your wood, taking all the dimensions individually in order to make the four pieces that will hold the feet together. Next, you need to cut the rail joints, build the headboard, and attach the mattress supports. To give the bed some shine, apply a spray lacquer finish.
15. Convertible Cube Seat
To make a convenient cube seat that can also look like an amazing decoration for your home, you’ll need two 18’’ x 18’’ board, some wood glue, and three 16” x 18” boards. Once you glue them in a cube, use nails to make the cube more stable.
Then, sand the cube, apply a wood conditioner, remove any excess with a cloth, stain, and seal. Take another 16’’ x 16’’ board, put some adhesive on it, and add a foam board. Use a piece of fabric and secure it with a stapler over the board. Then, glue a piece of wood on top of it, add some wheels to your cube, and you are all done!
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14. Modern LED Desk Lamp Powered by 5V USB
With a modern LED desk lamp, your home office will start looking its best in no time. To make this lamp, you’ll need a miter saw, ¾’’ and 1 ¾’’ hole saw and Forstner drill bit, and a belt sander. Also, you’ll need an LED strip, wood, acrylic, a dowel, some glue, and a finish.
The wood of your choice and acrylic have to be exactly the same size, so be careful while cutting. Once you’re done with cutting, drill center cavities in both the wood and acrylic. Attach the LED strip, glue, clamp, sand the sides, and apply a finish.
Let everything dry and enjoy your new lamp!
13. DIY Faux Roman Shades
Forget about plain curtains or drapes; Roman shades are the next big thing! They are useful, and they look amazing. Plus, you can select whichever design suits you.
Firstly, measure your window, iron the fabric that you chose (it can even be an old curtain or bed sheet), fold the sides so that the fabric fits the window, and cut the excess material. Next, cut overlapping corners and glue everything, leaving a 1-inch hem, and let it dry.
Get a tension rod, place your fabric on it, and hang it on the window. Then, put two more rods below, and drape the fabric around them, securing everything with a pin.
12. Rolling DIY Bookshelf | Restoration Hardware Knock Off
If you have an empty space that’s annoying you, consider building a rolling bookshelf. It will look great, and it will help you stay organized. Moreover, you won’t need more than $50 for this modern industrial-style shelf.
To get started, you’ll need wooden boards, sandpaper, metal caster wheels, corner brackets, an EMT pipe, and screws. Start by cutting the wood; then, drill pocket holes, attach legs, the top, and add the wheels.
You can make your shelf as tall (or short) as you like. Also, be creative with the finish – you can choose whatever color or wood style you like.
11. DIY Storage Cabinet Using Cheap Cube Units
There’s no reason to throw away those cheap cube units that have been lying around for months – you can turn them into cabinets! You’ll only need some panels and basic tools to pull off this project.
Once you apply the panels to the cube units and let everything dry, move on to building the door. Measure everything carefully, cut it on the table saw, add some 1×3 wood pieces and secure with glue. Sand everything, apply paint, and your cabinet is done!
10. Hidden Shoe Cabinet
Shoe cabinets are a necessity, but did you know that you can make a shoe cabinet that doesn’t look like one? That’s right, in a few simple steps, you can make a hidden shoe cabinet.
Build the frame first, and then customize the pull-out shelves to fit your boots, shoes, sneakers, etc. Install drawer slides, and apply a wood filler to the holes. Use a stain that you love for the finish, and enjoy your custom-made hidden shoe cabinet! Also, enjoy all the free space where your shoes used to be.
9. A Large-Scale Rug from Scratch
Believe it or not, you can make a budget-friendly rug using cotton piping. For this project, you’ll need multi-use netting, cotton piping (you can get it on Amazon), small rubber bands, and scissors.
Before you start, decide on the size of your rug and then roll out the length of the netting you need and cut the pieces using scissors. Then, cut pieces of cotton piping (each should be about 4 inches long). Weave the cut pieces in between the net, pull upward and tie them with a rubber band.
That’s all it takes. Repeat the steps until you’ve covered up the netting and then enjoy your fluffy, one-of-a-kind rug.
If you have mugs and cups all over your kitchen counter, then you know how annoying that can be. Luckily, you can easily solve this problem by building a fancy-looking hanger.
Take an accordion hanger and screw it horizontally into the wall in your kitchen. Use the hooks to hang your mugs and declutter your kitchen counter. It’s that easy – literally, anyone who owns a drill can do this “estimated” in a matter of minutes.
Once you’re done, enjoy all the extra space!
7. West Elm Bench Knock-Off from $594 to $15
Have you fallen in love with the West Elm bench, but you refuse to pay $594 for it? Well, you are not alone. But, don’t despair yet. In a few simple steps, you can build your own West Elm bench, for $15!
You’ll need a 2 x 4 x 92 stud, 2 – ½’’ constructions screws, 2 x 12 x 4 treated lumber, spray paint, stain, and ultra polyurethane. Use a miter saw to cut all the pieces, then use a drill to set everything in place, and lastly, paint your bench!
6. Clever DIY Rustic Cooler
Have you ever seen a rustic cooler and thought that it looked amazing? Well, if you have, then get ready to make your own. Start by removing the handles and the drain, then trace the lid upside down on top of plywood, cut it, and build a frame around it.
Next, cut and attach the legs, add skid wood to the top, and start framing the lid. Once you’re done, add handles, and that’s it! You can decorate your cooler with random letters, symbols, etc. Also, you can paint it in whatever color you like.
5. Scrabble Tiles
To add a unique piece of decor to your home, consider making Scrabble tiles! Before you get started, decide what names you want done in scrabble tiles and then lay them out. To make the tiles, use a 1 x 6 at 8 feet long piece of wood – that will give you around 25 tiles. Sand the tiles, apply one coat of stain and let them dry overnight.
Next, size and cut your letters out and center them on the tiles. Finally, apply a coat of triple-thick varnish in a satin finish and let dry. Hang your scrabble tiles and enjoy the view!
4. Painting Cabinets
Painting your cabinets is a fun and cheap way to transform your home. But, before you start painting, you need to prepare your cabinets. Wipe the cabinets down to remove gunk and dust, and check if they need sanding. Also, remove the cabinet doors and the hardware.
Next, you need to choose the right paint – it should go on smoothly, dry quickly, and last for a long time. Two coats of paint will suffice, and you can use either a roller or a brush. Also, it’s a good idea to test the color before you paint everything. Finally, don’t forget to add the hardware – it will make a big difference.
3. Giant Pegboard DIY
Empty walls can feel cold and uninviting, but you can easily transform them with a giant pegboard that’s easy to make. You’ll need a sheet of plywood, one standard pegboard, four 1’’x 2’’ x 3.5” pieces of wood, 1’’ drill bit, a drill, nail gun, and a level.
Decide on the spacing of your holes, stack your plywood face up, and start drilling. You have to make sure that the drill is at a 90-degree angle while you drill. To install the boards on the wall, you’ll need at least two people.
Install the four pieces of wood and mount the boards on them. Add shelves, and you are done!
2. A Secret Storage Table
Do you tend to leave your gadgets, food, or other items on your coffee table? Wouldn’t it be great if you had some extra space? Well, you can make it!
Remove the legs from your square coffee table, turn the top upside down and cut a square, leaving approximately an inch on all sides. Save the square you cut, get rid of the content inside the table, and apply glue to the sides. Next, add four wooden pieces to the sides, add more glue in the middle, and put the square back.
Paint everything, make another identical square, drill together, add a spring, and you’ll have made yourself some space inside of your table!
1. Wooden Crate
Wooden crates are very versatile – you can use them to build so many things. If you are in need of a modern-looking shelf, you can make one from crates, too. Simply screw in two pieces of wood to all four sides of the crate, as if making legs.
Make two or three of those, and place them on top of one another, thus making a shelf. Then, just add some books, flowers, or decorative items, and your custom-made shelf will be complete!