Give your home an upscale look, even on a restricted budget, with these clever DIY home decor ideas.
I’m Jeanette, and I’m the DIY enthusiast and writer behind Snazzy Little Things. I love to decorate with industrial elements in a classically-styled backdrop with a little touch of farmhouse thrown in.
My grandfather was an antiques “picker”—he loved to repurpose items back to their original glory. He’d sometimes refer to his creations as “snazzy little things,” so naturally I had the perfect name for my blog! I didn’t realize then how much influence he had on my ability to see the beauty in what some would consider junk. I’m so honored that Better Homes & Gardens chose one of my projects, the DIY dog crate cover shown above, to feature in the January 2017 “I Did It!” section of the magazine. And my sheltie, Buddy, made his debut as well. What a thrill!
My DIY journey began in 2012—I was a single parent living in a brand new builder-grade home. The housing market had just started to rebound. My circumstances forced me to keep an open mind and improve my home on an extreme budget. My DIY skills were developing at best.
Today I’m sharing affordable high-impact projects that I’ve tackled to make our home look luxe for less. And the best part? A DIY newbie can do them, too!
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1. Add Wainscoting and Trim
I wanted my home to make a good first impression, so I focused on the foyer during my first year of DIY projects. After painting the walls a dark, dramatic color, I craved the classic design elements found in my previous 1930s-era brownstone apartment. When I built this house in 2005, I knew that I would add crown molding and wainscoting one day. The foyer wainscoting project significantly upgraded the overall appearance of my home and it only cost about $750. The alternative would have been to pay a builder thousands! This project is how I got hooked on power tools!
Check out this DIY wainscoting tutorial.
2. Paint Doors
Interior and exterior doors can be used to anchor a color scheme or to create even more drama and contrast. My front door was not immune to change during the foyer upgrade project, and choosing black was such a good decision. Eventually I painted all of my interior doors a darker color as well. If black isn’t your preference, go for any color that complements your aesthetic. After all, it’s just paint!
Learn how to paint a door black.
3. Embellish Kitchen Cabinetry
In addition to paint, your cabinetry might need a little embellishment to enhance their aesthetic. In my case, I added trim first then painted our oak paneled cabinets. I followed that with more trim at the ceiling and the bottom to close any gaps. Then I added new hardware and even removed some wood panels and replaced them with faux leaded glass. As you can tell, it was a process that evolved over time. Finally, adding wreaths during the holidays made the cabinets look even more luxe for less!