Today I want to share 5 affordable decor DIY’s that seem expensive, but actually cost me very little!
I’m sharing 5 affordable decor DIY’s today, some shared here on the blog in the past, and some brand new!
This “Look for Less” post is hosted by Jaime over at Bored or Bananas, and it is in collaboration with eight other YouTube friends who are sharing their ideas as well, so be sure you watch my video linked above and check out the playlist for lots of DIY inspiration!
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Affordable Decor DIY #1 – Restoration Hardware Finish
The first affordable DIY I’d like to share with you is the wood side table sitting next to one of my white chairs in our living room. It has the most beautiful, weathered wood finish and in my opinion, it looks like something I would have purchased at Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn.
My Mom actually gave this table to me, and while I loved the shape and size of it, the finish was much too dark for my home. Here are a few before shot of the table before I tackled it!
I used a product called Citristrip Spray and I was so pleasantly surprised by the results!
You can find the tutorial here if you’re interested!
DIY #2 – DIY Upholstered Headboard
The second look I’d like to share with you today is our DIY upholstered headboard in our master bedroom. Sadly, I don’t have a tutorial for this on my blog. The process was really so simple, though!
I drew the shape that I wanted for our headboard on a piece of paper, and my husband recreated it on a sheet of plywood.
Such a cheap project, but such a beautiful impact in our bedroom that looks like we really spent a lot when we didn’t at all!
DIY #3 – Antique Inspired Signs
If you’ve been shopping at antique stores lately, authentic vintage signage can be pricey! I have a few signs in my home that look like antiques, but I actually made them myself. The best part? They were free!
The trick to making a DIY sign look old is the piece of wood you start with. It’s so important to use wood that has aged and has a lot of character.
I made the sign above my couch in our living room with an old piece of plywood that had been left outside. After I stenciled on all my letters, I lightly sanded some of my paint so that the sign looked as though it had aged and worn naturally.
I followed the same method for the sign above my kitchen sink. I used an old board that was pretty beat up and had layers of paint on it, that way when I sanded my stenciled letters, the sign truly looked as though it had naturally aged over time.
After a light sanding with some fine grit sand paper, the sign looks so authentic!
I love the way this DIY turned out, and I love that it was absolutely free!
DIY #4 – Faux Beams
The fourth look I’d like to share with you today are the wood beams we have in our kitchen and entryway.
Truly authentic beams can get very pricey very quickly, but for this project we decided to use 2×6’s! We dug through the lumber yard for boards that looked a bit beat up, and we even added some distressing ourselves for more character!
If you’re interested, you can find the whole tutorial here! For less than $50 we added so much character to our kitchen and entry.
Affordable Decor DIY #5 – Marble Cake Stand
This last look is a much smaller project, but I still think it’s worth sharing! I love incorporating marble elements into my kitchen, but sometimes they can be expensive. This large, marble cake stand in my dining room was actually a DIY!
The base of the stand was a large candlestick that I thrifted, and I found the round marble piece at a thrift store as well! I glued both of them together, and ta-dah! DIY cake stand!
The glass dome on top was thrifted as well, just in case you were wondering
So there you have it! 5 affordable decor DIY’s that look like they cost a lot more than what they did. I hope you enjoyed this Look for Less post, please let me know if you’d like to see more in the future!