Are you looking for some easy, super budget-friendly home decor ideas? Well, I have a bunch of them for you today!
I love all the expensive catalog retailers as much as the next girl but even if I had a zillion dollars I think I would always prefer to try and make my own on the cheap!! There is a certain satisfaction with taking something from the thrift store and upcycling it into something amazing!!
Here are a variety of my favorite upcycled and thrifty home decor projects…
You don’t have to spend big bucks on a new table lamp! Two places that I always check are the clearance section and the thrift store! Don’t get distracted by the color of the lamp…look for a shape that you like and then paint it! I found a $5 lamp at Walmart and with a little chalk paint upcycled it into a Pottery Barn style lamp!!
One thrifter trick I will let you in on..when you are planning on hitting the thrift or vintage stores pack a box in your car with a light bulb, measuring tape, and a towel.
- Lightbulb: You can always run out and grab the light bulb to make sure a lamp works before you buy it (thrift stores are usually accommodating).
- Measuring Tape: Never leave the house without a measuring tape (thrifting 101!!)…how many times have you been somewhere and aren’t sure it “will fit”.
- Towel: The towel can be used for wiping off dust and also for wrapping delicate items for the ride home.
Wall art can be pri-ceeeey!! Especially large pieces of art! I have a big wall in my living room and needed to find something large to hang. All the paintings I saw were all over 100 bucks…so what is a DIYer to do…make her own!!!
All you need for making your own abstract art is a large blank canvas (Walmart or the craft store), I spread joint compound on the blank canvas to create a textured look to mimic oil painting, a few different shades of acrylic paint that fit your decor, and if you want to make a simple frame you can find the wood at Lowes or the Home Depot.
Do you have one of these plastic playhouses in your backyard?? I was going to replace my Step 2 playhouse with a new wood one but then thought…wait I bet I can paint it!!
I’m so glad that I tried using spray paint instead of opening my wallet for a new more updated-looking one!!
The most important part of painting a plastic playhouse is that you…have…to…be…patient and let each coat of paint dry for at least 24 hours for more durability!!!
Next time you are ready to throw a juice bottle in the recycle bin why don’t you try and make a cute DIY vase out of it instead??!!
There are quite a few neat-shaped bottles for juice, lemonade, and iced coffee available at the market but I really like the shape of the Simply line of beverages (plus, aren’t they so good…especially love the Raspberry Lemonade in the Summer!!)
So I found this table by a dumpster when the local University was moving out for the year.
Actually, I have to give props to my husband who was driving home from coaching a baseball game when he noticed all the stuff being piled up at the dumpsters…and mentioning to me when he got home!!
I had been on Facebook Marketplace for a couple of weeks looking for some kind of a table that I could use as a potting table in the garden with zero luck..this vanity table was the first thing I spotted by the dumpster!
My husband was just happy my dumpster diving trip was over in less than 5 minutes….
If you know me then you know that I haven’t met a thrift store that I didn’t need to check out!! There’s a great Savers thrift store near me in Newington, NH that has been a goldmine for me over the past few years!
My mission was to find a vase to use to create a Pottery Barn knock off…one of those cool pottery vessels that cost alot of $$$.
So for a couple of bucks, my handy tub of joint compound, and a little paint I created the look that I was going for!!
Here is a super easy DIY to upcycle thrift store vases to create trendy two-tone vases! No special skills are required for this project…easy peasy!!
A $10 shutter from my local antique store turned into a cute coastal patriotic decoration. Using red, white, and blue paint and starfish for the stars.
This started out with a $3 terra cotta bowl from a local discount store.
Then using paint and a spray glaze I upcycled it into faux pottery!! What a little paint can do is amazing..it’s like the superhero of so many DIY projects!!
10. DIY Bird Bath
Here’s one more idea using terra cotta planters!! Using 2 planter pots and a planter dish I made a mosaic birdbath. For this, I used my stash of sea glass but you could use glass beads or small mosaic tiles to create your own take!!
Well, those should keep you busy for a little while!! Remember, if you ever recreate any of my projects I would really love to see them so email a picture and I will feature it on my Weekly Rewind post!! It makes me so happy to see them!!