Need a little crafting or project fix?
Don’t want to spend a lot of time and money?
Try out these ideas.
Revive dated photo frames.
Don’t dismiss ugly dated photo frames at thrift stores or even old ones you have lying around. Give them a couple coats of spray paint (I tend to lean toward metallic gold), and they have a whole new life. The photo frames in my bedroom that hold my DIY wall art were clearance finds at Target for $5 a pop, but they were the wrong color. Gold spray paint made them fit in perfectly with the rest of the room.
Make a cloche.
Cloches are pretty little glass domes that showcase special or beautiful items. The problem with these pretty little cloches is that they often have a pretty big price tag. I created my own by taking a light fixture globe I found at Goodwill and topping it off with a spray painted baby jar lid and a leftover kitchen knob. The full (and incredibly simple) tutorial is here.
Update your furniture’s hardware.
Anytime I am refinishing furniture, I always try to use the original hardware if possible. It saves money and can keep you from having to drill holes for new hardware. A French country dresser I refinished had beautiful hardware already; they just needed a coat of white spray paint to make them pop.
Bring some color in your home with lamps.
There is rarely a lamp shortage at thrift stores. If a lamp has great shape and lines, buy it, bring it home, and spray paint it. One of my favorite lamp makeovers to date is one I purchased at a yard sale for $1 and gave an aqua spray paint treatment.
Create cute and stylish serving pieces.
Thrift stores are filled with cake pans, pie pans, tart pans and candlestick holders. Buy a couple pans and candlestick holders, glue the pan to the candlestick holder, spray paint it all, and you have a fabulous serving piece. I used tart pans and wooden candleholders to create adorable cupcake pedestals for my daughter’s birthday party.
There is always more quick and frugal project inspiration in my DIY project gallery.
Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at email@example.com; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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