11 Household Essentials You Should DIY (Not Buy!)
Whether you're moving into a new place or looking to spruce things up around the house, don't think you need to shell out a fortune to create a beautiful space. In fact, with just a few simple how-tos and a bit of creative inspiration, everyone can learn how to DIY almost any home décor essential.
For instance, smart kitchen storage doesn't need to involve extensive (and expensive!) remodeling. Using a handful of hardwood dowels, wall brackets, and an array of multi-surface craft paints, you can transform an empty wall into a minimalist-chic storage system in no time. If you're feeling more handy and have a drill nearby, you can also turn a few plywood and marble tile pieces into a contemporary set of nesting side tables, perfect for displaying a splash of green thanks to one of our favorite houseplants. And don't forget about your furry friends! We've even got the how-to for upcycling an old side table into a charming dog house, complete with a "doggy door" so they can come and go as they please.
To turn your bedroom into the ultimate cozy haven, get try knitting an ultra-comfy blanket—we promise it's easier than you think. You could also upgrade the wall behind your bed by making a gorgeous upholstered headboard out of a folding partition. Looking for even more headboard ideas? We've got you covered with additional projects to try, plus even more simple, budget-friendly ways to beautify any bedroom. However you decide to do it, don't think you need to spend a lot of time or money to transform a space into a place you truly love. Here are our favorite things to DIY instead of buy.
Those pieces of furniture can be pricey. Instead, consider making this industrial-chic storage unit with a few casters, sheets of plywood and pipes.
This might be one of our favorite home DIYs (and it's so easy). Simply buy two matching bookcases and use an old door to create a noteworthy desk. We recommend two 30-inch square bookcases.
Buying a quality bed and linens can quickly add up, which often means the headboard becomes a decorating afterthought. Luckily, we've got more than enough ways you can DIY yours, like this one made from an upholstered room divider.
Knitting a blanket might sound like a daunting task, but it's really not as hard as it seems. We like the idea of totally customizing your bedding to your liking, and this knit blanket makes for the perfect top layer.
Whether you have an odd-shaped window or furniture that is difficult to match, you are only two steps away from the perfect curtains.