Do-it-yourself decorating is great fun and allows you to customise your home exactly how you want it. There are many online tips and tutorials with step-by-step instructions on completing quick and easy projects to put some new sparkle into your rooms. It doesn’t need to cost the earth, either. Buying a few crafty bits and upcycling an old, tired piece of furniture will be much cheaper than replacing it. Imaginative decorations can also be made with things you might already have around the house or garage. Here is some inspiration so you can fall in love with your home again.
Create a footstool by using old crates. Add a cushion on the top by glueing two layers of foam to a piece of plywood and wrapping it in attractive fabric. Secure the material with a staple gun and attach wooden strips across the crate opening to support the cushion. Hey, presto! You have a lovely footstool in a shabby chic style.
Jewellery art is an excellent way of using old-fashioned heirlooms you might have gathering dust in a jewellery box. Give them a new lease on life by creating embellishments for dull wall space. Glueing or sewing the brooches or earrings to a canvas will create unique wall art, and online tutorials explain how to achieve this look. Alternatively, create something boho from macrame. When you need a Macrame Kit, go to www.woolcouturecompany.com/collections/macrame-kits
Do you have a tired old bookcase that you’re sick of? Don’t bin it; flip it! Giving it a fresh coat of paint and turning it on its side can create a new feel to the piece of furniture. Stacked horizontally, these shelves now provide interesting display cubbies or a tabletop surface underneath decorative space.
If you have an old loft trunk, these are perfect for upcycling. You can use an old trunk as a living room or a conservatory coffee table, and it will also serve as excellent storage space for board games, magazines, or other living room extras. Sand down and repaint or keep it in its original glory, and you’ll see that items you thought were defunct need a new purpose in life.
Another slightly more ambitious idea is to turn old shipping pallets into a table. A great storage solution for a living room, kitchen, or dining room, and can also be used for special occasions as a host trolley or dessert table. Sanded down and painted any colour you desire, you have an interesting bespoke addition to your home.