Making your home stand out from the rest of the neighborhood shouldn’t be too hard for both you and your wallet. After all, you want to stand out, not stick out. You want your house to exude elegance, not glitz.
To help you out, here a few DIY ideas that are fun and inexpensive to make:
Give your front door a welcoming glow
The front door of your house is probably the first thing your guests will notice when they come for a visit. Of course, they’ll see the whole house first, but the front door is the first part of the house that they will have close and direct contact with.
So make sure that it’s warm and inviting. Place some plants and flowers, such as oak leaf hydrangeas and ferns, or boxwood topiaries. It would also be a good idea to paint your front door with a more welcoming color. Turquoise, powder blue, and mint green are just some examples.
Enhance your cabinets
Even the tiniest details can make the biggest impression. You can change the knobs of your cabinets with ones you bought somewhere else or (even better) made yourself. A good idea is to wrap ribbons around their original knobs. This tip can especially come in handy if you’re from a small town where you may be shopping from the same furniture store as your neighbor.
Construct your own headboard
Your bedroom is your very own personal space and it would be a shame if you don’t personalize it to its full extent. When you make your own headboard, try to make it as personal as possible. You can make collages of childhood photos, or magazine cut outs, or maybe you’d like to use a skateboard, or a quilt, for example, or an old door. Make it a reflection of who you are and what you’re passionate about.
Place plants inside a non-working fireplace
This may seem silly, but if you’re not going to get that fireplace repaired, you might as well use it for something else. Use a plant that’s vibrant and can survive without sunlight. Some examples are Bromeliads and the maidenhair fern.
Group your framed photos and paintings in one wall
Your cherished moments and valuable pieces of art draw more attention when they’re grouped together on one wall. Don’t worry about using the same frames. Having those mismatched and different shows personality and playfulness.
Re-purpose your old chair
If you have an old chair lying around that you don’t want to use anymore, you might want to dust it off and repaint it instead of throwing it out. You can use it as a bedside table for your books and alarm clock. You can also use it to hold paintings and photographs. This would give your bedroom a vintage and homey feel.
Plant a tree
Of course, this is only a good idea if you see yourself living in the house for a long time. I’d suggest a Crabapple, an Eastern Redbud, or your old-fashioned apple tree. Not only will you be one day literally enjoying the fruits of your labor, but you will also have a gorgeous miracle of nature to remind you that this is your house. You have been here even before this tree grew into what it is. It will remind you that you are home.