With many of us spending a lot more time at home, I think it’s more important than ever to make sure our house makes us happy.
Updating the decor in rooms that you’ve been wanting to makeover is a great way to do that.
Fortunately, there are a lot of home decor projects you can do in a weekend that don’t cost a lot of money and use supplies that can be ordered online.
So if you’re looking for things to do, here are a few ideas to get you going.
1 | Paint
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I’m sure you’ve heard a million times that the easiest, least expensive way to update a room is with paint.
And you’ve heard it that many times because…it’s true.
So why not use some of your extra time at home to paint that room you’ve never had time to get around to.
But wait…you might be saying…how do I get the paint if I’m stuck at home?
Well…my absolute favorite paint store sells everything it makes online. In fact, I always have to buy from them online because they don’t have a showroom in my area.
And that store is Farrow & Ball.
They don’t have as many colors to choose from (which can actually make life a little easier) and the paint is a little more expensive.
But all of their paints are low odor, low VOC and eco-friendly.
They also have the most beautiful colors which seem to change colors in different light. And have more depth to them than any other paint that I’ve used. Like “Pitch Blue” which is the color I used on my living room walls.
If Farrow & Ball doesn’t have the color you are looking for (or you don’t want to pay that much for your paint), Home Depot has a larger selection of paint colors that you can purchase online.
Note: In either case, I would order a sample can to test on your walls before putting in your full order, just to make sure you like the color in your room.
2 | Stencil
If you are someone who likes patterns on your walls but you don’t want the hassle of hanging wallpaper (that would be me most of the time!) , then you might want to try out a stencil to add some interest.
Stenciling has a lot of advantages:
- There are so many stencil patterns available now that you’re sure to find something you like.
- Since you get to choose your own paint colors, you can make the design match your decor exactly.
- If you don’t like the look of your stenciled wall, or you get tired of the pattern, you can paint right over it. You may need to sand the wall a little first to get rid of the raised edges. But it’s a lot easier than removing wallpaper!
Want to buy a stencil and aren’t sure where to look? I’ve found that Royal Design Studio has a great selection of stencils for all different applications (walls, floors and furniture).
Or if you have a Cricut or Silhouette machine, you can make your own stencil pattern. Which gives you even more flexibility to get exactly what you want.
Find a few of our DIY stencil patterns (as well as instructions on how to paint them) below:
3 | Decorate The Ceiling
It’s no secret that I think decorating the ceiling is one of the quickest ways to make a builder grade home look like it’s custom.
Don’t believe me?
Take a look through decorating magazines like House Beautiful, Veranda and Elle Decor.
Pay attention to the ceilings, particularly in the rooms that are painted a color.
Many of them are not plain white.
So if you’ve never painted a ceiling anything other than white, why not go out of your comfort zone and give it a try?
After all, it’s only paint (you can always put it back if you don’t like it).
If you’re a little nervous, go with a safe color like a tint that’s a few shades lighter than your room color.
Or you can try the exact same color on the ceiling as you have on the walls.
This will tend to make a room look bigger and the ceiling look taller (especially if you don’t have crown moldings or the crown moldings are also painted the same color). That’s because it’s harder to see where the walls end and the ceiling begins.
If you’re feeling bold, use a coordinating color from your room (that’s not the wall color) on the ceiling. This definitely makes a statement, and will look absolutely stunning if you pick the right color.
This last one is what I’m planning to do in my silver and black master bathroom where I want to paint the ceiling purple (to match my bedroom paint color)!
I’ll be sure to send an email with a picture when it’s done. (If you’re not already on our mailing list and you want to see the finished project, you can sign up HERE).
4 | Put Up Some Panel Moldings
Moldings are another one of those custom finishes that are often lacking in builder grade homes like mine.
And they’re not that hard to install yourself.
The easiest molding project is to hang picture (or panel) moldings on your walls.
Or maybe I should say faux-panel moldings. I’m talking about creating the look of expensive panels, but actually only installing the outline of the panel.
They are great for adding interest to large, blank wall surfaces, and giving rooms a more formal feeling.
Which makes them especially appropriate for hallways, bedrooms, home libraries (or offices), formal living rooms and dining rooms.
On the flip side, I don’t like to install panel moldings in rooms that tend to collect a lot of dirt and grime (like kitchens and bathrooms) since they are more difficult to keep clean.
There are two ways to go about doing this project.
The first is to order the picture moldings already assembled.
They will be more expensive and you’ll have less control over the size.
But they come in many different shapes and are very easy to install. Find them HERE*.
The second option is to build your own from thin trim moldings (like these*).
With this option, you can make the panels exactly the size you want.
And the moldings are a lot less expensive
5 | Add Gold Leaf To Something
The last weekend DIY project on my list is near and dear to my heart.
What can I say? I love gold leaf!
It’s often used on very expensive furniture and in expensive rooms.
So I always thought it must be really hard and expensive to do.
And then one day I decided to try it and see.
So I applied it to the front of my really inexpensive bar.
To be honest, I used faux gold leaf, not the real thing. But I don’t think you can tell the difference.
And I love how it looks! (See the whole Hollywood glam bar makeover HERE).
Since then I’ve used the same leafing technique on lots of things. Not always with gold. It works just as well with silver and copper.
And my mother used it to glam up the nook and a mirror in her living room. It’s stunning!
So if you have an old piece of furniture or some accessories that need a little upgrade, try adding some gold leaf.
It literally only takes a couple of hours to apply.
Other DIY Decor Projects You Might Like
- Budget-friendly DIY Home Decor Projects
- Glam DIY Home Decor Projects
- Home Decor Projects To Make With Your Cricut
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This post was originally published on April 3, 2020 but was updated with new content on November 17, 2021.