DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Home | Onlia

DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Home

Take a look at some of these ideas to spark your creativity!

by Team Onlia

There’s never been a better opportunity to stay in and make improvements around the house. While home makeovers can be pricey, they don’t have to be. If you’re willing to put in a bit of work, there are tons of DIY projects that can be done without breaking the bank.

Take a look at these six ways to spruce up your home without losing your mind … or your savings!

Hang mirrors to make rooms feel larger

Large mirrors are a popular design trick that gives the illusion of more space. Small rooms can feel confining and uncomfortable, but mirrors have a way of bouncing light deep into the room, fooling the eye to make spaces look bigger.

Check out these clever tips:

  • Angle your mirror toward a room’s focal point to give the appearance of depth

  • Placing mirrors near windows will reflect natural light

  • Use mirrored cabinet doors to make kitchens look bigger

  • Mirrored tabletops add visual interest to a smaller living room

You can also maximize the effect of mirrors by removing clutter and getting rid of extra furniture, freeing up some more room space. 

Make your own curtain tie-backs

Drapery hardware can get super expensive, especially when you have to buy multiples. So why not create your own, instead? You can make beautiful tie-backs with basic materials such as hemp rope, metal and even beads.

Our favourite version uses metal picture frames and plastic rods, which can be easily purchased at the dollar store. The Family Handyman also has a post dedicated to DIY tie-backs using rope and ribbons.

While you’re at it, why not beautify your table settings, too? Napkin rings are a stunning addition to any dining room decor. Make your own by re-using old hair rollers and shower curtain hooks

Cozy up with a DIY pallet wall

If you love the look of rustic cabins (but live in a downtown condo), you can achieve that aesthetic with wooden pallets. From nurseries to living rooms, a DIY pallet wall can make any space feel cozy, yet unique.

These wooden slabs can be purchased easily, and you’ll even find people giving away scrap pallets for free. Lazy summer days are the perfect time to pick up some basic woodworking skills. You can then transform your boring sheetrock walls ... to modern farmhouse chic! 


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Paint your bathroom tiles

Ripping out ceramic tiles can be costly, and it usually comes with a host of other repairs. Until you’re ready for a proper bathroom reno, painting the tub and tiles is a much cheaper alternative. All you need is some paint, a primer and a few brushes. Be sure to use a ventilated mask, and keep windows and doors open until the project is complete!

Revamp your lighting shades

Some ceiling fixtures make rooms appear cold and uninviting, especially if your lights are covered with those standard metal shades. One way to change this is by swapping them out with drum shades in soft, warm colours. They’re easy to make with inexpensive and easily sourced materials. Customize with your favourite fabrics, and dramatically transform your space in a matter of hours. 

Give your cabinets an instant facelift

Spice up your kitchen cabinets and vanity drawers by replacing factory-issued handles and pulls. There are literally thousands of hardware options out there, so have fun with it! And don’t be shy to experiment with bold designs that reflect your personal style. Here are a few quick tips: 

  • Try deep bronze pulls on white cabinetry for eye-popping contrast

  • Bring a little sparkle by installing glass knobs with a metallic finish

  • Square knobs bring a contemporary aesthetic to traditional spaces

  • Hardware with a hint of colour can look especially pretty against lighter wood panels

Small change, big impact

Sometimes it’s the little things that can really transform a space into one that’s uniquely you. We all know downtime can be hard to come by, so if you find yourself with a few quiet days (or even a few hours), use those moments to start a project or learn something new. Need some motivation to get started? Blast our Spring Clean playlist to get yourself in the mood for some home improvements!


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