Home improvement can be an expensive hobby, which makes it unapproachable for some people on a tight budget. But did you know you can use items you already have in your home, to give your home a new, fresh look?
We’ve gathered some fun and inexpensive upcycling projects you can do at home, with items you already own. When working with items you already have, home improvement can be cheap, easy and accessible, so read on for some great upcycling projects you can do in your home this year.
Use Old Bottles For Candle Holders
First off, we have an easy upcycling project, that doesn’t require any DIY knowledge at all, but will give you a stunning look. Simply take old wine bottles and slide a candle in the top of the bottle, these wine-candles are perfect in dining rooms, where they will give off a European Bistro vibe.
Give Your Vertical Blinds a New Look
Another simple project, if you have vertical blinds in your home, did you know you can just replace the fabric slats? Buying replacement slats for your vertical blind is a lot cheaper than outright replacing it and you can cheaply give your windows a new look, without shelling out for an entirely new set of blinds.
Turn Old Clothes into Cushion Covers
If you have old clothes that no longer fit you, but you have a sentimental attachment to, you likely don’t want to get rid of them. Well, you can transform your old clothes into new pillow or cushion covers with a bit of sewing know-how. This allows you to keep sentimental clothes and show off your style, without relegating the clothes to the back of your wardrobe.
Bring Wooden Furniture Back to Life with Fresh Paint
If you’re unhappy with the state of your wooden furniture or wooden storage units, you can give them a new lease of life by simply giving them a fresh coat of paint. If you’re on a budget, you can simply get a variety of paint testers and paint your wood in a wide range of colours to save you from having to buy a new tin of paint.
Turn Old Dining Chairs Into a Bench
When you replace furniture like seating, it can be hard to say goodbye to your old furniture. But if you have some old wooden dining room chairs, you can transform them into a homemade wooden bench, with a little bit of DIY knowhow and a few extra pieces of wood, you can join these chairs up and make a brilliant bench for your garden.
Transform Tins, Cans, and Buckets Into Plant Pots
This project is for all the people with recycling bins filled to the brim, with old cans, tins and buckets. Rather than simply throwing them away, you can simply cut the top off the tins or cans (make sure to sand the edges after), paint them and fill them with soil. With a few minutes of craft work, you have made yourself some new plant pots for your garden.
Use Old Wooden Crates as Shelving
If you have some small wooden crates lying around somewhere in your home, you can upcycle them and use them as floating shelves. All you need to do is paint these old crates with some wood paint, buy some brackets from your local hardware store and hang them on walls with brackets. This will give you a funky and unique storage solution that will pop in any room.