Anyone who has done it knows that moving totally sucks.
For those of you who missed it, June 24 was my personal nightmare. For what seems the hundredth time, I lugged my belongings from one apartment to another, sweating and huffing all the way. Thankfully, I didn’t do it alone. Instead I was reminded again and again how much shit I have. Really? I didn’t notice, Dad.
The good news is, the move is officially complete. (OCD folk like me move and unpack all within the same day. Heaven forbid you let boxes sit for 24 hours.)
I’m on to the fun part… decorating. But something about moving places makes me want to start over with a fresh set of eyes. As the decor sits in the living room, I’ve been brainstorming which direction to go with my bedroom. Do I stay rustic with reclaimed wood, white bedding and gray accents? Or do I freshen the place up a bit, adding color to a stark white apartment?
For those needing to bring a little life into your bedroom, check out these DIY projects that will keep you from breaking the bank.
Forget the cheap Walmart furniture; with just some wood, paint and a few screws, you’ll soon have an adorable bedside nightstand. The best part? It comes with a DIY plan and costs only $12 to make two of them.
As easy way to spruce up your room is to display an ottoman at the end of the bed. Not only is it adorable, it functions as bench to help you when getting dressed on those groggy mornings. While this project is a little more expensive ($43), it’s a huge money saver in the end. A store-bought ottoman can cost upwards of $200. Grab a friend and get started!
A canvas can make a statement in your bedroom. If you’re in an apartment, it’s a great way to add color to the walls that landlords insist stay white. The Hommemaker blog gives you step-by-step instructions for building your own canvas frame to cover in beautiful fabric or paint yourself.
As the king of all things DIY, Home Depot walks you through taping, staining and painting plywood to create a visually pleasing pattern for your wall. In no time you’ll have a statement piece to create the “wow” factor your bedroom needs.
Crafty headboards are all the rage in 2016. With plywood, pallet wood, stain and a nail gun, you can build your own. If you’re not into the rustic look, give the piece a nice coat of paint afterwards and voila! Your room is complete.
If you’re one for a cozier, softer look, perhaps a padded, fabric headboard is more your style. This project is a little more intense than the pallet headboard but the instructions are clear and the payoff is large.
If you already have a down or down-alternative comforter, an easy way to refresh your bedding is to swap out the duvet cover. You have two options: pay up to $300 for a beautiful, pintuck duvet or… make your own out of two sheets, buttons and some thread. This project was inspired by the pintuck duvet from West Elm for $99 – $139.
Throw pillows are a great way to feature accent colors in your bedroom. Whether you’re going for a bright pop of color or incorporating pattern into your room, this DIY pillow project makes the process simple. The best part? Once you have the pillow forms, you can easily change the covers when you need to refresh the space.
Now that the move is over, I’m ready to bore full speed ahead. If you’re looking to DIY, these projects will not only save you money, they’ll give you a little something to be proud of. Who doesn’t like getting a little dirt glue on their hands?
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